Workshop Detail Template

 

Welcome to the 2018 ART VAN GO Workshop Programme.

All workshops are held at ART VAN GO and run from 10am to 4pm

The maximum numbers on a workshop is normally 12, but many workshops listed here have the maximum reduced to a lower number to accommodate the greater demand for space for particular subjects.

Booking will commence at 10am on Thursday 4th January by phone only

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 From Constructed Translucent Fabrics to 3D Items  

 Fri 2nd Feb

 Two Day Workshop  

 Sat 3rd Feb

 Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

Explore the potential of stitching and crafting a medley of translucent fabrics, then forming them into three-dimensional textile art pieces. Fabric, thread, fibres and a variety of media will be experimented with to create exciting translucent fabrics. Wire, firm cloth, and padding will be explored as a means of forming 3D textiles.  Both hand and machine stitching will be used, so it is important that you have free-machine embroidery skills.

 www.paulineverrinder.com

 Cost: £77.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

 

 Drawing Music  

 Tues 6th Feb

 Two Day Workshop        

 Wed 7th Feb

 Tutor: Debbie Lyddon

A workshop that gives you the opportunity to explore your creativity with sound, line, shape, colour, texture and silence. Pick up a paintbrush and listen to both live and recorded music to release your imagination and inventiveness.

To help you to create your own visualisations of sound you will do exercises that pay particular attention to the shared language of art and music and look at artists such as Vassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee who found inspiration from music.

Listening both to Debbie playing the flute and to other recorded music, you will interpret the music as visual mark making with free, abstract drawings in both wet and dry media. You will look specifically at line, shape, colour, texture and silence, relating each concept to a particular piece of classical music. Each exercise will include quick experimental drawing and there will also be the opportunity to produce more detailed drawings. The emphasis will be on creating loose, expressive work to introduce a more relaxed style to your mark making.

 www.debbielyddon.co.uk

 Cost: £120.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

 NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

 Hand Printed Velvet Purse  

 Fri 9th Feb

 Tutor: Alex Waylett

At the end of this workshop you will have created a fully silk-lined velvet purse but the workshop is structured to take the participant through a range of skills that can be used in a multitude of other different projects. The morning will be spent printing with metallic Lumiere paints and stencils before using the machine embroidery foot to embellish your printed design further. The afternoon will be spent cutting, sewing, piping and inserting a zip and lining to create your one of kind velvet purse. Tassels included!

 www.alexandrawaylett.com

 Cost: £60.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

 NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 8

 

Text in Textiles  

Weds 21st Feb

Two Day Workshop  

Thurs 22nd Feb

Tutor: Julia Triston

This two day ‘Text in Textiles’ workshop will involve stitching letters and/or words onto collaged backgrounds using upcycled materials.  The content of the pieces may be personal (a special memory, an important poem, a specific name) or an abstract reference (a symbol, a series of disrupted characters, an exploration of one letter in contrasting styles).  The texts may include imagery to support the sentiment expressed if appropriate.
Techniques will include layering, collaging, appliqué, printing, hand and machine embroidery, and working with dissolvable fabrics.  There will be an opportunity to produce a series of smaller samples, or to work on one in more depth as a resolved textile; all pieces will develop their own narrative.

www.juliatriston.com

Cost: £112.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

 

A new tutor to Art Van Go, Ray is also relatively new to Hertfordshire having moved here from Southampton in 2015.   A Fine Art graduate, her work reflects the 'art' aspect of textiles.   We met her at 'Art on the Common' in Harpenden in June of this year and fell in love with her work!

Fibre, Felt and Stitch  

Tues 27th Feb

Two Day Workshop  

Wed 28th Feb

Tutor: Ray Reynolds

Spend the first day 'playfully' making felt!   Leaving it to dry overnight you will then then stitch into it using the free motion foot of a sewing machine.   You will use a selection of different fibres, silk threads and other materials in the felting process to create interesting textures to embellish with machine embroidery. Felt is a wonderful material to stitch as it responds organically to free motion stitching, creating beautiful movement, detail and texture. You will create a range of sample pieces and/or a more resolved piece during the workshop.

www.rayreynoldstextiles.com

Cost: £84.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

Painting Vegetables with Coloured Pencils  

Fri 2nd March

Tutor: Jill Winch

Jill Winch uses coloured pencils, blending them together using baby oil rather than using water.   The oil dilutes the wax and oil of the pencil producing an interesting range of colours.  The pencils can also be sharpened to a fine point and used to achieve the detail required in botanical illustrations. Jill will demonstrate these techniques throughout the day and offer individual guidance.

www.jillwinch.com

Cost: £33.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

 

Botanical Books  

Weds 7th Mar

Two Day Workshop  

Thurs 8th Mar

Tutor: Alice Fox

Explore a series of simple but effective techniques for making marks on paper using plant material, including eco-printing, mono-printing, frottage and text. Learn a variety of book structures from the very simple folded forms through to some stitched bindings and turn your printed papers into a series of beautiful botanically printed books.

www.alicefox.co.uk

Cost: £97.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

 

Wintry Landscapes  

Fri 9th Mar

Tutor: Nodeen Salmon

 

The ‘Wintry Landscape’ workshop is all about machine stitching techniques, with no painted background. To keep it simple, just calico is used as the canvas for our thread painting. The colour of the landscape in winter can be spectacular on a sunny day, with lots of contrasts, but on a dull day it can be soft and muted with hardly any intensity. The vegetation in winter is beautiful too; think of silver birches to dried bleached grasses of different colours to those reds and autumn colour plants that thrive in winter. During this workshop you will make a landscape of wintery grasses using machine embroidery threads in whites, ochre moss greens, pale lilacs and muted pale blues with a little muted pale yellow to create a soft landscape.
Working on natural calico allows you to fully enjoy all the benefits of colour in thread-painting - it’s like choosing from a box of crayons with calico as the paper to draw on.   You will start by setting the scene looking at your inspiration and what aspect of it appeals to you. You will then be drawing with the sewing machine to create your landscape. This will involve careful selection of your colours, using light, medium and dark tones.   Nodeen normally likes to work with bright colours, so this is all about toning down the intensity to suit the subject matter
The workshop is suitable for all those who have a basic understanding of their sewing machine, whether you are a beginner or advanced.

