Textiles Skills Workshop with Nikki Parmenter (Rochdale)


Rochdale Tue 05 November 2019

Textiles Skills Workshop with Nikki Parmenter, for GCSE/A Level Art & Design courses.

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Textiles Skills Workshop with
Nikki Parmenter(Textile Artist)

DATE:    Tuesday 05 November – BOOK HERE
Venue:   Falinge Park High School
| Falinge Road | Rochdale OL12 6LD
TIMES:   9:30 – 15:30

A New Workshop lead by Nikki Parmenter Developed for Teachers of Art & Design GCSE/A Level Textiles.

We are thrilled to have textile artist Nikki Parmenter, join us to lead this first in a series of workshops. Nikki brings her experience both as an artist and textiles teacher, developing this inspiring new course especially for both teachers who are new to the Art Textiles GCSE specification and those who wish to experiment more widely with a variety of new techniques, processes and contexts. It will provide links to specific visual art examples and will explore a range of interpretations, providing the opportunity to develop ideas through the use of media, materials, techniques and processes.

The course will investigate the theme of ‘Underwater’, looking at both primary and secondary sources. There will be a strong emphasis on linking the activities to the work of related artists including Matisse, Haeckel, Hockney and Hokusai, thus covering a range of times and cultures. In addition the environmental theme of ‘Pollution’ will be a major aspect of the course, adding a contemporary element which provides scope for students to link their insights and observations to the development of their project.

You will cover a range of activities which will be suitable for students of all abilities and will suggest final outcomes which will be achievable for those of varying skill levels.

This course is aimed at Textile and Art teachers who are either new to teaching GCSE/A Level Art & Design or those who want to develop exciting new ideas for techniques linked to artists, designers and craftspeople.

Textiles Workshop with Nikki Parmenter

What to expect on the day:

  • You will be required to bring some source materials based on the theme of ‘Underwater’ with you
  •  Samples of my work will be explained, including my inspirations and working methods.

You will:

  • Experiment with a range of media and techniques which will broaden your knowledge and experience
  • Work to a theme using resources provided, including links to other  visual art forms.
  • Explore a range of outcomes such a wall hanging or 3D piece
  • You will experiment with the following materials: fabric manipulation, free machine embroidery, heat techniques using fabric and plastics, entrapment, painting
  • Bring together a range of disparate materials in order to create a coherent piece
  • Experiment with the technique of “drawing” with a free machine embroidery foot
  • Try innovative ways of displaying the final outcome in a 2D or 3D format


  • You will create a finished sampler on the theme of “Underwater.”
  • You will be confident in delivering these techniques to students of all ability levels.
  • Exciting and achievable ideas to enhance your teaching
  • Develop best practices in teaching and learning and be able to use these to create a dynamic course that is fast paced and engaging.
  • An awareness of available resources to support/expand your existing practice.
  • Continued professional development.
  • Learn and practice new and exciting skills that will enhance your teaching

Links to KS4 Art & design Specifications:students will be able to contextualise their research and ideas, drawing inspiration from artists and designers. Students will also evaluate the art, craft and design they study, and develop an appreciation of the impact it has on their own work and that of others.’

Nikki Parmenter Textile Artist work


Falinge Park High School
Falinge Road
OL12 6LD

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Nikki Parmenter textile artistNikki Parmenter
BA(Hons) Fine Art; MA



Nikki Parmenter has a BA First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art and an MA. She has been developing her textile practice since 2005. Nikki is a mixed media / textile artist specialising in large scale pieces incorporating free machine embroidery. She has developed a method of combining fabric, paint, stitch, plastics, upcycled materials and much more.
She taught Art full time at Poynton High School, leaving in 2016 to pursue a career in textiles and education. She delivers workshops, talks and demonstrations to a variety of groups and societies and will be providing Masterclasses at the Janome HQ in 2019. She is a member of North West textile group Textile 21.
She has published articles in a number of publications and has written online projects. She has solo exhibitions at the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead in 2019 and at Gawthorpe Hall in 2020. She has been invited to tutor in Australia in 2020.


  • ‘Superb day – so inspirational! So much covered and a LOT of new skills learnt. Thanks!!’ Jessie L.
  • ‘Loads of info which was GREAT. All really useful & relevant. Brilliant starting point for newish Art & Design teacher. Thank you so much.’ Rebecca F.
  • ‘A great course with lots of hands-on sampling. Great idea to hold it in a school which is much more realistic than an outside venue, gives ideas on taking creative inspiration back to the classroom’.
  • ‘Fantastic day, really useful and applicable to both Art and D&T subjects. Thanks!’


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