Sunday, 25 October 2015

Writing with a Needle

Next week I am off to do a workshop at West Dean with Rosalind Wyatt called "Writing with a Needle" - Rosalind uses embroidered words in her work which I have admired for sometime - she manages to get a really fluid effect that looks as if she has literally written with a thread.  

I have been covering books - one that I did a few weeks ago for a workshop I gave at Fantasy Textiles - I have been adding embroidered detail to the spine (needlelace) and have inserted collected items into the pages of the book, such as patterns for items of children's clothing.  

This week I have prepared another book to take with me to West Dean that I thought I could work on or add to if appropriate.  The book I found was "Emma" by Jane Austen - again I found this book in a second hand bookshop - in the front of the book the year 1922 has been written in pencil (this was the year my mother was born).  The cover I have partly prepared will be removable and will not damage the book in anyway.  I wanted the cover to look like a collection of letters, cuttings, snippets, smudges of ink - I have a book on the illustrated letters of Jane Austen which includes some letters which refer to "Emma".  

Next, I photographed a book cover prepared by Marilyn at the workshop I gave at Fantasy Textiles - I thought it was really lovely - it looks as if someone has quickly covered a book and dashed out to the garden to make notes - the cover is incomplete as we ran out of time on the day.

Finally, when I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show this year a stand that really caught my eye was the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and below are two pieces on the theme of books which I thought were so beautiful - they are by Lesley Stothers and Sandi Sexton.

Monday, 12 October 2015

St Ives School of Art

I have just returned from a holiday in Cornwall, had two fabulous weeks not just weatherise but creatively as well.  Before we went I went onto the St. Ives School of Art website and booked myself a couple of taster days with two artists - Liz Hough and Kerry Harding - Abstract Landscape and Mixed Media.   Both artists were very friendly, enthusiastic and encouraging and I see that they do a longer workshop which they run as joint tutors.  I think from a textile point of view I probably got more out of Kerry Harding's workshop than Liz's but nonetheless I still had a good day. 

The results below are from Kerry Harding's worshop which was the one on mixed media.  She explained that we should first experiment with different mediums to see what effects we could get by working through a table of words - blob, smear, flick, splat, drip, dot scratch, smudge, twist, blend, rub, swirl, wash, scrape, print, brushstroke, thick, think, fast and slow - nothing complicated and quite basic really but fun and it is always nice to see what results other people get - I think a large glass of wine beforehand definitely helped to loosen me up!  Oh and we were to use different tools to apply the different media, such as card, fork, spoon, rag, etc.

Then there were three other tables of words based on landscape, rocks and sky elements.