Janet Edmonds

Embroiderer, Tutor, Author


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Textile Residency Day 2 Wednesday

I will expand on the A1 painting I did yesterday. I used mainly black ink plus yellow and red. The red ink was a concentrated type and was very strong and not the colour I really wanted. I wet the paper in areas and and drew into the wet surface referencing the tree photos I had before me. The water spread the ink and gave me some nice mixes of colour. The concentrated red was much too strong so I drew over it with a brown Caron d’ache crayon to knock it back.
I used some of the papers I had painted to create a collage based on a tree photo and made a raised surface. It needs more work but I need time to consider what. I worked into a couple of the pieces I did yesterday.
There were a few visitors who showed interest in the work and it was good to consolidate my thinking as I had to explain my what I was doing.

This is a finished piece made earlier to show how I have interpreted the art work


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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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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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New Projects for 2019

I have two exhibitions planned for this year, the first at Hyde Hall, RHS garden in September and the second at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamstead in November.
I am planning a large scale piece based on gardens that will include some metal thread work. I have the design completed and have made a start on the textile. It will take many months to complete.
For the Vision exhibition at Hyde Hall, I would like to make an embroidered chair if I can find the right piece to upholster. I will also use the garden to inspire a vase with flowers.

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Inspired by the garden, I will be making this vase and filling with flowers


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Just Stitch

Come and enjoy a day of stitching at Missenden Abbey on Saturday 19th January 2019

Visit http://www.missendenschoolofcreativearts.co.uk for more information and to book.

Be inspired by colour and mark onto cloth. We will explore straight stitch which is the basis of many simple stitches such as satin stitch, running stitch, back stitch, cross stitch, and seeding. It is a simple mark that can be used as a line, to edge a shape or to create texture by massing it together. It can be the basis of many simple stitches such as satin stitch, running stitch, back stitch, cross stitch, and seeding. It is a simple mark that can be used as a line, to edge a shape or to create texture by massing it together. 

These are samples inspired by objects on a shelf and using straight stitching in

different ways.

 


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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.