www.nodeensalmon.com

Cost: £39.00

 

Metal Magic  

Tues 20th Mar

Two Day Workshop  

Wed 21st Mar

Tutor: Lynda Swaine

The aim of this workshop is to create confidence, and dispel any concerns about machine-stitching into different types of metal. It will cover many aspects of distressing, embossing, printing and stitching metal, and will give plenty of inspiration to explore new ideas. Creative backgrounds to compliment your work will also be explored.   Designed for both beginners and experienced stitchers, this workshop will be creative, fun and absorbing.

www.sewingwithconfidence.co.uk

Cost: £69.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)

 

Lynda's latest book 'Beautiful Bonded Surfaces' published summer 2017 is the inspiration for this workshop.

Bonded Surfaces  

Thurs 22nd Mar

Two Day Workshop  

Fri 23rd Mar

Tutor: Lynda Monk

Tyvek fabric will be bonded to other surfaces such as Kunin felt, poly velvet, Decovil, Lutradur and more. These surfaces can then be stitched into, foiled, embossed, printed onto, or left as they are.  Lots of samples and finished items will be on show to give you many more ideas on how to use the surfaces you have created.   Machine required.

www.purplemissus.com

Cost: £98.00 (inc 20.00 materials charge)

All materials are supplied by Lynda for this workshop.

 

Print, Print and Print Some More!  

Tues 27th Mar

Two Day Workshop  

Wed 28th Mar

Tutor: Alison Hulme

Love to print, or would love to start?   Love to have fun? If the answer is yes, then this is the workshop for you. Using a variety of tools, including GelPress plates, Thermofax and stencils, you will learn to make clear prints on a variety of fabrics.   You will finish with a variety of pieces, from which you could make a collage, bag, picture etc.   Alison will also make the whole experience a lot of fun!!

www.alisonhulmetextiles.wordpress.com

Cost: £88.00 (inc £12.00 materials charge)

 

Metallics for Textiles  

Tues 3rd April

Tutor: Jo Mabbutt

This workshop will introduce a wide range of metallic media, including real metal leaf, metallic powders and metallic transfer foil, suitable for use on a variety of textiles and associated surfaces - Lutradur, Tyvek,handmade papers, plastics etc.
You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of techniques resulting in more intriguing metallic surfaces.   Experimental use of layering and manipulated textures will produce a wide collection of dramatic starting points for further embellishment or you may also wish to bring your own projects/artwork in which to incorporate metallic elements.

www.jmdecorativeart.co.uk

Cost: £47.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)

 

Folk Tales  

Wed 4th April

Two Day Workshop  

Thurs 5th April

Tutor: Anne Kelly

Using universal primitive motifs taken from folk and Scandinavian art, you will make your own designs to create a unique wall-hanging. Inspired by the principal techniques covered in Anne’s book ‘Textile Nature’ and using birds, plants and insects, your pieces will be richly embellished and decorated, using a mixture of current and vintage fabric, so you will be asked to collect suitable and well-loved textiles, ribbon and lace to work with.   Techniques will include printing, embroidery (machine and hand) and various types of textile collage.
Anne is an award-winning textile artist, author and tutor based in the UK, exhibiting and teaching internationally. Her two books for Batsford represent her project and collaborative work. Anne’s heavily embroidered fabric collages are reminiscent of tapestry work and her signature stitching technique is applied to a variety of surfaces. She uses mixed media and print to further embellish her work. Anne's work is represented in private and public collections in the UK and abroad. She is listed in the Crafts Council Directory.

www.annekellytextiles.com

Cost: £94.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

Suitable for all levels but should have basic sewing machine techniques

 

When we ran this workshop with Derek for the first time in 2017 the results looked so professional and yet no-one had been stressed about measurements or mathematics, there was so little involved - Derek had it all prepared!

Creative Book Binding and Paper Painting  

Fri 6th April

Tutor: Derek Wood

Learn the basics of hand-bookbinding, and explore the creative possibilities of designing and making your own books in this one-day workshop suitable for beginners.
You will begin by exploring ways of creating your own painted papers, using a variety of techniques such as coloured paste, crumpling, watercolour with salt, and wax resist. We will be then use these papers to create the cover of a photo album, which will be bound together using the exposed sewing technique.   You could also bring along papers that you have previously created.
All basic equipment will be provided, and papers, boards and album leaves will be pre-cut to size, so there is minimal measuring required. At the end of the workshop you will have created your own decorative papers and a unique photo album.

Cost: £38.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

 

Wow!  - I CAN Draw!  

Tues 10th April

Two Day Workshop  

Wed 11th April

Tutor: Bobby Britnell

There are many reasons why people draw and many ways of approaching drawing. There are also reasons why people do not draw and this is often due to a lack of understanding and belief in their own abilities. This two day course will build on possible past experiences, but it will also be an accessible course for the beginner or anyone wishing to develop their drawing skills further.
You will be working primarily in pencil, charcoal and graphite to help you explore different drawing techniques. These exercises will help your understanding of line, tone and form. All information gathered will be used creatively in constructing your own compositions with plenty of instruction and help along the way. This will be accompanied with as much hand-holding as individually required and the building-in of some healthy group critique.

www.bobbybritnell.co.uk

Cost: £105.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

 

Jeanette Appleton is a member of the 62 Group where her statement says her objective is to be "constantly developing and challenging the felt process by various methods of layering fibres with other materials, and to discover the unexpected surprises of colour fusion and transformation of surface and structure.
We feel privileged that this internationally celebrated felt-artist has chosen Art Van Go to host several of the very few workshops that she delivers here in the UK.

