Janet Edmonds

Embroiderer, Tutor, Author


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Vessels

I have at last completed the two vessels started on a workshop taken at Hawkwood college near Stroud. The workshop was lead by Gisela Warburton, a very generous tutor. She showed how to make these vessels and how to really think carefully about how we could add or decorate using Line. We painted twigs from the surrounding woodland and also strips of fabric and studied the relationship between them when placed together on a plain white sheet of paper. We explored possibilities with placement, weaving them together and recorded the shadows created by light falling on and around the material.

It was a very thoughtful process, slow to come to judgement and selection, giving a meditative quality to the making. I have enjoyed making these and taking time to finish them. There is satisfaction in observing closely, mulling decisions over in the mind. Sometimes making is spontaneous and quick and other times it is good to slow down and contemplate options.

Scraped vesselThis vessel was painted black first then covered with white paint that was scraped back.

White

Here I have used just white paint to add a line or two and to fill the upper space with finely cut thread to create a texture that looks stitched.


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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.

 

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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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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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Inspired by Hundertwasser

A small but very select group of students met at the village hall in Marsh Bladon, Oxford, to enjoy a day of stitching with inspiration provided by the exciting images of the Swiss artist Hundertwasser.

We spent the first hour making a simple plan in colour on paper describing an imaginary or well known street. The rest of the day was spent building a colourful image with fabric and thread using the colour palette and simple shapes and lines that this inspiring artist shows in his paintings. Everyone ended up with a small textile set up in preparation for many hours of enjoyable stitching to embelish  their imagined place.

Thank you to the Oxford branch of Embroiderers’ Guild for an enjoyable day.


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Missenden Summer School 2015

imageThis year’s summer school was based on the work of the popular artist Van Gogh exploring colour and texture. Through close examination of his vibrant paintings and recording colour combinations and texture marks students made some exciting papers for design that inspired stitch samples.

They made some texture blocks that were used for print and to make rubbings. The next step was to combine these  to create more complex surfaces for interpretation into small panels.


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Inspired by Georgio Morandi

IMG_4390My summer school at Missenden Abbey this year was about making a small panel inspired by the Italian artist Georgio Morandi. His colour palette is neutral, soft chalky colours, greys, browns, cream and rust.
We explored surface using gesso and scrims onto paper and fabric. Our stitch techniques were based on those used in stump work, detatched buttonhole and needleweaving, with some padding and working with fine threads.IMG_4374

i am doing the same workshop in November 14/16th for Anglia Leisure learning at Hillscourt, Rednal, south Birmingham. Details from Liza Jones info@anglialeisurelearning.co.uk