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Folkestone Academy Students to be the Next Sewing Bee

Students to be the Next Sewing Bee

News : 02 May 2019

Folkestone Academy Sixth Form Art students took part in a textile workshop at the Academy with Janet Robinson from Draft & Stitch based in the Creative Quarter in Folkestone. Students were introduced to sewing, to which many students had never used a sewing machine before, through learning simple techniques and the process of layering material.  The workshop will further support the Fine Art students with their A-Level course and give them new skills to add extra dimensions to their designs and art pieces.

Janet Robinson is a qualified textile specialist and owns Draft & Stitch which is based in the The Robing Room Studio at the Glassworks in the Creative Quarter of Folkestone.  She holds a number of training sessions and short courses in a variety of sewing faculties. More information on her work can be found at

Katherine Langley, Art teacher at the Academy, organised the event, she comments: “Our students were so engaged in the workshop delivered by Janet. It’s so important that students see it is possible to work as a practising artist in our local community.  They really enjoyed the practical elements of the workshop but also how Janet had interpreted their theme of ‘Beauty in Decay’.”

One Sixth Form student commented: “This is the first time I’ve used a sewing machine before, it was pretty easy to set up and start sewing the sample materials together. I’m definitely looking forward to using these skills in the future to make my own clothes!”