Shapes and Sequences in Felt  

Tues 17th Apr

Two Day Workshop  

Wed 18th Apr

Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

During this workshop you will explore the possibilities within border and all-over pattern by looking at shape, scale, tone and repetition. Various methods of layering fibre and manipulating felt will be demonstrated, to discover interesting compositions or structures through the felt making process.   Needle-felt will be provided to work with as pre-felts, which can be manipulated and transformed by pulling, cutting and over-layering with various fabrics or threads using ancient traditional inlay techniques with other applique and stitch methods. You will develop idea samples or, if you wish, a small item for the interior, fashion or gallery, in connection with your interests and previous work. The aim is to guide the individual to discover and develop their unique creative approach and making process which will feed back into their own work.             

www.jeanetteappleton.com

Cost: £137.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

 

Mono and Screen Printing  

Wed 25th April

Two Day Workshop  

Thurs 26th Apr

Tutor: Clive Barnett

This two-day workshop, will teach how to create printed layers of pattern, colour and texture onto cloth and paper, using Procion dyes. On the first day you will explore mark-making using mono-printing technique. The second day you will concentrate on making your own images, and, using a silk screen, over-printing the previous day's samples. By using both techniques you will create a collection of printed samples which, at a later date, you will be able to incorporate into your own work maybe with further embellishment and stitch.

Cost: £93.00 (inc £8 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9.

All printing equipment, dyes and prepared fabrics supplied by tutor.

 

Quietly Composed  

Tues 1st May

Two Day Workshop  

Wed 2nd May

Tutor: Amanda Clayton

The course ‘Quietly Composed’ is aimed at those artists, embroiderers in particular, who wish to explore observational starting points and develop ideas through cloth and stitch.   Amanda believes that stripping work down to bare formal elements can help to understand ourselves, especially our like and dislikes, and develop our individual visual language. Some embroiderers feel they have to draw but do not necessarily know why. This course will show you how to ‘draw for a reason’. It will also open a dialogue of ‘what is drawing?’
“I have strong philosophies about linking paper and cloth qualities, also mark and stitch.   From the feedback I have after delivering a course I know that students have said how links and connections are made with their work and themselves…the course is not about producing one piece of work but reinforcing a work process that you will revisit constantly afterwards.”

www.amandajclayton.co.uk

Cost: £98.00

 

Creative Drawing  

Thurs 3rd May

Tutor: Suzy Drake

Drawing is the first step to creating a totally unique image. The ability to record or interpret what you see, or what you can imagine, can transform the way your own artistic work develops, assist in design and give expertise to print making and other disciplines.   If you are interested in improving your drawing skills, or want to create your own designs, this workshop will develop your confidence in producing drawings to assist in both these areas. You will explore the process of observation, truly seeing an object and its creative possibilities, before translating these ideas onto paper, using a host of drawing and mark-making techniques.

www.suzydrake.com

Cost: £32.00 (inc £2 materials charge)

 

Super Stitches  

Wed 9th May

Tutor: Gina Ferrari

This workshop is in keeping with Gina's belief that armed with both a mastery of stitches and a thorough knowledge of your sewing machine, you will be able to tackle any machine embroidery project you wish. This workshop places emphasis on gaining perfect control of your stitches through some fun samples. You will learn to use your machine to produce colourful little stitched paintings increasing your control and confidence. The resulting samples will have a professional look that is easy to achieve, suitable for framing as miniature pictures or using on greeting cards etc. This is workshop suited for beginners as well as those with a little experience.

www.ginaferrari.co.uk

Cost: £38.00

 

Fun with Lino-Cut  

Thurs 10th May

Tutor: Anna Pye

During the day you will cover the basics of lino-cutting and printing.   Anna will talk briefly about her work before demonstrating the use of the tools.   You will experiment mark-making on a sample piece of lino, seeing how the tools can make a variety of cuts.   There will be a discussion about your design and how to transfer it to the block, reversing it if necessary.   Think bold, graphic and simple for your design if you are new to lino-cutting.   When your block is cut you will learn to accurately register your block.

Anna will talk about inks and paper, and demonstrate inking-up and hand-burnishing.   You will then ink-up and print your own block using a baren/wooden spoon.   Then comes the exciting moment when you peel back the paper to reveal your print!

www.annapye.com

Cost: £48.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

All of the specialist materials needed for the workshop are provided as part of the charge.

 

Textured Forest Floor  

Tues 15th May

Tutor: Nodeen Salmon

Think woodland floor, lichen and moss. Dense hand stitching with yarns, cottons and threads of various weights and colours. Thick, thin, shiny, slippery - whatever will go through the eye of a needle! We start by building a fabric background then lay texture onto this surface using exciting products to raise the surface. We will use understated free machine embroidery and running stitches in metallic threads, to catch the light. Big and small beads add interest and depth to this mainly hand sewn design. Be creative! Suitable for beginners and those keen to explore mixed media.    

www.nodeensalmon.com

Cost: £39.00

 

Paper Combinations; Taking Folded Books Further  

Wed 16th May

Two Day Workshop  

Thurs 17th May

Tutor: Amanda Hislop

A developmental sketchbook workshop.   Working with a combination of papers, fabric scraps and string; cut, tear, fold, join and layer. Transform the surface with layers of resist and colour creating free expressive and original abstract arrangements from which to develop an inspired loose-leaf sketchbook and cover if you wish.   What if...?  Extend and work with the pages to develop the surface; ‘to stitch or not to stitch’ the choice is your.   Experiment with the use of  hand stitch as a simple mark making process combined with painterly or drawn marks and lines.
An experimental experience to develop a personal book form, responding to the qualities within the materials available. On the course you will develop a sketchbook of paper and mixed media surfaces, exploring the creative potential of line colour and texture.  Suitable for those with an open mind and a desire to explore, who enjoy the challenge of intuitive experimentation, exploration and the extension of creative boundaries.

www.amandahisloptextileartist.com

Cost: £99.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

We had our first workshop with Heather in November and we were amazed and delighted to see the finished results of the one (or even two!) completed canvases that everyone produced in just one day.  Several of the participants hadn't painted before - honest!!!   Wait ‘til you see the pics!!

