Saturday, 24 July 2010

part the second . . .

Well we had a very full on week. My girls worked hard and produced some great samples - at least one of which will be in my next book. Here is a selection -

Liz Smith 1 -
Layers of Vilene Spunbond CS 500 Tyvek and polyester organza, machine stitched onto dyed craft Vilene in a flower pattern.
The layers were then zapped away with a heat gun and the rest taken away with a soldering iron. The beads for the stamen were added later to create a more three dimensional sample.
Craft Vilene is an excellent background for zapping onto as it doesn't distress with heat.

Liz Smith 2 - 
Strips of painted Vilene Spunbond CS 800 and 700 have been cut into wavy edges with a soldering iron and ironed on to painted Bondaweb. Liz wasn't keen on the colour combinations she ended up with but I think they work well together.

Marilyn 1 -
Layers of painted Bondaweb layered with Vilene Spunbond CS 800 and 700 that has been cut with a soldering iron have been ironed a piece of handmade paper. This was in turn applied to a piece of bark cloth using Bondaweb as the adhesive.

Marilyn 2 - 
Strips of coloured Vilene Spunbond CS 800 and 700 and polyester organza that had Bondaweb ironed onto the back; cut with a soldering iron and then applied onto three layers of Lutradur 70 which was in turn zapped around the edges to reveal the three different coloured layers.

Selma 1 -
I always like to encourage students to use the left over newspaper that we have been using in the workshop. This sample has been created by tearing the dyed and painted newspaper into strips and layering the strips up with painted Bondaweb. Scrim and silk fibres have been added for extra colour and texture and Selma has started to stitch her sample.

Selma 2 -
Layers of Tyvek and polyester organza machine stitched in rough spirals onto green dyed craft Vilene. This was then zapped back to reveal different layers and colours.

Sue Benn -
Strips of Vilene Spunbond CS 800 with Bondaweb on the back have been cut with soldering iron and then applied to another piece of Vilene Spunbond CS 800.
These similar samples show the effect that stitch can have on your work.The sample on the left has a uniform running stitch running along side of the shapes giving definition that enhance the design. The irregular herringbone stitch on the sample on the right tends to compete with the shapes.

Teresa -
75gm Tyvek was cut to shape with a soldering iron which was then lightly ironed onto painted Bondaweb which had been previously ironed onto dyed craft Vilene. The whole sample was then covered with a bronze coloured polyester organza which will protect the delicate Tyvek shapes. Teresa is now going to  machine stitch into this sample to define some of the larger shapes.

Vonnie (2 trollies) -
Several layers of Vilene Spunbond CS 800 and 700 cut to shape with a soldering iron layered with Bondaweb up on to craft Vilene to create a very luscious effect.

As you see from the samples the girls worked hard but also had a good time. As and when any of the samples are stitched into I hope to include them on this page.
That's it with teaching the summer schools - 3 in 3 weeks is quite enough. 

Now it's time for ME!!!
I'm off to Shropshire tomorrow to be a student on The Textile Study Group summer school and I CANT WAIT! I am SO excited - it is one of the highlights of my year. A whole week to catch up with friends and work really hard to develop some new work - watch this space! x

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Hot Textiles at The Connaught Centre Hove

Here I am back at the Connaught Centre for the last time before it closes in September. I have worked there since 1996 and have made many good friends both with my colleagues and my students. It will be a sad end to a remarkable era of Adult Education.

I am teaching a 4 day Hot Textiles workshop with 13 students on the course, it's a great group of ladies - 6 of whom were on the design course here 2 weeks ago - see 'Back to the coalface', They must be suckers for punishment!!!!
The students are - Vonnie (2 trollies) Huguenet, Marilyn Donovan, Ann Davies, Dorothy Stevenson, Selma Eroglu, Teresa Surtees, Edwina Mlynowska, Sue Benn, Sue Walters, Liz Smith, Sarah Paterson, Caroline Eldefield and Liz Lundin.

Today was the second day of the workshop and so far we have attacked, Bondaweb - painted and otherwise, Hot Spots and Tyvek with all the attendant use of heat tools. Tomorrow we will be working with various weights of Lutradur and then layering some fab surfaces.

