Design, Inspiration and Interpretation at Art Van Go - 14th and 15th May

A flipped and mirrored design taken from 'The Journey'.

I love teaching at Art Van Go, everyone is made so welcome and always so well looked after. Art Van Go offer a very comprehensive range of workshops throughout the year. Have a look see -

Design, Inspiration and Interpretation is my rather formulaic way to help groups get jump stared when they need a bit help to get going with ideas. It can be difficult to pull designs ideas out of fresh air and even with bulging sketch books you sometimes need a refresher. 
On this two day version we worked through two design exercises, took sections of the designs, flipped and mirrored designs and then made printing blocks from one of the designs. 

The first design exercise was 'The Journey' If you have a copy of Experimental Textiles or are a regular reader of this blog you will be aware of this exercise. It is a great mark making exercise that can generate fabulous results.

A section of all the journeys laying on the studio floor.

 The next exercise was a 'flipping out' one. Again, very simple but generates more fabulous results - 

 Sections were taken of both exercises using 'L' shapes and tracing paper.

 One of the sections were then chosen to 'flip and mirror' -

The designs were also traced into sketch books and then painted in various two way colour combinations.


Here are some of the 'flipped and mirrored' designs - before, during and after painting . . .



We then made printing blocks from self adhesive foam and foam core board


Prints from the design above.

One of the designs recreated into printing blocks.

Two designs that have overprinted sucessfully.

This workshop is one of my favourites but it is very hard to get it to run - I suspect a workshop with the 'D' word in has people running for the hills. Luckily it always runs at Art Van Go so it will now become an annual event and be exclusive to Art Van Go. Next year it will be in June.

Thanks Viv and Kevin for a fabulous two days.   


While I was at Art Van Go, Viv and I sorted some dates for next years workshops and something new for this year - A Hot Textiles Surgery!
On August Bank Holiday Saturday (24th) I will be in residence demonstrating how to use all the wonderful iron-on interfacings with paint, foils and print in the studio. I will also be showing you how to get the best from the Vilene Spunbonds and anything else that anyone wants to see. I will have all my samples with me as well my Big Shot Pro to show you how to make jewellery and some gorgeous boxes. We should have great fun, it will be very informal - no need to book, just come and have a chat . . . . 


This weekend is the third of four for the Brighton Open Houses. I will be at The Pink Birdhouse all weekend from 11am - 6pm selling my jewellery. I have made more and have restocked. Yeehaa!!! It should be good . . . 

Also this weekend, if you are out and about in Brighton - A group of my ex students have an exhibition at Foredown Tower - 
14th-31st May (closed 26/27th), 10am - 3pm, Free
Foredown Tower
 Foredown Road
Portslade, Brighton
 BN41 2EW

01273 422625


Have a great weekend


67 sleeps to go . . . .


  1. I'm looking forward to tonight's especially, its been a looooong week xx


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