Course Instructors


Gail Harker, L.C.G.I.

Gail Harker, L.C.G.I.

Gail lived and taught City & Guilds Creative Studies in Britain for 20 years, and was, for many years, an External Verifier for the City & Guilds Institute.  Gail has taught and continues to teach all of the Certificate Courses in Design and Embroidery at the La Conner center. She has written five books on embroidery, with her latest, Creative Machine Embroidery, recently published in both Britain and the US.






Richard Box

Richard Box

Richard is a highly respected, influential artist, embroiderer, teacher, and author. Trained at the Hastings School of Art and Goldsmith’s College of Art, London, his work has been widely exhibited and published. Over the past 12 years, his Drawing for the Terrified course has proved extremely popular, and is one of a number of courses he teaches throughout England. He is the author of 5 bestselling books.




Barbara De Pirro

Barbara De Pirro

Barbara is a Painter, Photographer, Sculptor, and Multi-Media Artist who has  exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally. She regularly exhibits in solo and group exhibitions in Washington state and has been involved in Public Commissions in the U.S. She travels extensively as a Golden Artist Colors, Inc. Lecturer.








Barbara Gilbert

Barbara Gilbert

Barbara is a textile artist and embroiderer. Barbara, a retired Home Economics teacher, has a life long interest in textiles and embroidery. She is an active member of the Embroiderers’ Guild of Victoria, the Vancouver Guild of Embroiderers’ and the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada. Barbara has completed both the Level 4 Diploma in Experimental Research for Advanced Design and Level 4 Diploma in Experimental Stitch and Multi Media courses at the center. She also has a Level 3 Certificate in Design and Craft (Stitched Textiles) in the Context of Embroidery awarded by the City and Guilds of London Institute and the Level 2 Certificate in Design and Textile Decoration Techniques awarded by the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts.