Sunday, 31 July 2011

Textile Study Group summer school July 25th - 30th

 my charcoal drawing of a section of the still life

Drawing is the backbone of all creative work - and something I do very rarely unless I am made to. I never find the time to do something that is so important and should really be practiced weekly if not daily!!!!! I am very ashamed to say I only draw once a year - at the Textile Study Group summer school. textilestudygroup.co.uk I always promise my self I will do more, I have all the kit I could ever need, I just don't make the time. Projects like The Sketchbook Challenge (see link on the left of this blog) are very helpful in addressing this. Do any of you get together to make yourselves draw?

There were three tutors teaching on the five day summer school. Rosemary Campbell, Alison King and Bobby Britnell. I was on Alison King's course. The title of our course was Meaningful Territory.


Alison had set up a stunning black and white still life down the room and our first exercise was to take a section and draw it in charcoal. There were several old and very beautifully dented and distorted buckets and black and white printed fabrics included in the still life. We then took another section and painted it, black on white. We had all been asked to bring two items to add to the still life in certain colours. These were then added to the display. We then created a paper collage of a section of the now very colourful still life.

my unfinished paper collage of a gourd that looks like a pepper!!!!

Being able to attend a five day summer school and really get into drawing, looking, seeing and just working with materials is a great treat for me. Because I teach almost continually it is very important for me and to me,  to have a break and develop my skills so I don't become dull. We all need to revisit old skills and learn new ones to remain fresh and interested in our work and others.
Our group of 16 was quite lively, with a few powerful personalities and Alison coped magnificently with us. We worked very hard but had great fun at the same time.

There was some amazing work produced on our course - I have chosen 2 of the group's work to show you all to give you an idea of what we were up to. Both Ruth and Jill and have given me permission to publish their work on here. . . .




Jill Paterson executed these beautiful drawings and then went on to take sections, traced off the design and then started to develop the designs in fabric. There is never enough time to get anything finished properly but the initial drawings and original ideas which are SO important are worked through to a point of near completion.




Ruth Tykiff combined her drawing incorporating a mask with paper collage, making it quite textured. (you can see the section she took on the end of the table above) The next stage was to develop it into fabric - as you can see, Ruth did a superb job, she ran of time to get it all stitched down but it would have been a great shame to rush such a fabulous piece of work. 

 The West Pier - Brighton

Apart from working with the still life the group had also been asked to bring in some of their own inspiration. I took in this image of a section of the West Pier in Brighton. I love all the distressed, encrusted iron work and the layering up of all the marine detritus that creates an amazing 'shaggy' look.



I chose to develop some work based on my inspiration of the pier. The large herringbone stitch was meant to echo the the crossed steel supports of the pier but it all ended up a bit fluffy. The work needs more definition. I suspect I will develop this theme further and incorporate galvanised steel rods to give a 'harder' edge to the piece. I have layered up old painted and dyed newspapers, stitched and slashed and then distressed to give the 'shaggy' look. Painted Bondaweb and gilding flake have been included to give a bit of a lift. I hope to have a resolved piece for the Exeter show in September.

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So - now it's back to the real world - my book delivery should arrive tomorrow or Tuesday and I have a lot of orders to get out. All books ordered before midday on the 8th August will include a free 'Hot and Sticky' pack to play with - so I had better go and make some packs up!!! The book looks very good with a new style of cover, it is relief to see it and hold it in my hands. I am so grateful that my editor sent me one of her copies so I could see it before my main delivery arrived.

 now where am I going to stack 15 boxes of books . . . . 