The group painting their Lutradur ready for tomorrow

Teresa - Painted Bondaweb with threads and dried flowers

Ann - Painted Bondaweb onto torn papers with machine stitch

Selma - Painted Bondaweb with strips of painted, distressed Tyvek

Sue Benn - Fab little Tyvek flowers

Caroline - this sample has been created by layering just about everything Caroline could find, it should look like a dogs breakfast but it looks absolouteley amazing - 

Vonnie (2 trollies) - layers of distressed poly organza ready to be stitched.

Don't watch this video if you are of a nervous disposition!

Most of my students will know I tend to encourage a little gentle exercise after luncheon. 
We have now now started doing the exercises to music!!!!! Poor Girls!
Many thanks to Vonnie '2 trollies' for the video clip.

I'm looking forward to seeing what they get up to tomorrow!

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Back to Denman College

12th - 15th July  -  I love teaching at Denman College
Everyone is so well looked after and we always have great fun.

This time it was a Federation event and I was delivering a Hot Texiles workshop. 
The students attending this workshop were Carol Griffiths, Joan Huyton, Jean Jeffrey, Judith Jenkins and Yvonne Jordan. We had a great few days together.

Judith - Dyed Lutradur 130 decorated with dyed and painted newspaper and distressed Tyvek strips.

 Yvonne- Yvonne hadn't used a soldering iron to cut fabric before so this was her first attempt - no bad eh! Bondaweb was applied to the back of the pink acetate satin. The backing paper was removed and the fabric was laid onto a smooth ceramic tile and cut with a soldering iron. Using a soldering iron give you more freedom for more complicated shapes than scissors. Once the shapes had been cut out they were ironed onto dyed Craft Vilene.


Carol - All the students had a try at layering up heavy weight Tyvek with polyester organza, stitching it together then zapping back the layers to reveal different textures and colours below. A bit like reverse applique but with a heat gun.


Jean -Jean created some fabulous layered samples using Lutradur 130 and polyester organza, again cutting it with a soldering iron - this was my favourite.


 Joan -
This fab sample was created by layering dyed and painted newspaper onto Lutradur 130, this was then layered with more Lutradur again cut with a soldering iron. I love it!

A great time was had by all and I will be back at Denman in October to torture more students.

p.s girls - 'Mr Cardiff 'has been removed from that website - a lucky escape I suspect!

Friday, 9 July 2010

The Final Day

The work included in this post was created by - 
Marilyn Donovan, Ann Davies, Vonnie Huguenet, Charlotte Pugh, Helena Mundy, Teresa Surtees, Annie Cannan, Julie Tolman, Selma Eroglu and Dorothy Stevenson.

 What a FAB group of girls - we had a such a great 4 days. They produced an amazing amount of designs and colour combinations. We discussed how you get inspired in the first place and how you can develop and interpret those ideas into your own work. Six of this group are coming back to the Connaught Centre on the 19th to do a 4 day Hot Textiles workshop. I'm really looking forward to it.

Here are some more images for you - enjoy!

The final display of work

Selma painting her design
 Teresa's first fabric print

Julie Tolman's display

This is a section Helena Mundy's scrap paper she cleaned her roller/brayer on.
gorgeous isn't it?

 Marilyn's sample trying out her block and overprinting onto fabric

 I am trying to upload a slide show of images from the workshop but I am not having much luck, I will try again later . . . . . 

Have good weekend

An update! 24/7/10
Ann Davies is a dab and with beads and has started making a pendant based on one of her designs developed on this workshop.

Isn't it FAB!!! what a clever girl.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

3rd day and looking good . . . .

 some of the flipped out designs
 taking a section

Well we have just finished our third day and the ladies have done me proud. Having done all the black and white work yesterday we started by taking sections with 'L' shapes. Any of the design exercises that had been created could be used. The students then traced off 4 designs to choose 2 for making up printing blocks.
Before making up the blocks the students did some flipping and mirroring exercises with their designs to see how they would look. These exercises were then painted in 2 colours. 
This one (above) by Teresa Surtees had been flipped and mirrored twice


 Printing blocks were then made from self adhesive funky foam and mount board. This work is by Helena Mundy. The first experiments to see how the blocks look when printed.

