Just a little glitter . . .
I hope you are sitting comfortably, this is going to be a long post -
On Saturday I taught a one day version of 'A new starting point' my new(ish) workshop based on using newspaper creatively, to a fab group called Genesis Textiles Workshops. This is a very active and organised group based in Solihul.
You always know that a workshop is going to go well when the biscuits and coffee come out first thing. . . .
You will be getting used to seeing (hopefully not bored with) images of my passion for newspaper, I hope that you will notice that no piece of work or sample is the same. The following images are created using my 'pretties and backgrounds' technique - which basically uses painted Bondaweb and torn newspaper with all kinds of gorgeous glittery bits and pieces. Gilding flake, glitter, sequins . . . .
Then of course we have to have lunch-
I know it is sometimes a great concern to who ever is charge of providing the tutors lunch, don't worry, we are happy with what ever you give us - a sandwich and an apple, a salad and bread roll, anything really.
Yesterday was a treat - I was given homemade squash, lentil and carrot coup and gorgeous bread followed by some lovely ripe cheeses and homemade chutney - a simple and tasty feast. It was so good I felt I needed a snooze afterwards.
After lunch the group printed onto one or two of their backgrounds in a colour that already existed in the piece they were printing onto. This helps the print become part of the work, not leap out and be the main interest. I think the work looks more interesting if the print fades in and out of definition. Lines and section of print can be further defined with hand or machine stitch, again in a colour that closely matches the print.
Detail of the above image
Detail of above image
The group also tried creating faux chenille with layers of newspaper and polyester organza. For some reason the next images wouldn't 'centre!!!!
I thought I had taken photos of the faux chenille - but I didn't - herrummphh!! I must have been distracted by something . . .
I had a brilliant day with this great group, they produced some beautiful pieces. I hope some get sttiched into - hint hint!!!
This group are looking for new members so if you are interested in joining them, email me and I will forward your emails. firstname.lastname@example.org
As promised - here are photos of our 'Friday night special' - before we ate it this time. It is an ENORMOUS chocolate sundae composed of chocolate brownie, profiteroles, ice cream and other gorgeous crunchy and squidgy delights. Please notice the three spoons. This time the lovely Linda was helping Bren and I devour this wickedness.
I'm afraid I will be up in Redditch again in two weeks to teach my lovely ExTex group - I wonder where I will be on Friday night - Ha Ha!!!
SO gorgeous and SOOOO naughty!
I am sitting here writing this with blue dye on my hair. I am preparing myself for an event this evening, and it is a full moon tonight - who knows what might happen . . . ! I must away and decide just what to wear, how much Polyfilla to apply, decisions, decisions . . . .
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