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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Re Launch of Shoreham Gallery

Shoreham Gallery, 27 Brunswick Road, Shoreham - by - Sea

I am now part of a co-operative! oooeerrr!!!! There are 20 or so artists in the group and we all take turns in manning the gallery and taking on extra jobs to help things run smoothly. The gallery is just by Shoreham railway station so we are busy all day with passing trade and regulars popping in for a chat. The area is full of lovely small independent shops, it has a small village feel - quite intimate. I love being in the gallery, it makes such a wonderful change to dashing all over the country. The gallery was previously a few streets away from it's present location and we moved 3 weeks ago to these lovely new premises. There is a small garden at the back and a room upstairs I will able to use for workshops - Yeehaa!!! Somewhere to teach near me. The room is on the small side so I think it would take 8 students, that's enough to have some fun!



The re launch party was from 4 pm - 7pm, all the artists had jobs to do. replace light bulbs, polish glass, get the kitchen clear and ready for action. We had live music during the party - it always makes such a difference.


The lovely Wanda created some fabulous canapes, very tasty morsels with just a little garlic.. . . mmmm!!! they were scrummy. We were also serving strawberries and chocolate - Oh I tell you, it is SUCH a nightmare having to be sociable while munching.


By 5 o'clock it was very busy and we were starting sell well, from small night light holders to large paintings. It was so good to see things going well, everyone has worked so hard to get to this point. The ribbon was cut by 'William Shakespeare' to formally open the gallery and he read out a few sonnets for good measure. 

'William Shakespeare' with some of the artists and party guests

The ribbon - cut

 it got quite crowded and and we had to spill out into the garden and onto the pavement


 This very special girl is Jose Heasman, you may know of her as an amazing stained glass artist who exhibits in my Open House. Jose has been the driving force behind the gallery, the move and organising the party and all the artists. I don't know where she gets her energy from.
She is a Superstar! 


I received a copy of my new book, Layered Textiles, this morning - there are 4 copies in the country at the moment. The super advance copies are sent out to check the quality of the printing before the main delivery is dispatched. My editor very kindly sent me one of these precious copies. I was a bit concerned about the new style of cover - I needn't have been - it is FAB. I won't say anymore apart from - you will enjoy stroking it!!!!! The content of the book is O.K. too. My delivery should arrive direct from the printers on the 1st of August. I have loads of orders to get out - all with their special free pack of goodies.

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I'm off tomorrow to attend the Textile Study Group Summer School. I shall be a student and it will be BLISS!!!! I have nearly sorted all the materials I need, I will pack the car in the morning.
 It's 11.20pm, it's been a busy and very exciting day, what with the book arriving by FedEx and the re-launch - time for bed I think . . . . .  

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Friday, 22 July 2011

New Workshop Update

 Extreme Surfaces for Stitch - Denman College  7th - 9th December
layers of Vilene Spunbond, Tyvek and polyester organza  machine stitched to pelmet Vilene and zapped with a heat gun

I have finally had word that my new book, Layered Textiles, will be delivered the first week of August. Much later than it was promised but at least I have a date. AARRGHHHH!!!! I do so hope it is worth the wait - I am still a bit concerned about what they have done with the cover. The anticipation is killing me  . . . . 

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There have been a few changes with my Denman College www.denmancollege.org.uk workshops. Firstly the July workshop next year, Hot Textiles part 2, has been brought forward to January 9th - 11th. I have also added an extra workshop for Denman this year - December 7th - 9th Extreme Surfaces for Stitch. My courses are always fully booked at Denman with waiting lists - me teaching at the W.I. who would have thought??? It is a great place to teach and wonderfully relaxed place to be a student. Their website is being up dated at the moment so if you can't find what you need to on there, give them a ring.

Hot Textiles part 2 - January 9th - 11th
Vilene Spunbond layered with copper ribbon, machine stitched together and zapped with a heat gun

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I'm off to help hang the new gallery I am involved with in Shoreham sg.1stpage.biz/index.asp for
The launch is tomorrow and we are all very excited about it. I will take some photos today and do a quick post tomorrow. At some stage very soon I need to start thinking about what I need to take to the T.S.G. Summer School. I have a materials list as long as my arm and I leave on Sunday to drive up to Newport. It is going to be SO GOOD to be a student for a week, I am so looking forward to it.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Layered Textiles - Delayed!!!