Fundamentals of Acrylics  

Fri 18th May

Tutor: Heather Miller

This workshop is ideal for people starting out in this brilliant medium.  You will be learning how to get the best out of acrylics, what brushes and paints to use and techniques for lively mark making. You will be painting a landscape focusing on colour mixing and tone.  At the end of the day you will have a finished canvas to take away with you and new techniques to experiment with.  All materials provided

www.heathermillerpaintings.com

Cost: £46.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

Conjuring Colours and Textures 

Thurs 24th May

Two Day Workshop  

Fri 25th May

Tutor: Christine Chester

Working with Procion MX dyes you will learn to create colourfully textured and patterned fabrics when using immersion dyeing techniques. You will prepare fabrics for bucket dyeing in a variety of ways including wrapping bamboo sticks, scrunching fabric round a ‘pole’, stitching patterns into fabric, clamping fabric between shapes and other resist techniques which are now referred to under the umbrella heading of ‘shibori’.
Day 1 will be spent working with colour; single colours in buckets and multiple colours in tray dyeing. You will learn how to mix the dyes for the different techniques and the different ways the 'fix' is introduced into the two processes. Of course, there is always a downside to working with dye and textiles, so the end of the day, inevitably, will be spent – rinsing!!!
Day 2 will focus on overdyeing fabrics from the first set of buckets on Day 1.   Meanwhile new fabric will be wrapped in a mandala type method to create strong patterns in different colours.
Throughout all of this, you will be guided as to colour choices and ways of mixing particular colours. You may choose to make a colour notebook from the range of dyes available for use in some of the spare moments whilst dyes are steeping and before the rinsing.
Through these techniques you will create exciting patterns and textures on fabrics. You also learn to combine colours by overdyeing in buckets or, working with primary and secondary colours, creating blends and mixes in one container. Simple colour mixing theory relating to dyes and how these differ from the behaviour of pigments in paint is also included, as well as how to choose the materials and techniques to create particular types of marks in fabrics and how to control the application of colour to a range of fabrics and textures.
The course will cover safe management and maintenance of working area when using Procion MX dyes and all related ingredients.

www.christinechester.com

Cost: £99.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)

Fabrics will have to be prepared in advance with soda ash.

 

Summer Fruits in Coloured Pencils  

Wed 6th June

Tutor: Jill Winch

This one-day workshop with Jill Winch will focus on many fruits, all in season. Using coloured pencils, students will be considering how to place the fruits on the paper to attain maximum impact. Blending coloured pencils with oil, students will be able to create a more subtle look and will also use a ‘stylus’ to create highlights and hairy stems. A great course and lots of fun!

www.jillwinch.com

Cost: £33.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

 

Layer, Cut, Flip, Stitch   

Thurs 7th June

Two Day Workshop  

Fri 8th June

Tutor: Gwen Hedley

Working spontaneously with basic marked cloth and/or papers, along with mixed media, you will explore exciting approaches to working with layers.   Work can be fine and delicate, robust and chunky, and just about anything in between – the choice will be yours. Using mainly hand stitching (but can also incorporate machine), you will create unique dimensional surfaces, that can be used in many creative ways.

www.textilestudygroup.co.uk/gwenhedley

Cost: £96.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

 

Painting Landscapes with Pastels  

Wed 13th June

Tutor: Vanessa Bryson

Soft pastel sticks are used to produce a painting that has blended colours that has a generally softer outline and feel than using pencil or brush and paints.  Soft pastels come in multiple colours and can be blended together to produce nuanced shades and textures.  The colours for landscape paintings in pastels generally use a green, blue, ochre, and lavender palette.  Multiple greens are used since the British landscape tends towards many different shades of green. White and light colours are used for highlights, but generally black is never used.
The goal of this workshop is to teach you how to use this medium to produce a finished painting at the end of the day which will have been taken from a photograph.  By the end of the workshop you should be able to feel comfortable producing art work on your own using soft pastels and also learn about the different types and brands of paper used for soft pastels.   Pastels can be a bit messy (just powdery/dusty) so apron or overall is recommended but hands are easily cleaned with soap and water, or baby wipes.  Fixative is used to fix the pastel to the paper.

Cost: £52.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

From Wax and Ink to an Experimental Stitched Sample  

Thurs 14th Jun

Two Day Workshop  

Fri 15th Jun

Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

Use a sketchbook as a catalyst to experiment and develop designs with simple and vibrant wax and ink techniques.  Translate one or more of your designs into stitched samples using free machine embroidery and or hand techniques. If the thought of working designs into a sketchbook fills you with horror - this workshop offers a less intimidating and fun design path to explore and then take into stitch

www.paulineverrinder.com

Cost: £75.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

 

Daffodils in Spring in Machine Stitch  

Sat 16th Jun

Tutor: Nodeen Salmon

The colour of daffodils is yellow, orange and all colours in between. The leaves are different greens too. You will be taking inspiration from the famous Wordsworth golden daffodils and we don’t have to look far for that inspiration, they're in parks, in woods and in gardens.   En masse they look stunning and herald that spring is finally here.   This workshop will suit all abilities with the proviso that everyone must be familiar with their sewing machine for free machine embroidery. We will be using cotton fabric, paints for the base colours and a selection of sewing machine threads in yellows, oranges, greens and even white. For trees, muted khaki greens and dirty muted browns.  A sewing machine with the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs is essential.

www.nodeensalmon.com

Cost: £39.00

 

Dyeing with Confidence 

Wed 20th Jun

Tutor: Janice Gunner

Spend the day dabbling, experimenting and gaining confidence with some easy dyeing techniques using Procion MX fibre reactive dyes, direct dyes and acid dyes. Using a variety of both natural and synthetic fabrics, you will be amazed at the affects that can be achieved quickly with simple methods and basic equipment. You will produce a range of samples for use in your work or as useful reference resource for the future.

www.janicegunner.co.uk

Cost: £55.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Students who take this course may also like to move onto 'Dyeing the Blues' in early July.

