Flight & Light | Amble Bord Waalk

Learning through textiles about the benefits of being in nature, touch, and colour therapy and how movement can impact our mood and emotions.

The Bord Waalk (or not in the local accent and otherwise known as ‘Bird Walk’) is a new walking trail of public sculptures inspired by the bird-life found around the Amble coast. The artworks are being created by nationally and internationally renowned artists, bringing something unique and very special the area. The Bord Waalk will be enjoyed by residents and attract visitors from across the country to Amble.

The Bord Waalk is funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council, with the aim of attracting new visitors to the area, creating more commercial skills and opportunities for artists, engaging local communities with creativity, and encouraging a closer connection between art lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and bird watchers.

Amble Coastline, Photography by Tallulah Clarke, Berwick Academy.

Students from the northeast schools – James Calvert Spence College, Duchess’s Community High School and Berwick Academy were invited to submit artwork referring to a professional brief centred on the Amble Bord Waalk. Here we have the textiles project.


The TICE Textiles Project

The Amble Bord Waalk Textiles Project will feature art that has been inspired by the bird life found around the coast of Amble. In response to this project, we will be designing and creating a light installation inspired by birds and their habitats.

Project Development work by Izzy Liddle, Duchess’s Community High School.
Project Development work by Izzy Liddle, Duchess’s Community High School.

We will be exploring a range of textile media and learning new techniques to create a unique tactile 3-dimensional bird and nest to compliment your mood and personality.


You will investigate to power of touch by creating surface textures and using both natural and man- made fibres. You will experience first-hand how traditional kinaesthetic skills such as embroidery and hand stitching can be beneficial for our well-being in a modern world. Your work will be carefully planned to appeal to all the senses in an exciting and innovative way.

Mentored By: Charlotte Lidde – Textiles Mentor


Student Outcomes:

Please view the final results of Molly Weatherill, Izzy Liddle and Tom Felton from The Duchess’s Community High School.


And finally…

Thank you and well done, not only to the students but to the teachers and staff at Duchess’s Community High School, James Calvert College and Berwick Academy.

A big thank to the funders – Coastal Communities Fund, Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council, to Create North and the companies and contributers involved in the project.

To the students – we hope you have enjoyed this project; we hope in years to come that, you can proudly present an industry written project you did and quite frankly smashed. Well done, and congratulations from everyone here at TICE.

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