Marking Time
in Assynt

Geology Art and Writing course

Book now for 2014!

My studio sits surrounded by the magnificent mountains of Cul Mor, Suilven, Canisp and Ben Mor Assynt, in the North West Highlands Geopark. Not surprisingly, I have developed a deep interest in the story of the formation of this ancient landscape and it now forms the inspiration for much of my work.

And so, in August 2014, along with writer Christian McEwen, I am launching a new course which will concentrate on this theme and which, like the course we have been running on the Summer Isles, will explore both visual and written responses to a week of close communion with this landscape. To find out more, go to the Marking Time in Assynt page.


Embroidered Landscape

To co-incide with my recent interest in translating the landscape around my home into embroidered textiles, I have developed a new course, which will take you through all the stages - from choosing a composition, through dyeing, print-making and collage and on to embroidery - all of which give you a rich collection of skills with which to produce you own textile interpretation of this theme. Visit Embroidered Landscapes for more details.

Scrapbooking from Scratch

Scrapbooking from Scratch

This exciting new Winter Weekend is an opportunity to escape to the Highlands and spend time away from all distractions, indulging yourself in some creative activity. The workshops will show you how to turn that pile of special photographs and souvenirs into a beautiful hand-made memory journal.

See Scrapbooking from Scratch for more details.

Jan Kilpatrick

Artist and Teacher


Summer 2014

Summer Exhibition

Textile Exhibition

Over the last few months I have been working on a series of large textile wall-hangings, all inspired by the landscape around my home. These will be displayed at The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, from Saturday 19th July until Sunday 31st August, as an outreach part of the An Talla Solais Members' Show. Open normal cafe hours.

To preview this work visit the Large Textile Works on this site.

Making a Summer
out of Winter


This weekend in November is designed to encourage participants to find time in their lives for small practices that will lead to an increase in their personal well-being. Join Jan and Hazel as they explore creative ways of finding light within the darkness of winter.

Visit the Making a Summer out of Winter page for more details.

Open Studio 2014

Jan's Studio in Elphin is open to visitors between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on the following days:

Easter: 17th - 24th April

Summer: 1st July - 10th August

Elphin Winter Market - Saturday, 8 November

Christmas: (Saturdays & Sundays)
6th & 7th December
13th & 14th December
20th & 21st December

Open Studio

Creating Assynt is a series of community workshops for all ages producing art and writings in response to the ancient landscape of Assynt in north west Sutherland.

Tutors: Jan Kilpatrick and Christian McEwen.
25th Aug 2014 Knockan Crag : A Moving Landscape
26th August 2014 The Bone Caves : Back in Time.
27th August 2014 A Wee Look at Little Assynt
29th August 2014 Opening of Exhibition

Autumn/Winter 2014

Travelling Exhibition at various Highland venues.

For more information visit

New Course
New Location

summer isles creative writing course

From Rags to Riches -
A Rag Rug Retreat

I am excited to be offering a new course at a venue new to me - a delightful Victorian guest house on the lovely shores of Loch Ness. This retreat is specially designed to give you a completely stress-free break from the bustle of life. Not only will you be able to soak up the Highland atmosphere but you will learn this useful and satisfying traditional craft and how to convert it into all sorts of home furnishings.

Visit the Rag Rug Retreat course page for more details.

Garden Mosaic

Mosaic Garden Tables Crieff

This May's crop of Garden Mosaic Tables were magnificent and so I have updated the course page with some new photographs. This course is very popular and will be running again next year, but in March, when we will be working in Allan's Studio, rather than out in Katy's garden. It will be the last time I run this course in Crieff so, if you have been thinking about attending, it might be a good idea to book early.

Visit the Mosaic Garden Tables Crieff course page to find out more.

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