Monday, 29 April 2013

Meet the Artist

IMG_5435 Our 'Meet the Artist' exhibition is a feast of opportunity for developing workshops directly around our own work. I showed my Dragon Book to a group of 6-9 year olds and we spent the day developing a new range of textile experiment- ation in response to the theme of

We managed to squeeze screen printing, heat transfre, stamping AND a bit of stitching into one busy day!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Kanzashi Flowers

IMG_5437 At the Knitting and Stitching Show, I joined a workshop about Kanzashi flowers. These were mine ...

Sunday, 21 April 2013


IMG_5422 A group of 9-14 year olds spent a day exploring print techniques, including lino, foam and monoprint. I asked them to imagine a place, and think of all the tracks that pass that spot across the years ... and to make those prints. IMG_5413 We built up our layers of printed tissue paper into these pieces. Here, from top to bottom, are the works of Felix, Louisa and Tianna. IMG_5420

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The Woodland Boudoir

IMG_5371 Another moment from the Knitting and Stitching Show. This Woodland Boudoir was created by a group of textile artists and was a delightful and inspiring shift from the many stalls where selling was their business.

A little reminiscence into the imaginary fairy worlds of my childhood, I think!

Some of my favourite work here was by Yulia Badian, but many artists took part, and the piece that most caught my eye was actually the wallpaper, for whom I couldn't identify the artist!

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Silk Painting with Make and Create

IMG_5377My Make and Create group have been experimenting with silk painting.

IMG_5379It's been an amazing few weeks, as everybody found their own unique style and form for playing with this free-flowing medium.  Barbara

Here we have, from top to bottom, the work of Valerie, Fi, Barbara and Katie.

I simply couldn't choose which to include!  And there could have been so many more ...Katie

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Feltmaking Magic

At the recent Knitting and Stitching Show, perhaps my greatest excitement and inspiration was a wall of felt pieces forming part of the International Feltmakers Association display.  Having pondered the possibilities of felt for my next textile book, I am now desperate to get going on it!

It's quite difficult to find some of the artists online but here are a few that caught my eye:
Above, Jennie Loudon, and below, Ruth Packham.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Art Club's Introduction to Colour Mixing

IMG_5367As I watched my Art Club paint the objects they had made, I realised how much they preferred to play safe with colours, using colours as they came and not bothering to mix.  So the next week I took a picture of two tigers from the exhibition, chopped it up and gave them a section each to draw and then paint.  Pretty challenging for 5 - 10 year olds, but they embraced it!