AARRRRGGGGGHHH!!!!!! I STILL haven't heard when my book is arriving from the printers in the Far East. It was due to be delivered last week!!! I am so SO fed up - and I am sure those of you who have pre-ordered from me are also getting a bit peeved. Needless to say as soon as the delivery arrives I will send the orders out along with their special Hot & Sticky packs. 

I am off to attend the Textile Study Group Summer School textilestudygroup.co.uk on Sunday so I am praying the books arrive before then. If not, I will have to try to get some of the books delivered to the Summer School and post them from there.

They shouldn't be MUCH longer . . . . . . .  

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Monday, 11 July 2011

Hot Textiles Holidays in France 2012


Phew! it's 34 degrees centigrade here in the Charente Maritime - too warm for the this English Rose! I am ensconced in Sue and John's lovely cool house. Teaching here September and October seems to be a very good idea - it should still be warm but not baking!!! 


There are fields upon fields of sunflowers and grapevines in this area of France, it is stunning and so peaceful, 3 cars have driven past the house today. There are plenty of places to walk - around the hamlet or out into the fields. The sloes are about to ripen and the walnuts are on their way. There is inspirational colour and texture every where you look from flowers to old distressed doorways and brick work - gorgeous.

The light through the grapevines is beautiful

the Campsis in Sue's colourful courtyard garden is fabulous this year
Hollyhocks self seed every where - it is SO frustrating, when I try to grow them they get rust!!!

So to the workshops and the main reason I nipped down here to see Sue. That and the amazing party I was invited to, I had to come for that as John's band Bedrock was playing. www.bedrockboogie.com  

These are the basic timetables for both workshops but they are liable to change. As the groups will be so small I am hoping to attract beginner level students. I will be able to give them plenty of help and encouragement and be able to teach virtually one to one most of the time.

Hot Textiles - Bondaweb for beginners 2012

 Bondaweb for Beginners, 26th September - 1st October 2012 with tutor Kim Thittichai.   
Learn how to use Bondaweb creatively in a relaxed and comfortable environment. This is designed for beginners or those who feel they need a little help. The workshop will cover all the basic bonding processes including how to paint and foil this wonderful product. Discover how to build up layers of hand stitch and embellishment. Learn about decorating wood, paper and card and about just how versatile Bondaweb is. Please note the deposit is non-refundable. Balance payable by 26th August 2012.



morning
afternoon
evening
Wednesday 26th

Students arrive

Social evening meet your fellow guests and tutor and introduction the course.
Thursday 27th

Painting and preparing products and demonstration.
Local outing
tbc
Relaxed evening
Friday 28th

Learning to apply painted and unpainted Bondaweb.
Play with gilding flake, jewel dots, fabrics . . . .
Discover what you can apply Bondaweb onto. Students decorate and varnish a sketchbook cover.
(provided)
Sit and hand stitch if you wish or just relax.
Saturday 29th

Trip to local market a wonderful source of inspiration.
Students start to develop their own ideas and paint up more product for the final day.
Sit and hand stitch if you wish or just relax.
Sunday 30th

Work on layered surfaces and experiment with more unusual fabrics and newspaper.
Stitch into samples or carry on with experiments.
Final round uo and show and tell.
Final evening
Monday 1st


Students depart





Hot Textiles - Luscious Layers 2012
Luscious Layers, 3rd - 8th October 2012 with tutor Kim Thittichai.  
Discover the delights of layering materials and techniques. This workshop is designed for beginners or those who feel they need a little help. We will be painting, layering and stitching Tyvek, Vilene Spunbond and newspaper to create amazing textured surfaces with heat guns and soldering irons. Learn how to use heat guns safely and confidently. There will be plenty of time to create some beautiful and well considered samples to take home. Please note the deposit is non-refundable. Balance payable by 3rd September 2012.


morning
afternoon
evening
Wednesday 26th

Students arrive

Social evening meet your fellow guests and tutor and introduction the course.
Thursday 27th