 

Trees - an Exploration Through Batik  

Thurs 21st Jun

Two Day Workshop  

Fri 22nd Jun

Tutor: Jenny O'Leary

You will use the technique of batik (hot wax resist) to create pieces of work inspired by trees - the structure, leaves, shape, seasons and topiary - and working on different surfaces such as tissue, paper and fabric, separately and in combination.   You will work with wax, bleach, inks and dyes to create fabulous textures and effects. An exciting course allowing for exploration and discovery.   The work will be suitable for further development in many different ways.

www.jennyolearytextiles.wordpress.com

Cost: £88.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

 

Summer School

Rock and Earth: layers, texture and colour in mixed media  

Wed 27th Jun

Three Day Workshop  

to Fri 29th Jun

Tutor: Amanda Hislop

Explore the places where rock and earth are exposed, the underfoot landscape.   Rock formations and cliffs, rock pavements on the shore, sand and pebbles, estuaries and mudflats, heath land and moor, field and farmland with muddy cracked earth, all evocative surfaces, revealing layers of colour and texture. Take a camera and search out; look closely, taking an abstract view of formations and surfaces found within landscape. Focus on abstract qualities within (ess is more); define and simplify shape and form, colour texture and line to generate personal designs from your chosen source. Develop thoughts through imaginative sampling with layered papers, fabrics, threads, fibres and painterly coloured mediums, creating unique tactile surfaces to work with experimental free machine stitch techniques.  You will also have the option of using vanishing fabrics to extend and join surfaces and work layers of stitch to add further texture to the surface.  Suitable for those who enjoy intuitive experimentation and extension of creative boundaries and who have an open mind willing to explore. Enjoy the freedom to develop a collection of paper and mixed media samples through to a more completed piece of work, exploring the creative potential of line colour and texture in textiles and mixed media.

www.amandahisloptextileartist.com

Cost: £154.00 (inc £14.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

Dyeing the Blues! Shibori dyeing with Indigo  

Fri 6th July

Tutor: Janice Gunner

Spend the day dyeing “the Blues”.  Working with natural fabrics you will create unique patterned fabrics by experimenting with two methods of Shibori as featured in Janice's book 'Shibori for Textile Artists.   Using Itajime, a clamped resist technique, and also Arashi, a pole-wrapped technique, you will discover the magic of these dyeing processes. Your results can then be used in a variety of textile techniques such as patchwork, embroidery, felt making and more!

www.janicegunner.co.uk

Cost: £55.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

This workshop could be taken as a natural follow-on from 'Dyeing with Confidence' on Wed 20th June, but it is also very much a stand-alone workshop.

 

Fun with Lino-Cut  

Wed 11th July

Tutor: Anna Pye

During the day you will cover the basics of lino-cutting and printing.   Anna will talk briefly about her work before demonstrating the use of the tools.   You will experiment mark-making on a sample piece of lino, seeing how the tools can make a variety of cuts.   There will be a discussion about your design and how to transfer it to the block, reversing it if necessary.   Think bold, graphic and simple for your design if you are new to lino-cutting.   When your block is cut you will learn to accurately register your block.

Anna will talk about inks and paper, and demonstrate inking-up and hand-burnishing.   You will then ink-up and print your own block using a baren/wooden spoon.   Then comes the exciting moment when you peel back the paper to reveal your print!

www.annapye.com

Cost: £48.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

All of the specialist materials needed for the workshop are provided as part of the charge.

 

Creative Drawing   

Thurs 12th July

Tutor: Suzy Drake

Drawing is the first step to creating a totally unique image. The ability to record or interpret what you see, or what you can imagine, can transform the way your own artistic work develops, assist in design and give expertise to print making and other disciplines.   If you are interested in improving your drawing skills, or want to create your own designs, this workshop will develop your confidence in producing drawings to assist in both these areas. You will explore the process of observation, truly seeing an object and its creative possibilities, before translating these ideas onto paper, using a host of drawing and mark-making techniques.

www.suzydrake.com

Cost: £32.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

 

In this 'next level' workshop from Heather Miller it is recommended (though not essential) that you have taken part in one of the ‘Fundamentals of Acrylics’ workshops first to get the most out of the day.

Working Fast and Loose with Acrylics  

Tues 17th July

Tutor: Heather Miller

Using acrylics in a fast fun way.  We will be looking at techniques to get the best out of this vibrant medium, working quickly and expressively. You will learn how to get the best composition from your own landscape photograph, exploring colour mixing and mark making in lively ways that enhance your painting.  Bring photos of landscapes as your inspiration.  All materials are provided.

www.heathermillerpaintings.com

Cost: £46.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

Life's a Bleach  

Wed 18th July

Tutor: Mary McIntosh

In this workshop we will use Jacquard Decolourant and household bleach plus Procion dyes to both remove and add colour into black cotton, black linen and pre-dyed cloth. We will explore a range of patterning methods including using stamps, stencils, freezer paper masks and silk screens onto different fabrics to produce fabulous pieces of cloth to be used for future stitched projects. All pastes, bleach, dyes and other equipment will be provided for a charge of £8 payable to the tutor on the day. Please be aware that it can be quite steamy and smelly so masks will be worn and it may not be suitable for those with breathing problems.

www.marymcintosh.co.uk

Cost: £55.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9.

Please be aware that it can be quite steamy and smelly so masks will be worn and it may not be suitable for those with breathing problems.

