Janet Edmonds

Embroiderer, Tutor, Author


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Textile Residency

Tuesday

This is the first day of my residency at Layby Farm. I painted an A1 piece of paper divided into 6 sections, ignoring the divisions as I applied the ink and crayon. I subsequently cut the paper up into the 6 pieces. I also painted some papers ready to use for collage.

I used my textured papers to create a collage based on a photo I had of peeling bark. the techniques I used were tearing the paper, scrumpling it, piecing and patching, rolling and folding. I have made a surface that is in relief and made of a variety of textures.

These images have been cut from the large painting. I will add further details to them using crayons, inks, paint or collage.


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Residency at Layby Farm, Stoke Mandeville, 11th – 23rd October

Theme: Trees

I will be in residence at Unit 1 Layby Farm, Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, HP22 5XJ from 11th – 23rd October.

I will be working to the theme of TREES and making work from the photographs that I took as I walked the Outer Aylesbury Ring. I am interested in the many details to be found within trees. I like to draw tree bark, lichen, scars and snags on the bark, decaying matter and anything that gives me texture and the patina of decay and ageing. Drawings in the first instance will be translated into stitching. I intend to work mainly by hand but depending on how the work develops, I may decide to add machine stitching.

The residency will end with a workshop 0n Saturday 23rd October that will explore close observation of the marks left by the passing of time, of growth and weathered details on the surfaces of trees. the act of looking, considering and recording the infinite variety of detail will result in intensely worked surfaces on paper and fabric.

Do come and visit.


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Taking Textiles Further

Two further weekends are offered at Missenden Abbey in the Taking Textiles Further series.

Taking Textiles Further is a course aimed at textile artists who have completed certificated courses or others to come and further develop their design  skills within their own textile specialism. This may be anything from embroidery to patchwork, or knitting, felting, weaving or lace making. Students are encouraged to explore ideas and methods of design that may be outside their usual range and to critique their own and others within this supportive environment where peer support is part of the workshop time. Drawing is a key activity and is practised in its widest forms giving learners a very individual and original starting point. There is an expectation that learners will also take a keen interest in contextural issues and the wider sphere of textile practice.

Weekends are designed around broad topics with attention given to design elements and principals and contextural concerns. This year’s theme is ‘connections’ which may be made in many different ways; physical, digital, writings, through historical, geographical and community sources. There is a rich seam of inspiration to be found wherever one looks. Connections may be made through practical means or may be unseen and merely sensed or felt. They may be personal, local, cultural, lasting or ephemeral. This subject provides a feast of exciting but challenging starting points for textile design.

Weekend two 28/29th March 2020

This course considers the design ideas found through investigating connections between people past and present. These may be family trees or historical registers such as lists of people travelling by boat or train, the written word through letters or diaries between family or others or any other written evidence. This is an opportunity to design a unique textile that illustrates personal connections with people, places, or an historical event.

Using the texts we will design with print, transfer methods and Thermofax prints to engage with the connections they present, combining paper, cloth and writing. We will create surfaces that suggest the passing of time and evoke memories using maps and family tree forms and embedded text.

 

W:Dean walkconnection

Weekend three 13/14th June 2020

Connect with recycling and repurpose unwanted objects with reclaimed materials to create a modern icon or container to hold a precious item. Consider using an old garment, a book, an object or piece of jewelery that is past its best and transform it into something else to give new meaning and fresh appeal. Using wrapping and stitching together with old used cloth we will create a new object imbued with special memories and significance.

For further information check out the Missenden Abbey website: Missendenschoolofcreativearts.co.uk


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Missenden School of Creative Arts summer School

Image into stitch inspired by the work of John Piper

August 5 -7th

John Piper worked throughout the greater part of the twentieth Century, exploring a wide range of techniques and subjects. This course is based on his work about the countryside, and how historical buildings connect to their environment.

He used printmaking to illustrate his interests so we will explore mono print as a means to generate ideas. Imagery will come from architectural sources and we will endeavour to capture the effect of ‘shabby chic’ that so appealed to him.

 

For more information contact: alison@missendenschoolofcreativearts.co.uk

 

 

 


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Taking Textiles Further 15/16th June

This workshop looks at the work of Gillian Ayres, a widely respected British abstract artist working across the second half of the twentieth century. Her work has huge energy and vitality, with bold colour and shape and non figurative in its style.

We used this reference to create our own abstract images with strong colour contrasts and surface textures and a playful approach to media

Students enjoyed the freedom of applying  paint in various ways: drips, dabs, splattering, pouring and scraping  and aimed to emulate the excitement of colour and shape as seen in this popular artist’s work.

contact: alison@missendenschoolofcreativearts.co.uk


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Update on large scale piece

Work is progressing on the large scale piece. I have made fabric for the central area and appliqued shapes within it. I have done a lot of stitching within this area and now filling in some gaps to adjust colour.

I have added leaves to the sides, These also have a great deal of stitching on them. Each one took about 5/6 hours.

I have completed the top band with flowers and have worked out the border around the central section. This will have a 17 century verse stitch on it but I haven’t stitched that yet.

A simple pattern of small squares will divide the four quarters. I have made this ready but it will be placed over any seaming that will be done as I join the outside bands.

I have been stitching every day since I finished the design as I am concerned that I will run out of time to complete.