It is with huge sadness we learnt of the passing of one of Higham’s most beloved former Tutors, Irene Coulthard, who taught Calico Gardens for years here up until a couple of years ago. Irene will be much missed both as a tutor and as a friend to many students. Irene was skilled and generous with the help she gave.
Irene’s book was bought by many students over the years who regard it as the foremost authority on Calico Gardens. Out of print, it still is in demand amongst textiler who discover the craft – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Embroidered-Calico-Gardens-Irene-Coulthard/dp/0953980804
The lives of many students were enhanced by knowing Irene and the craft she so lovingly upheld and passed onto others remains a beautiful testament to someone who left this world something of beauty.