 

Super Stitches 2  

Thurs 26th Jul

Tutor: Gina Ferrari

This workshop is in keeping with Gina's belief that armed with both a mastery of stitches and a thorough knowledge of your sewing machine, you will be able to tackle any machine embroidery project you wish. This workshop places emphasis on gaining perfect control of your stitches through some fun samples. You will learn to use your machine to produce colourful little stitched paintings increasing your control and confidence. The resulting samples will have a professional look that is easy to achieve, suitable for framing as miniature pictures or using on greeting cards etc.
This is workshop suited for beginners as well as those with a little experience.

www.ginaferrari.co.uk

Cost: £41.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

 

The Magic of Eco Printing on Paper  

Thurs 16th Aug

Two Day Workshop  

Fri 17th Aug

Tutor: Caroline Bell

This is an experimental workshop where you can learn the processes of eco-printing on paper, the different methodologies (which are numerous) and be able to play with a variety of different paper surfaces. We will be using a variety of leaves and flowers combined with mordants, natural dyes and other kitchen cupboard ingredients.
On day 2 the experiments will continue but there will also be an opportunity to look at how the prints can be incorporated into work and used as surfaces for stitch, and also making simple book forms.

www.caroline-bell.co.uk

Cost: £94.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

Drypoint Etching  

Tues 21st Aug

Tutor: Tania Durrant

Join Tania, a professional Fine Art printmaker, for a day of Drypoint Etching. You will produce your own A5 printing plate using a drypoint etching needleto produce an original design with a characteristic soft velvety line. You will then print a limited edition of your design using a traditional etching press. You will learn how to colour your prints using a process called Chine Colle.

www.taniadurrant.com

Cost: £39.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

Mono-Printing with Texture on Cloth  

Wed 22nd Aug

Two Day Workshop  

Thurs 23rd Aug

Tutor: Maria Boyle

Using fast and fun mono-printing techniques, explore various printing effects to create a number of unique samples, layering colour, mark and line drawings.   Explore different media and techniques, including dry-point and relief print-making, applying text, adding painterly marks, and resists.   Then develop a final printed piece, and complete it by overprinting and adding texture with puff binder, hand stitch and/or needle felting making a piece of textile art.
Day 1 - Explore mono-printing with various techniques, colour media and mark making tools, and create many samples.
Day 2 - Consider your design, marks and colour palette for a finished art textile piece. Build colour and image with overprinting and texture, adding 3D puff binder, hand stitch and/or needle felting.
By the end of the workshop you will have a number of techniques you can easily reproduce yourself at a later date; many wonderful cloth samples as well as a finished piece.
Suitable for all levels of experience, this workshop is a great way to quickly explore some imagery and develop marks and texture whilst having a lot of fun along the way!

www.mariaboyle.co.uk

Cost: £84.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

 

We have said it before, but Jonathan is definitely the 'Jamie Oliver' of the paper-making world.   His enthusiasm and energy is infectious!!

Paper Making  

Thurs 30th Aug

Two Day Workshop  

Fri 31st Aug

Tutor: Jonathon Korejko

The programme is designed to expand everyone’s understanding of textiles and how paper and old fabrics have always been part of the papermaking process.  You will learn how cotton, linen, denim, hessian, wool and silk can be recycled to make paper in A5 and A4 Formats. The rag based pulps that we will be working with are very strong and resilient.  Threads and swatches of cloth will be added inside layers of paper, and colourful surface dressings will make each sheet that you create unique, employing a variety of techniques like embossing, laminating and embedding. Your papers will be suitable for hand and machine embroidery, as well as for sewing and construction projects at home. You’ll also learn about the history of papermaking and its dependence on the rag trade, as well as the science of fibres and how they join together to make this wonderful material. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a papermaking artist with many exclusive recipes which come from years of experience and experimentation. You will be given tips and advice on how to set up your own papermaking unit at home. This course is intensive, fun, and creative: a must for people who thrive on textiles and the versatility of the material.  All-comers welcome

www.jonathankorejko.co.uk

Cost: £104.00 All materials included in the cost

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

Once more unto the Bleach  

Wed 5th Sept

Tutor: Mary McIntosh

Students will be able to take colour out, and add colour back into cloth, with decolourant, fabric dyes and paints.   You will create unique layered pieces of fabric.  This course is both a ‘stand-alone’ course or a suitable follow-on for those who previously attended ‘Life’s a Bleach’.

www.marymcintosh.co.uk

Cost: £58.00 (inc £11.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9.

Please be aware that it can be quite steamy and smelly so masks will be worn and it may not be suitable for those with breathing problems.

 

Decorative Bead Fringing  

Thurs 6th Sept

Tutor: Anthea Godfrey

• for fashion
• for interior
• for art textiles
On this one-day course, you will work from a design of your own choosing. You will dye beads to match the requirements of your design, and work on stretched calico to produce a piece of work no more than 10cms in any direction.
This can be started in a day and completed - unaided - at home.
You will have to have selected visual source material in preparation for the workshop, which can be any of the following
• geometric abstract design
• floral subject
• own design

Cost: £46.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

Experimenting with Pre-felt  

Fri 7th Sept

Tutor: Clare Bullock

You will experiment with 'pre-felt' and come to understand how it can be used within felt-making.   Having made your own pre-felt and created your shapes, you will learn how to felt them and embed them in another layer of fibres, to create a felted fabric that can be used for a variety of purposes. The final piece may be a mapped surface or a geometric design – whatever was the inspiration for your design.  Whatever the outcome it will be perfect for stitch!

www.clarebullock.co.uk

Cost: £44.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

 

Keeping a Sketch Book  

Wed 12th Sept

Two Day Workshop  

Thurs 13th Sept

Tutor: Bobby Britnell

A workshop which will explore techniques and ways of developing ideas in creative ways. Sketchbooks are useful tools for this kind of activity and inspirational sources and ideas can be developed and pushed in unexpected ways.   This workshop will introduce students to a wide variety of working methods, processes and techniques and you will be shown how the sketchbook can be personalised to reflect a theme.   You will also learn so much from other students on the course when you see how they approach similar projects but with new and fresh outcomes. A fun course for all.    

www.bobbybritnell.co.uk

Cost: £105.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

 

