Thursday, May 16, 2013

workshop at Art Van Go

I'm teaching a workshop called Bondaweb Birchwood at Art Van Go Knebworth there's a few spaces available. It's a new one for me lot's of interesting and new ideas, 5th and 6th June...if you want to come be quick!!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Workshops and other events...

Workshops with Angie Hughes

They will be taking place at my friend Jacky’s studio in Malvern

Monday 27th May
Stitched Landscapes

Enjoy collaging a textiles landscapes from scraps of your favourite hand dyed fabrics then learn about all the machine embroidery stitches I can squeeze into a day and use then to decorate and enhance your lovely landscape. Pure machine embroidery pleasure.
Course fee £45.00

Tuesday 28th May

Bondaweb Birchwood

*new* Learn about painting bondaweb, iridescent paints, foils, collage and machine embroidery. Course fee £45.00

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th June

Bejewelled Bags 2 days

Taking pattern from artists such as Klimt and Hundertwasser, we will design a little bag with velvet, foils, silks and organza, enhancing the design with machine embroidery. Materials extra
Course fee £85.00


Tuesday 18th & 19th June
Exploring Velvet 
The properties of velvet are quite astonishing, this workshop will explore the effects achieved with dyes, inks and bleaching back in addition to transfoils glitters and lumiere paint. You will leave with a shimmering piece of velvet to stitch at home. Materials extra(2 day workshop includes lots of ideas for free machine embroidery)
Course fee £85.00

Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th July
Mixed Media Garden 3 days

In these three days you will learn about mark making on papers and fabrics and how to convert these patterns into design ideas for textiles. Using collage and stitching, hand and or machine embroidery you will use all these unique materials to create a piece of work inspired by nature.
Course fee £120.00

Email me for more details and to reserve a place

Workshops and Summer Schools around the country

Fri 3rd – Sun 5th May
Exploring Velvet
(see description above) at Missenden Abbey Great Missenden Bucks….. a few spaces left, contact the Abbey to book.

Mon 6th May
Inspired by Klimt
There's a wealth of design inspiration in the artwork of Gustav Klimt. Perfect for a one day workshop. A simple design can be formed quite quickly using collage on cotton velvet, transfoils, sweetie foils, silks and organza, topped off with an afternoon of machine embroidery. A very popular workshop for all abilities.
At Missenden Abbey (please contact them to book)

Wed 22nd May
Machine Embroidery for beginners
Get yourself going with machine embroidery, demystify the workings of your sewing machine and get to grips with free machine embroidery with and without an embroidery ring. At Bramble Patch Weedon Northants, contact Bramble Patch to book.

Tuesday 11th June
Twinkling Brooches …….....foiled, collaged and handstitched on black felt, cost includes all materials and delicious refreshments...and you leave with a finished twinkling brooch!
10am til noon £25.00 (book a place via me) At Blue Ginger Gallery Stiffords Bridge, Worcestershire.

Tues 9th July
Talk to Alsager Embroiderers Guild 2.00pm
Alsager Library, Sandbach Road North, Alsager,ST7 2QH

29th July – 2nd Aug
Oxford Summer School

5th Aug – 9th Aug
Missenden Abbey Summer School

12th – 16th Aug
Inkberrow Design Studio Summer School

19th & 20th Aug
Open Studio at Bramble Patch

Other Events

I will exhibiting as part of Blue Ginger’s ‘A Passion for Stitch and Textiles’ exhibition from 1st June till 14th July.

I will also have work in the textile show during Ledbury Poetry Festival at the Weavers Gallery, Church Lane Ledbury it has the theme of 'The Beauty of Books' and runs from 2-14 July

Also I will have some work in the Shell House Gallery in Ledbury, it is a book arts project that I’ve been doing with Valerie Mclean, Jeanette McCulloch, John Rose, Philip Weaver, Andrea Mclean, Molly Rosier to name but a few. It will be upstairs during the poetry festival.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Feathers and Leaves....the meditation of making

I'm working on a new project for the Poetry Festival Exhibition at the Weavers Gallery Church Lane, Ledbury. A nice loose theme this time based on books.

I've noticed that when i look at images of my work the music i was listening to at the time of making comes to mind. I also noticed that everytime i look at this experimental piece of work it reminds me of 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern.

I was thinking about the process of transfer printing and colour... it was instinctive making with no end in mind. While i was doing this i was listening to the talking book of 'The Night Circus'. So now in my mind only this piece and the book are firmly connected.

For this next piece i have partially staged the experiment. I read 'Prodigal Summer' by Barbara Kingsolver years ago,,,,i loved it though i had forgotten quite a few parts but in the back of my mind i had the colour green.

So i painted papers with transfer paints, picked out some nice fabrics switched on the talking book and began working with no other preparation....heres the result
it's called feathers and leaves, the feathers are not quite what they seem....

“This is how moths speak to each other. They tell their love across the fields by scent. There is no mouth, the wrong words are impossible, either a mate is there or he is not, and if so the pair will find each other in the dark.” 
― Barbara KingsolverProdigal Summer