             This block is by Charlotte Pugh.

Having the first play with the block

some rather fab overprinting by Annie Cannan

So come back later in the week to see how the ladies developed their designs into fabric - one more day to go . . .

Monday, 5 July 2010

Back to the coal face.


 getting down to action

I have started teaching my summer schools. This week it is Design, Inspiration & Interpretation at the Connaught Centre in Hove. I have a FAB group who created an amazing amount of work today. The first session the students got down to a relaxing 'play' with paint and brushes describing a journey, imaginary or otherwise. This is an exercise from my book Experimental Textiles so if you have the book you can see the exercise in action.

developing the 'mark making'

I always check with my students to make sure they are happy for me to photograph them and for their work to be published either in one of my books, websites or now on this blog. 

 all of the journeys pinned up on end

The students then got on with the next exercise which was the 'flipping out' exercise from Experimental Textiles. This is one by Charlotte and it wont go into the centre of the page. . . . AARRGHH!!!


Tomorrow we will be taking sections, isolating designs and looking at colour. If there is time we will start on making the printing blocks.
I love teaching this workshop, hot textile techniques are all very well but this is what it's all about- creating ORIGINAL designs. Once I get used to how to do things on blogs I will upload a slide show of a selection of the work.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

It's a BEAUTIFUL day!

It's 7am on a beautiful sunny day in Brighton and the smell of the Jasmine in my garden is amazing. This is the day I am going to really get to grips with my new book. I think I have got the chapter run sorted and the general layout of the book. It seems I spend more time thinking about it than actually writing it. I have to write at least 5.000 words today as my editor is starting to get twitchy. The summer schools start tomorrow so I will be teaching 4 days a week with all the preparation that entails so there will be no more time for writing.
Why do we always leave these things til we REALLY have to do them?  AARRGGHHHHH!
 . . . . . and Yes! I am aware that writing in this blog this morning is yet another way of putting off the inevitable - maybe I will do the washing up now - or the hoovering . . . . .

Hello Jen Hen, thanks for being my first follower - if I could work out how to send you a message I would. This is all very new to me.

Hi Christine - thank you for the first comment on the blog, I hope it will be the first of many on this thorny issue.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Photography and Permission

 Layers of heavy tyvek, machine stitched together and zapped back with a heat gun

There was one small thing that caused one or two niggles over the 2 days at Denman, the taking of photographs without permission. With so many different types of camera now available – from phones to digital video – it is becoming increasingly easy to just snap away and not necessarily think about what you’re taking an image of, why you are taking it and how you are going to use it.
I think most tutors are happy to have general shots of themselves and their work taken for sketch books or to show friends. It is quite a different matter when these images are posted onto blogs and websites. This infringes all kinds of copyright issues. It is important to ask permission to take photographs before you do so. Close up and detailed images of samples and someone else’s work are a very contentious issue. I had a particular run in with a lady who was very busy with her small digital video camera. It is difficult to see what is happening around you when you have about 25 ladies all asking questions and having a good time. When I questioned the lady about why she was taking the film she replied she was going to publish it on her website. I politely suggested that would not be a good idea.
Do you have any opinions on this?

Denman College

 Denman College
I spent 2 very hot, busy and exciting days at Denman College on Monday Tuesday this week. Denman College is the WI's home of cookery craft and lifestyle courses in Marcham, Oxfordshire - inspiring students each year to develop their skills or try a new craft or activity. The Georgian house, set in 17 acres of beautiful grounds is complimented by a suite of teaching rooms fitted out with the latest equipment. Most of the money needed to buy, develop and maintain the College over the years has been raised by members of the Women’s Institute.

A secluded spot in the walled garden

The fountain

Various tutors that run courses at Denman were demonstrating what they do best and promoting their courses. It was great to have 2 days to play with all the new materials I have and meet so many interested ladies. We all had great fun and to top it all we had to eat hog roast and WI scones and clotted cream everyday. OOhh!! It was a nightmare – not! I shall be back at Denman on the 12th July for a 3 day workshop. I can’t wait to get back there. I LOVE it!!! I have even become an associate member of the WI. Who’d have thought? 
There was real garden party atmosphere in the sunshine