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Venue: Online

Dates: This workshop ran from Monday 26th July 2021 until Friday 30th July 2021.

Workshop Information

Course Outline

Precious metals have been used for the decoration of textiles since ancient times, used not only for decoration but to indicate wealth, position and to represent qualification and social status. Metal threads have been interwoven into fabrics such as tapestry, embroidery and lace making producing the finest and most expensive fabrics. For this workshop students will learn how to fuse metal foil and gild gold leaf onto textiles. Students will also have the opportunity to fuse metal foil and gild gold leaf onto their own objects during the week.


The workshop will be run by  Master Gilder Rian Kanduth who has over thirty years’ practice and experience in the field of conservation, with a special expertise in all aspects of gilding.



Students must report for group teaching at 10am for a 30 minute tutorial. Following the first session, students will go offline to create their own work. The afternoon session will include private one-to-one sessions, a show and tell, and a briefing for the following day.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops give you a valuable chance to develop a range of transferable skills. This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in: ArchitectureArt & Design, Fine Art, Conservation, Gilding and Illustration (to name a few).


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 14 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas such as drawing, painting and fine art. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 10 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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