A Walk by the River in Machine Stitch  

Fri 14th Sept

Two Day Workshop  

Sat 15th Sept

Tutor: Nodeen Salmon

The river view you will be trying to capture will be a small expanse of water with over hanging vegetation maybe.  When looking for inspiration to make your landscape come alive with colour, think about what you would like and simplify it to the basics. During this workshop you will explore the ways to machine embroider a snapshot of the river walk. With greens from the foreground mixing with over hanging foliage, and tangled tree roots, the effect of light on the surface of the water and the reflections from the river bed. We will start by setting the scene in paints, drawing inspiration from your chosen images. We will then be drawing with the sewing machine to create a design all of your own. By subtly laying colours and controlling the directional movement of your needle we will interpret your creative ideas into a beautiful piece of work. The workshop is suitable for all those who have a basic understanding of their sewing machine, whether you are a beginner or advanced.

www.nodeensalmon.com

Cost: £78.00

 

The Delights of September  

Wed 19th Sept

Tutor: Jill Winch

One-day workshop with Jill Winch exploring the delights on offer in September, and painting them in a choice of either watercolours or coloured pencils. Plenty of demonstrations of painting all things 'botanical' throughout the day; one to one guidance given. Suitable for all levels.

www.jillwinch.com

Cost: £33.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

 

Textured Landscapes  

Fri 20th Sept

Two Day Workshop  

Sat 21st Sept

Tutor: Alex Waylett

Textured and embossed paper take on a whole new life when put under the paintbrush – and to another fabulous level when stitched and embellished.  Using landscapes as your design source you will be encouraged to work swiftly and intuitively, looking at colour, composition, perspective and using the torn appeal of textured paper to the max! 
First day – design in sketchbook from your pictures and photos. Followed by painting a ton of textured papers and bondaweb ready for positioning and stitching the following day. You will also look to include flower and leaf motifs where applicable and include hand stitch if you wish.   The project will be well under way by the second day - to be completed at home if you choose to work big!

www.alexandrawaylett.com

Cost: £94.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

 

Mono-print your own Scarf  

Tues 25th Sept

Two Day Workshop  

Wed 26th Sept

Tutor: Clive Barnett

This two-day workshop will enable you to mono-print a design of your own onto linen or silk scarf.  The first day will be spent exploring mark-making and colour using Procion dyes with mono-printing and resist techniques onto sample fabrics. This will teach you to arrange marks, either as structured repetition, or by an exploration of organic and free flowing design ideas. The second day will allow students to re-create their earlier 'mark-making' design ideas and print them onto their chosen scarf.

Cost: £97.00 (inc £11.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9.

All printing equipment, dyes and prepared fabrics supplied by tutor.

 

Wired to Cloth and Stitch  

Thurs 27th Sept

Two Day Workshop  

Fri 28th Sept

Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

Explore the creative potential and processes involved in combining wire with fabric and stitch.   You will concentrate on creating small 3-dimensional forms and structures using different types of wire and experimenting with a medley of techniques.   Both hand and machine stitching will be used with wire so it is important you are skilled with free-machine embroidery.

www.paulineverrinder.com

Cost: £77.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

 

Super Stitches 2  

Fri 12th Oct

Tutor: Gina Ferrari

This workshop is in keeping with Gina's belief that armed with both a mastery of stitches and a thorough knowledge of your sewing machine, you will be able to tackle any machine embroidery project you wish. This workshop places emphasis on gaining perfect control of your stitches through some fun samples. You will learn to use your machine to produce colourful little stitched paintings increasing your control and confidence. The resulting samples will have a professional look that is easy to achieve, suitable for framing as miniature pictures or using on greeting cards etc. This is workshop suited for beginners as well as those with a little experience.

www.ginaferrari.co.uk

Cost: £41.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

 

Chasing Shadows  

Thurs 18th Oct

Two Day Workshop  

Fri 19thOct

Tutor: Sarah Burgess

This workshop will push ideas to the next level and could build on the previous ‘Layering Print and Transparency’ workshop, but will also be suitable for those new to print and working with semi-transparent materials.   You will explore transparency and layering using a range of experimental print methods, stitch and applique using hand or machine stitch as you prefer.   Beginning with exercises on composition and moving on to explore combinations of experimental techniques, you will work with a range of semi-transparent surfaces in paper and fabric to produce complex incidental layered images which explore shifting and fleeting shadows.   Working from your own imagery, such as plant and tree forms, human and animal figures or man-made structures you will produce a range of highly individual and atmospheric pieces culminating in more resolved personal work, supported by individual tutorials.

textilestudygroup.co.uk/members

Cost: £120.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

Rust and other Gnarly Old Stuff  

Wed 24th Oct

Two Day Workshop  

Thurs 25th Oct

Tutor: Alysn Midgelow Marsden

Stains and Discards are Alysn's current obsessions. For this workshop you will take visual inspiration from the hulls of the discarded, encrusted and peeling remnants of fishing boats seen on almost any journey to a shore, canal sidings or docks. We will explore the colours and textures found here using a combination of paper, metal, metal cloth, gilding, wire and fibre, with colouring techniques such as reactive paints, textures gels, sprays and patinas; structural techniques including layering, wiring, weave, stitch (hand or machine) and more. You will have the opportunity to learn great hands-on techniques and to create a panel overflowing with gnarly textures redolent of rusty old boat hulls.
Source material can be your own sketches and photos, or images from publications and online.

www.alysnsburntofferings.blogspot.co.uk

Cost: £145.00 (inc £15.00 materials charge)

 

Meltingly Beautiful Beads  

Tues 30th Oct

Tutor: Lynda Swaine

This is a great course for all levels of expertise.  It is designed to inspire you to make beautiful beads with a difference, so that these can be manipulated and interpreted to suit your own individual artwork. This could be for just jewellery making, but the primary intention is to explore the potential for incorporating these beads into textile art and mixed media projects.
Inspiration can be approached in two ways:-
1) The beads themselves may promote inspiration for a piece of work, or
2) A piece of artwork may be substantially enhanced by creating the correct style of bead to suit it. 
A wide range of materials will be used:-
Organza fabric – for forming lovely textured and often very organic looking beads and structures to enhance backgrounds.
Metallic Organza – combining this with felt and soldering iron techniques.
Angelina Fibre and Film – combined with Kunin felt, and we will be adding rubber stamping techniques.
Cellophane/cake/sweet wrappers – (a recycling WOW!!!), to create unusual and stunning beads and backgrounds.
PVA Glue – this was a ‘Eureka’ moment, and you won’t believe how easy it is.
Metal Fabric – Metal Fabric is very pliable, and can be distressed very easily and moulded into lovely beads.
“Come and have fun, and release your imagination”

www.sewingwithconfidence.co.uk

Cost: £37.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

 

