Janet Edmonds

Embroiderer, Tutor, Author


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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. 

 


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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.