LookDrawPrint - an imperfect workshop for the creatively curious.

Julie Paterson, the woman of Cloth, has been drawing on the local landscape as the source material for her textile designs for over 20 years. She has simplified her creative methods into a three step process and turned it into a workshop called LookDrawPrint.   The process is dynamic, productive and challenging. It is playful and hands on. You’ll develop new ways of looking and a fresh approach to creating.   Using the local environment as the starting point you’ll explore creative mindfulness, embrace chance and imperfection and produce your own unique prototype textile design directly onto fabric.

Beginners are encouraged because deep down we all know that creativity is an attitude before it becomes a skill.

Please note: there is a $30 price increase discrepancy from the printed price in our Course Guide, this is due to the fact that Julie is now bringing all materials for the workshop.  

This year we are offering 2 levels of LookDrawPrint!

LookDrawPrint: Starter class   Both workshops are based on observation and interpretation and aim to facilitate the optimal experience of flow - that ideal creative experience, also known as the zone, where time becomes irrelevant and the doing and learning states of mind join together in a feeling of energised focus.    As Julie says - "LookDrawPrint is a distilled version of the process that I use when I am making a new design. It is a very much a feel-your-way technique that develops intuition and instinct and keeps you open to chance and opportunity and it all starts with a quiet and focussed walk in nature."   Back in the studio you will develop a group of simple, loose drawings, work them into motifs, cut them into stencils and print a prototype design with them directly onto fabric.   

LookDrawPrint: Extended class (Sun 3 December 2017) This workshop is for people who have already done the Starter class. It begins the same as before, with a quiet walk in nature but this time with the added benefit of experience. The focus is on building upon the work created from the previous workshop, exploring complimentary coordinating designs and working with alternative colourations and layouts. There will be time for play and experimentation with new design motifs, deepening and maturing the skills already learned.    Working alongside Julie in this relaxed and focussed space is a great opportunity to start or extend your own creative practise. Beginners are particularly encouraged because deep down we all know that creativity is an attitude before it becomes a skill. So be prepared to get your hands dirty, work hard and have fun.

Materials List

All materials are supplied. Bring an apron and lunch.


Julie Paterson

Julie Paterson is a painter, printmaker and designer of textiles. She owns a small fabric company called Cloth that I set up more than 20 years ago, because it made sense at the time and still does now. She works with a small team of people who love what they do, making textiles by hand, the old fashioned way. She understands the importance of collaboration with others for the joy of making something together that we couldn’t make alone. In Blackheath, Julie runs imperfect workshops for the creatively curious. She takes commissions and exhibits. Julie’s favourite place to be is working in her studio. Julie has also written a book and a manifesto to live by....“I live a simple life. It feels good.”