Charlton Barns, Charlton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0HX | t: 01243 811300 | m: 07976 800965

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Developing creativity

2nd October 2017 - 25th March 2018

If you are interested in enroling on the 2018/2019 course then please do contact me

Full Time - Full

Part Time - Full

Over the past 6 years, I have had the great pleasure of working with students who would like to develop their textile skills and also those who would like to pursue a career in this exciting and satisfying arena.

As we’ve worked together, I’ve had the chance to closely observe how I could best take students on to develop their technical skills to a high level and really begin to explore personal creativity.  I have formulated an in-depth six-month course of foundation workshops ideal for those of you who aspire to a career in textiles or who want to stretch those skills still further with The Textile Space. The course is also perfect for those who need to prepare an impressive portfolio for college or university entrance interviews.

There is no age limit for this new course; anyone with a genuine interest and curiosity in making the best of their skills will find it fascinating and constructive.

So how does it work?

To make sure you are working in the direction you wish to and have as much variety as possible you are able to choose up to a maximum of 21 days of workshops from our timetable over the 20 weeks of the foundation.  Alongside the practical skills, you will receive a tutorial every week.

We will work with you to create the best balance of workshops to make sure that you get the most out of this experience.

You will carry out three practical projects over the course of the six months.

To help stimulate your imagination, we will be taking three day trips to include exhibitions at the beginning of each project.


The projects that you will be working on will include work inspired by the natural world, historical detail and world cultures. Through these projects you will have the opportunity to develop and create your own ideas. The workshops will work alongside your personal projects to help develop your portfolio of work.

This is very much about the process of discovering what you would like to make.

You will be supported all along the way.


The foundation will run from 2nd October 2017  ending on 25th March 2018

How many on a course

I am offering four places on the foundation course and two part time places.

Is it right for you?

You do not need any formal qualification or practical experience; this foundation is designed to give you the freedom to develop your creativity but can also be undertaken by beginners. The course itself will demand lots of enthusiasm and desire to improve your skills supported, of course, every step of the way by me. To make sure that the course will meet your requirements, you will meet with me to discuss what you would like to achieve.


The studio is housed in a beautiful 18th century grade II listed barn on the edge of the Goodwood Estate and nestled at the foot of the South Downs. There is plenty of free parking right outside. You will have your own dedicated workspace as well as use of all machines and equipment in the studio – sewing machines, cutting tables etc. You will have a key to the barn so that you can come and go as you please. You will need to bring your own laptop or iPad but we do have a very good library of books!

There is local accomodation available.  Please ask for details.


The fee for the six-month foundation course is £3,400 and includes all tuition, your personal workspace and key, workshop materials and museum and gallery visits (not including transport)

A 20% (£680) deposit to be made on booking.  20%(£680) by 1st October and the remainder payable in equal instalments of £340.00 commencing 1st November for 6 months.

If you wish to do more than the 21 days of workshops then they would be charged at the public rate.

The only extra cost will be for any fabric and notions you choose to make your  projects with and if you develop a project requiring free hand machine embroidery, you will need to pay for the extra thread. We have a wide selection of art materials such as oil pastels, acrylics etc. which are at your disposal but you will need to bring along any other which you would like to use instead.

Previous students have gone on to do...

Milly Eden took her Textile Space portfolio and skills and achieved a place at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she studies Costume Design. Since graduating she has worked on Downton Abbey and in the West End on the production of Arturo Ui.

Emma Crane-Robinson has started her own business designing and making a children's range of soft furnishings.

Christina Von Gemminghem now has her studio at home and continues to sew for both pleasure and commissions.

Sue Cotten has been teaching teenagers at The Textile Space, Midhurst Sewing Rooms and at local schools.

Call Deborah now to find out more!
07976 800965

Deborah Harwood

Deborah moved from London to West Sussex in 2002 and started a small business creating bespoke hand made textiles, including wall hangings and cushions working predominantly to private commission. Deborah undertook the merchandise design for Chichester Festival Theatre and designed cushions for both Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival meeting. In 2005 she went to Winchester School of Art and gained a BA (hons) in Textile Art. Since graduating Deborah has been teaching at local schools and privately in her own studio, whilst continuing to develop her own practice. Deborah is also an Artist Educator at Pallant House Gallery.  Deborah opened The Textile Space in November 2010. You can see some of her work at