Painting and preparing products and demonstration.
Local outing
tbc
Relaxed evening
Friday 28th

Discover the benefits of layering products. Think about making book covers or vessels.
Start to build up layers with newspaper, Vilene Spunbond, Tyvek and Bondaweb.
An afternoon to experiment with all the products and get to know them.
Sit and hand stitch if you wish or just relax.
Saturday 29th

Trip to local market a wonderful source of inspiration.
Students start to develop their own ideas and paint up more product for the final day.
Sit and hand stitch if you wish or just relax.
Sunday 30th

Work on layered surfaces and experiment with making 3d samples if you wish.
Stitch into samples or carry on with experiments.
Final round up and show and tell.
Final evening
Monday 1st


Students depart


This is a rough guide to how the workshops will run and liable to change. Depending on the experience of the students we may have time to achieve more. The whole point of this workshop is to really understand how to use layers in your work creatively. With such a small group I will be able to adapt quickly to students needs. 

Cost £424 per head based on two sharing a twin room or £494 per head for a single room. A five night holiday in the beautiful Charente-Maritime department of FranceVerderie. With an intimate group of just 4/5 students this would be a great chance to take a break and discover a new way of working in textiles. to book go to www.knittingholidaysinfrance.com

I hope to run 2 or 3 courses a year in France so if you don't get the chance to book one of these workshops, there will be more in 2013. 

part of the courtyard garden where I was working until it got a weeeee bit too warm

This is where we will lounge about in the evenings gently hand stitching into samples if we are not in the garden.

As luck would have it my visit coincided with the Cognac Blues Festival so we paid a visit on Saturday afternoon. It was wonderful just lazing in the sun listening to live bands - Sigh!!!
These events are always better when shared with good friends.

Blues in the park

 . . . . and on street corners . . . !

So as you can see I have not been idle - I shall finish writing this then have supper with Sue and John, I shall then pack ready for tomorrows 5 - 6 hour drive up to Caen to catch the ferry. I was hoping my delivery of Layered Textiles would be arriving on Wednesday/Thursday but it looks as though if it may be delayed to next week - aaRRGHHH!!!!  I have customers waiting . . . . 
 I will let you all know when the books are due to be delivered!!!!


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Saturday, 9 July 2011

The Bourne Quilters - a lecture and 2 workshops

As most of you will have noted - I have a dreadful life travelling miles to teach and torture unsuspecting students the joys of using heat to distress all manner of wonderful materials. Monday night saw me deliver a lecture, on time I am happy to say, for the Bourne Quilters. www.bournequilters.org.uk They are a large group with a dynamic mix of ladies and are very organised. It is always intersting when visiting groups to see how they are run. I was bit concerend that my samples and talk might be a bit 'out there' for quilters - not a bit of it!!!! They were all really interested, asking lots of questions, always a good sign. 
I was put up by Lis and Steve Dawson while I teaching the workshops. I do so wish I could have stayed longer, I had such a good time with them, they are great fun - I was very well looked after.

my students having to tuck into Magnums so we could melt the wrappers, the things we do for our art!!!!!!
 
The following two days were spent playing with Tyvek. I haven't taught 'Tinkering with Tyvek' for a while so it made a nice change. I had been booked to teach a single workshop but so many students wanted to attend we had to put on an extra day.

We painted and distressed and shaped Tyvek and cellophane. On the first day one of my ladies nipped out at lunchtime to buy Magnums for the whole group - as I said - I have a tough job!!!!
We had great fun melting and distressing the wrappers - but first we had to eat the ice creams!

my first group of ladies discovering the joys of 'Kiss, Stroke & Caress'

some of my second group of ladies painting up the Tyvek

2 cellophane bowls

a combination of fabric weight and heavyweight Tyvek, distressed and then foiled

three layers of heavy Tyvek layered with polyester organza, stitched together and then zapped with a heat gun


a little too much 'Welly, Wiggle and Off' but it still looks good

Both groups produced some great samples, I had a good time teaching such enthusiastic students.

