Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre


  • Catherine Nicholls - Biography
    Catherine Nicholls - Biography

    Catherine lives and works in Gibsons, B.C., and draws inspiration from the natural world, her travels, and the people she meets along the way. Stories, legends, and the history of people, places, and cultures are the creative raw materials for themed exhibitions worldwide.
    Catherine’s work is developed through painting, drawing, and collage usually on paper. This careful planning and exploration of ideas allows a more liberated and intuitive approach when it comes to fabric, paint, and mixed media techniques.
    She works on paper and fabric with discharge, dyeing, drawing, painting, and printing. Textile pieces are then densely stitched either by hand or machine and often both.

    Catherine has exhibited in North America and Europe individually and as a member of SiX and is one third of thr3fold journal, “the journal of creative vision” and various pieces tour Europe on an ongoing basis. Teaching has formed a large part of her daily life, with workshops in locations around the world in patchwork and quilting techniques, sketchbooks and journaling, life drawing, design, and other passions. Catherine is proud to be a Brand Ambassador for Mettler Threads.


Sunday - Friday October 06 - 11, 2024


$400 plus $25 lab fee

Finding the Line

A workshop with Catherine Nicholls

In art, a line is a fundamental mark or stroke that defines the shape, contour, or outline of a form and can convey motion, direction, or emotion. 

In this workshop, we will explore all the ways we can make line in textile art. Lines in layers through transparent fibre, reactive dyeing, lines of resist in indigo, and then the magical combination of layering fibre, reactive dye and indigo. We will be layering line upon line by making all sorts of fundamental marks – stitch, simple print, marker and all sorts of unconventional ways to add line on fabric. 

We will be digging into this favourite element of design, line, and “take it for a walk” as well as exploring transparency. Inspired by their own inspirational images, students will be starting with some simple design activities on paper, then working with Procion dye, Indigo and screen print inks, finally adding drawing and/or stitch to complete their designs. 

Students can approach this workshop as a series of samples and explorations or work with intention towards a goal. As always design will form a big part of our study and samples often have a way of coming together to create a unique textile masterpiece.  

Images below: Image 1: Visual source image (trees in forest), Image 2: In-progress design activity, Image 3: “Lively” indigo vat, Image 4: Indigo “in-progress”, Image 5: Washed and pressed indigo on silk