Landscape: Exploring Folded Forms  

Wed 31st Oct

Two Day Workshop  

Thurs 1st Nov

Tutor: Amanda Hislop

A two-day workshop exploring layering techniques with painterly colour and stitch to manipulate and create texture. Images of landscape are taken as a source to inspire and develop original samples using personal sketchbooks or photographs as a starting point. Working intuitively with materials and colour, abstract and fragment the landscape to create a collection of surfaces to manipulate with colour and simple hand stitch processes.
Day one, experiment with techniques and materials to create tactile surfaces using paper, fabric, threads and fibres. Use colour in a variety of ways to enhance and alter the surface.
Day two, extend and work with samples to develop the surface with colour and stitch manipulation. Look at detail, abstract the image, consider a less is more approach; experiment with the use of stitch as a mark making process combined with folding and pleating. An experimental experience to develop samples using an intuitive approach, responding to the qualities within your chosen source material. On the course you will develop a collection of inspiring cloth and paper surfaces, exploring the creative potential of stitched line, colour and texture.  Suitable for those who enjoy intuitive experimentation and extension of creative boundaries.

www.amandahisloptextileartist.com

Cost: £99.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

 

Glitz & Glisten  

Fri 2nd Nov

Tutor: Jo Mabbutt

A metallics and iridescent fest!  Work with glitzy real metal leaf & metallic transfer foil and glistening metallic & iridescent powders. Experiment, print & stencil on paper and other bases and build up patterns and designs that could be further embellished or used for various celebratory projects

www.jmdecorativeart.co.uk

Cost: £47.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)

 

Batik Inspired by John Piper  

Tues 6th Nov

Two Day Workshop  

Wed 7th Nov

Tutor: Jenny O'Leary

The artist John Piper created atmospheric images of the English landscape and its architecture. Using his work as inspiration students will use the technique of batik – hot wax resist. They will work on tissue paper, paper and fabric and use bleach and inks on assorted papers and dyes on cotton to create atmospheric textures and effects. An exciting course allowing for exploration and discovery. The work will be suitable for further development with stitch. No experience is necessary as the technique will be taught from scratch. A number of samples will be created during the workshop.

www.jennyolearytextiles.wordpress.com

Cost: £88.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

 

Creative Drawing  

Thurs 8th Nov

Tutor: Suzy Drake

Drawing is the first step to creating a totally unique image. The ability to record or interpret what you see, or what you can imagine, can transform the way your own artistic work develops, assist in design and give expertise to print making and other disciplines.
If you are interested in improving your drawing skills, or want to create your own designs, this workshop will develop your confidence in producing drawings to assist in both these areas. You will explore the process of observation, truly seeing an object and its creative possibilities, before translating these ideas onto paper, using a host of drawing and mark-making techniques.

www.suzydrake.com

Cost: £32.00 (inc £2 materials charge)

 

Experimental Nuno Felt!  

Fri 9th Nov

Two Day Workshop  

Sat 10th Nov

Tutor: Clare Bullock

This two-day workshop will provide you with the opportunity to explore the technique of 'nuno' felt, which is a lightweight and flowing fabric, produced by combining diaphanous fabrics and wool fibre.  You will be encouraged to experiment with the techniques and, having discovered the creative potential and possible effects of the cloth produced, you will go on to explore the almost limitless textures and surfaces that can be created by sampling all sorts of different combinations of fibre and fabric.

www.clarebullock.co.uk

Cost: £44.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

 

Tracks and Traces: Lines and Layers in Felt  

Thurs 29th Nov

Two Day Workshop  

Fri 30th Nov

Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

You will be depicting tracks and traces of the landscape, by creating marks and lines with various materials at each stage of the felting process.  The layering of fabric and threads can suggest the continually re-worked and criss-crossing journeys by man and animals over time. Different quality of lines can be created by using threads, ribbons, lace, cords, etc, under wool or fabric. Interesting textured surfaces will develop when the wool reacts with synthetic and natural materials. The shifting light and shadows on land can be suggested by over lapping transparent fabrics. Ideas using other techniques such as stitch and appliqué will be demonstrated.
The experimental sampling may become a small item or a series of ideas for future projects, depending on what develops in the process. The work will initiate personal development and under guidance students will create ideas for future use.

www.jeanetteappleton.com

Cost: £137.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

 

Alchemy with Natural Dyes  

Sat 1st Dec

Tutor: Jenny Leslie

Using techniques from India Flint's workshops you will learn how to use natural leaves gathered from your garden and the country-side around you to make beautiful naturally dyed cloth.  Bring blackberry leaves, prunus [flowering dark red leaved plum], horseradish leaves, and anything you can find - flower petals various types French marigold are good. Using natural fabrics we will dye and steam print using fresh leaves and flowers. There will also be time to consider how to use these fabrics to make your own textile hanging.

www.regeneration.carbonmade.com

Cost: £40.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

 

Focus on Fish in Kantha  

Tues 4th Dec

Two Day Workshop  

Wed 5th Dec

Tutor: Dorothy Tucker

Kantha is a Bangladeshi word for cloth, and a particular way of stitching embroidered quilts which were traditionally made from the good parts of old worn out saris.  A wealth of animals, fish and birds feature in the designs on these quilts. Dorothy will bring both historical and contemporary examples for you to handle and study.  You may wish to bring your own designs, and Dorothy will also bring templates of designs found traditional kantha for you to use if you wish. The workshop is open to everyone interested in stitching by hand and exploring kantha making.

www.textilestudygroup.co.uk

Cost: £82.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)