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I am writing this post in France, I am staying with Sue Culligan and we are sorting out the programme for my workshop in France for September and October 2012. We have had several enquires already so we thought we had better get everything sorted. I will post more about this on Monday.


Monday, 4 July 2011

Off to Emsworth . . .

75gm (heavy) Tyvek ironed lightly between baking parchment

I am off to Emsworth later today to deliver a lecture this evening and two one day workshops - Tinkering with Tyvek. I had been booked for just one workshop but the waiting list was so long we had enough for another day. I am excited about spending two days playing with Tyvek. I have taught so many 'Hot Textiles' based workshop recently it will be a welcome change. 

layered decreasing shapes of 75gm Tyvek (Heavy) stitched in the middle and gentle heated

75 gm Tyvek (heavy) layered with polyester organza, machine stitched together then zapped with a heat gun to reveal different layers of colour

I will update the blog with all our exploits at the end of the week, I shall be a bit tight for time as I drive to France the day after I get back from Emsworth to see my friends Sue and John to sort out our teaching programme next year. I'm looking forward to driving down to the Charente Maritime district where they live, its a longish journey, but worth it and it will SUCH a treat not to have to hang around airports, try to cram everything into a tiny suitcase and still be charged for something as you go through the check in gate.
Yes! I could do it via email - but there is a BIG party next Sunday - it would be rude not to go . . . and when I get back - my delivery of Layered Textiles will be here - Yeeehhaaaa!!!! I can't to wait to see the book printed.

Have a good week!


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Friday, 1 July 2011

Layered Textiles - Inspiration


 Hayley Watson

While I was writing Layered Textiles I met Hayley Watson at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London. I had a stand at the show and Hayley walked past. I was so taken with what she was wearing and how she was wearing it, that I dashed up to her and asked If I could take a photograph of her. She was very surprised but said Yes! I explained I was working on a book and why I would like to include her in it. I had wanted to include Hayley in the 'Inspiration' chapter but this was vetoed by my editor - ggggGRRR!!! So to make up for not being able to include her in my book I said I would write about Hayley on my blog - so

one of Hayley's fashion illustrations using ink, bleach and white paint for the background, she then
  made pages of a mixture of meduims and paper and cut them up to make garment shapes

Hayley is twenty one years old and is currently studying BA (hons) Textiles for Fashion at Basingstoke College of Technology. She is inspired by punk fashion because it’s all about individuality and making a statement. Hayley doesn’t tend to follow the current fashion trends because she wants to be unique. She likes revamping all her old clothes instead of throwing them away. She cuts and hand stitches bits and pieces of old clothing to make something new and original. People can tend think that what she wears is “weird” and she feels she is judged by the way she looks. However, Hayley is the type of person that does not care about what others think and likes to wear is what she feels comfortable in and would like others to accept her style.








more ink and bleach illustrations

I was taken by this design for a shirt - the decoration is multi coloured heat transfer foil

Hayley modeling her shirt

Hayley is passionate about learning new textiles techniques so that in the future she will be able to share her sense of style with others to show that you can be fashionable without following the latest trends.

 Memories

I love this panel. Each individual daisy represents a memory from Hayley's past. First of all she created the green background with batik  Then she made lots of felt and felt balls, which took ages!!!!, Hayley then cut out petal shapes from the felt and arranged them so they looked like daisies. She then used different colours of gutta to add detail to some of the daisies.

This is the link to Hayley's Facebook page

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Layered Textiles will be available from 13th July 2011

I have a special air courier advance delivery coming in.
signed copies £19.99 plus £3 postage
Books ordered before mid day on the 8th of August 2011 will include a special pack of Hot Spots! and Bondaweb. 
(1 x A4 sheet of small spots, 1 x A4 medium Hot Spots! and 30cm x 45cm Bondaweb)