Create and Enjoy! - NORAH STOCKER  ARTIST

Norah Stocker lives near and runs her own business in Coggeshall, Essex. She is qualified Printmaker, Art, Design & Textile Artist and adult teacher of City & Guilds. She offers talks, teaching and mentors her exhibiting Focus group.

For the last three years Norah has been exploring the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi in her art, print and textile work. Natural forms and the spiritual symbolism, the cycle of life and rebirth, impermanence, decay and incomplete. Fine art printmaking is incorporated into her art on textiles and papers as it is in teaching. 

Natures cycle of the seasons with the circle of endless beauty of natures colour, texture, harmony. The impermanence of the natural world and the cycle of rebirth. Norah is exploring ideas of creating visual decay in methods of applying inks in soft tonal colours and ghost prints to create small ancient art.

Norah has exhibited regularly throughout East Anglia in recent years. Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings Suffolk,  Curwen School of Print, Solo Exhibition Red Lion Bookshop Gallery, Braintree Museum six weeks, The Minories Colchester, Rhodes Gallery Brentwood, Denny Abbey Cambridge, Festival of Quilts, amongst other local venues. A national finalist for the "Inspired by the V&A" in 1999.

Norah is a  founder member of the O2 Group. A member of The Guild of Essex Craftsmen, Gainsborough House Print Studio, Printmakers 8 Group.  SAQA International (Studio Art Quilts Association), the Essex Region Textile Forum (ERTF).  Quilters Guild, the Embroiderers Guild, Lace Guild, Cotton Scatterers quilting group. 

Norah Stocker (Artist) 

Hello - Welcome to Fantasia Textiles! The photos below are of my Coggeshall studio which is a creative textile haven which many of my students have been enjoying! Do have a look around below and the menu on the left to view the galleries, workshops, events 2017 looking forward to seeing  you soon! Do visit and like my I put regular update photos on to this facebook page.Look forward to your visit. 

IN MEMORY OF ZOE COX: My very dear friend and colleague Zoe Cox sadly passed away on 14 March 2015.  Zoe will be sadly missed but remembered in our hearts for always. Zoe's donations to The Zoe Cox Brighter Future Fund (Great Ormond Street Hospital). 

In the beginning of Fantasia Textiles:

I started Fantasia Textiles in 1999 selling my creations at the Braintree Museum, Essex.  I had a wonderful time making small fabric character dolls out of unusual fabrics and embellished with beads. Each doll was sold with her character on her label. Small and unusual bags made out of fabrics I had created , little beaded amulet purses, fancy mirrors plus many other items.
Have you ever had an idea for a design and wanted to create this into stitch but using exciting techniques - then these workshops are for you. They will be fun and you will be able create your own designs.

NEWS SPRING/SUMMER 2017  WORKSHOPS PROGRAMME click here to view outline of workshops. For vouchers and special occasions please go to the workshops page. I also take private bookings with workshops of your choice!

NEWS PRINTINGMAKING PROGRAMMEFOR2017: would you like to learn a variety of fine art printing methods then do have a look at the printing workshops available every two months on a Saturday. click here to view the workshops for 2017. 

NEWS: I offer Design2Stitch vouchers for special occasions ie birthdays etc. I can also arrange a minimum of four friends to book one of my workshops of their choice at the studio for a special occasion. I also have regular private groups of up to eight persons book workshops at my Coggeshall studio. I frequently teach at other venues by request. Please contact me to discuss further or 01787 222946 eves/wends


Do have a look at the 2017 workshop listing   .... I will also be teaching workshops and courses at other venues. 
Lots of new workshops, courses and groups to be entered onto the website
click here to see workshops or click on 2017 Workshops on the menu selection on the right of this page. So please click here Diary and Events page 2017

Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, 
Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ

"Tomb Treasures"

This year four members who have been studying and exploring ancient Egypt. The burial tomb wall paintings, 3d items and treasurers.  Our work has been based upon our findings and exploring methods used in ancient Egypt to create a series of work for our exhibition. 

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 -10am to 3.30 pm
  £35.00 to be held at my COGGESHALL STUDIO  (all bookings

Come and have fun with others to create a unique Christmas wreath for the day. 

“Create a beautiful hand made fabric Christmas wreath using a variety of fabrics, ribbons and lace to hang in your home or gift to a friend. Each student will as always individualise their own wreaths and are positively encouraged to bring or add any vintage or special fabric, ribbon, lace of their own. No sewing required just enjoy look forward to seeing you”.Norah -Suitable for all abilities

MAY 3-26 2017
NORAH STOCKER - solo exhibition
High Street, colchester. 
"ANCIENT JAPAN EXHIBITION" I will be exhibiting my Japanese printmaking series. I will also have some of my Japanese textile work, weavings and ceramics on view.
I have been invited to exhibit some of my work at this gallery. I will also be there on Thursday 04 & 18 May to meet the artist morning. I will have sketchbooks and smaller textiles to discuss with yourselves.  Do come along and have a chat.  Look forward to seeing you. 
A huge thankyou to all who visited my exhibition especially at such an incredibly sad time for myself and my family. Many of you met my husband Ray who sadly passed away 15 May 2017 . He will be missed beyond words could express. 



Saturday 4 - Thursday 8 JUNE  
 open 10 am - 4pm
Norah Stocker (Artist)  collaboration with Chris Notryte (Sculpture Artist). Delighted to exhibit with my son. His beautiful sculpture work will be on display along with my new textile hangings. Look forward to seeing you. 
Obsolete and Impermanence Exhibition 

APRIL 2017

WORKSHOP teaching seascapes, applique, layering and free machine embroidery

A HUGE thankyou to all the lovely members of this group. I really enjoyed teaching you all.   How well you all did with your free machining then creating small seascapes and beach hut scenes. Look forward to  seeing them do email me. Norah

MARCH 18/19 2017 
11am to 3pm 
Fantasia Textiles Studio, Unit E2,
East Gores Farm, Salmons Lane, 
Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1RZ
Do come along and see the wonderful work these students have created over two years. Look forward to seeing you. 

A BIG thankyou to all visitors over the weekend. It was so lovely to meet old and new friends. Lots of interest and the students thoroughly enjoyed the comments and encouragement from you all as well. 

Good luck to all the girls Mandy, Helen, Sarah and Kay for their creative future. 

We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!