Janet Edmonds

Embroiderer, Tutor, Author


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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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WORKSHOPS 2015

WORKSHOPS FOR 2015/6

Based on ‘From Art to Stitch’ 

CHUCK CLOSE

The inspiration is the work of an American portrait painter. He divides his images into grids which when viewed from a distance renders the image to a photographic likeness, but close up each square is abstract.

We will use this idea to turn a photograph into a hand stitched piece.

 

VAN GOGH

We will explore colour and texture through the work of this popular and inspirational artist. We will look closely at the painted surfaces and working with hand stitch, we will record the extraordinary colour combinations to inspire textured, stitched landscapes.

 

KANDINSKY

This artist was inspired by music, geometric shapes and eccentric structures. We use these ideas to create machine stitched surfaces as backgrounds for playful, imaginary 3D figures built from found objects.

 

HUNDERTWASSER

Hundertwasser was an architect who created imaginative buildings that grew out of the landscape. He had a horror of the straight line which he used to great advantage to meander across his vibrant paintings. This course uses applique and couching by hand and machine to depict architecture in the landscape.

 

MORANDI

Italian artist Georgio Morandi used a quiet, close-toned palette of colour to depict small still-life groups. We will combine loose textured surfaces with fine stumpwork-like stitching. Small vessels will be cast using a variety of techniqes with added straight stitching.

 

JOHN PIPER

The work of this prolific artist spans much of the twentieth century, so moves through several styles. This course is inspired by his prints and drawings of architecture that captures the ‘aesthetic decay’ of the British countryside. We will work with mono print to reflect the scribbly style of his mark-making and will combine this with machine stitching to create a small panel.

 

MATISSE

Henri Matisse is a very popular and prolific artist whose work developed through decorative simplification with light , colour and space. Much of his inspiration was drawn from textiles. Taking these elements we will use patterned, printed cloth together with still-life imagery to create rich, decorative and patterned surfaces using composite stitching by hand.


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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

Thread stand

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I have just started using this thread stand designed by my product designer son, Ben. It is a vastly superior stand to the one I had previously which was not heavy enough and kept falling apart.
It sits behind my machine and keeps the thread just where I want it, it has weight to it and it looks very stylish and does the job perfectly. I use cones of thread a lot so it is an excellent addition to my sewing kit. Thanks a lot Ben, it works a treat!

Wire frames

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20130215-141415.jpgThese wire frames are available in three sizes, 120 x 120mm, 120 x 180 mm, 180 x 180mm. They are very versatile, you can wind thread onto them and then stitch into it to create original fabric, working by hand or machine. You can use thread that is difficult to pass through fabric in the normal way. It may be stubby or textured or just too thick, or it may be fragile and easily broken. Open lacey fabrics or densely stitched fabrics can be made. The resulting fabric can be applied to another fabric or cut and pieced as fragments.
Frames cost £4, £4.50, and £5. a set of three, one of each size costs £10.50.