I have shown two large paintings based on rock formations and two textile pieces.
These are the half day workshops planned for Workaid in the new Year. they will be based on padded and raised techniques.
January 26th 2017 – Raised stem
February 23rd 2017 – Raised chain
March 30th 2017 – Raised bits and bobs
I have just done a talk for the Maidstone branch of the Embroiderers Guild about the making of my latest book. I will be doing this again for the Enfield branch on Saturday 11th March 2017 with a follow up workshop on Saturday 29th April on ‘Chuck Close’. The workshop will be about working with squares, a key feature of the work by Chuck cCose.
The book has generated a number of new courses based on the work that I have done for it. These are:
Chuck Close – grids, print and straight stitch
Van Gogh – colour mixing with textured stitch
Kandinsky – Geometric shape with couching
Hundertwasser – Bright primary colours combined with pattern and darning for painterly surfaces
John Piper – mono print and mark-making
Morandi – small scale still life with detatched buttonhole stitch
Matisse – pattern and composite stitches
This course aims to inspire embroiderers and textile artists to generate a book of designs that may be interpreted using fabric and thread that may then be made into a variety of items.
During the course we will use a variety of coloured papers to cut and tear, together with simple print to build pattern as a reference for future embroiderey projects. We will try out small stitched samples, to bring the patterns to life and suggest methods of working with fabric and thread. Other techniques will be incising, layering and adding found objects and beads to surfaces.
By the end of the course participants will have a little book full of ideas to take away and stitch.
I have just taught a course at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre as part of the East Suffolk Summer School.
It was a friendly and inspiring event with members of Embroiderers’Guild Branches from the Eastern Region coming together to create, stitch and meet with friends and make new ones.
Lesley Jones who organised it together with Helen did a fantastic job and made us all very welcome.
I was surprised to meet up with a student whom I have not seen for about 30 years. She was in one of my groups when I first began teaching. That must be a networking first!
My group was exploring the work of Italian artist Georgio Morandi who painted the simple beauty of light on forms with a soft delicate palette of colour that reflected the colours of his home town Bolognia where he painted the same small group of vessels all his life. He painted landscape too but we were focusing on the still life objects and working small scale.