Professional Development

The RSN Degree hosts annual professional development workshops for students of the RSN Degree, RSN Certificate & Diploma and Future Tutors courses. This series of workshops and events includes presentations by industry professionals, designer/makers, artist studios, postgraduates and academics.

Professional Development presenters have included:

Crafts Council – Hothouse

A programme for emerging makers, focused on developing artistic excellence and business ambition through workshops, peer network seminars and mentoring.

Imogen Gray – Business Information Manager, Cockpit Arts

Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers. Since we first started in 1986 we have helped thousands of talented craftspeople to grow their businesses, many of whom have gone on to achieve national and international success.

Aimee Betts (RCA) – Freelance Embroiderer

Aimee Betts is a Mixed Media Embroidery Designer and Creator of Adornments, whose ambition is to bring the traditions of embroidery to the forefront of contemporary design practice.

Beatrice Mayfield – Freelance Embroiderer

A textile designer specialising in hand constructed, embellished and embroidered textiles. Beatrice previously managed the Crafts Council Maker Development Scheme.

Jamie Chalmers – Mr. X Stitch

Jamie “Mr X Stitch” Chalmers is one of the world’s most well known male embroiderers, an internationally exhibited textile artist and curator.

Sarah Corbett – Craftivist Collective

Inspired by requests from craft lovers around the world who wanted to join her craftivism efforts, Sarah set up Craftivist Collective in 2009. She now works alongside individuals, charities, and arts institutions, among others, to address poverty and injustice, using craft as a way of engaging, challenging and encouraging people to play their part in making the world a better place.

Anja Von Kalinowski – Freelance Embroiderer

MA Fine Art graduate and Royal School of Needlework Diploma graduate. In 2014 she has her own show in Berlin.

Titi Abiola, ‘Tilayo’

Embroidery and surface designer working with NGO’s to produce embroidered jewellery and surface pattern for interiors.