The city-centre sewing school run by artist and author Ruth Singer celebrates its 2nd birthday this April. After a year of planning in 2011, Ruth won the Haymarket’s BIG IDEA competition and opened Ruth Singer Studio in April 2012. The competition provided £1000 start up funding and a free empty shop unit in the Haymarket for a month. Winning the competition gave Ruth Singer Studio the perfect beginning and the studio has gone from strength to strength. In 2013 the studio moved to Makers’ Yard, the council-run new studio for artists and makers, in a converted hosiery factory on Rutland St.
The studio now runs weekly dressmaking classes, pattern cutting and other specialist workshops, along with creative textiles sessions, beginners classes, mum and baby sessions plus parties for children, adults and even hen parties. In two years Ruth Singer Studio has become and established brand in Leicester’s cultural scene and attracts students from the city, county, region and even international visitors from as far as Hong Kong!
Students come to Ruth for the mix of professionalism and creativity that her varied career background offers. Before setting up her own textile practice in 2005, she worked in museum education for several years. This gave Ruth a strong grounding in marketing, event management and financial planning, which has all helped with making her teaching business a success. Ruth now employs two freelance tutors along with taking interns from local textile degree courses.
Alongside teaching, Ruth also writes sewing books and exhibits her own work in galleries internationally. She is currently working on a major solo exhibition at The National Centre for Craft and Design in Lincolnshire, for 2015.