This 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.
My 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.
i am doing the same workshop in November 14/16th for Anglia Leisure learning at Hillscourt, Rednal, south Birmingham. Details from Liza Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
This course explores the folded form which will be decorated with print and stitch, and is in three stages.
The first is to fold paper into container shapes inspired by origami methods.
The second is to develop print blocks to correspond to shapes and sizes within the folded paper and then to print with them.
Print will be applied to paper and fabric and will be further enhanced by stitch.
This course will appeal to anyone who enjoys construction, print and stitch.
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BUILD – EXTEND – SHAPE
A design workshop for creating three dimensional structures
This experimental design workshop aims to explore three dimensional structures. We will consider the potential of repeated elements to create form using primary sources as inspiration.
students will explore materials and respond to their characteristics as they relate to developing form. They will design and create a simple structure and take away ideas for further work including interpretation into fabric and thread.
A new Adventures course will start in January 2013. The course will run midweek for 10 weeks and will consist of five more artists to be inspired by. Look up dates on the Missenden Abbey website weekday programme for adult learning. www,adultlearningbcc.co.uk
I hope many of you will come and join me.