Friday, 22 November 2013

Workshops In The Little Green Shed 2013 - 15



Those of you who have known me for a while, will know that my pride and joy is The Little Green Shed, my 20ft by 10ft studio.  It's remarkably well equipped, but of course, it's usually only me who uses it.  I thought that that was a bit of a waste, and the idea of workshops in the Little Green Shed was born.  The idea is simple; come and learn a new skill, or develop an existing one, using my equipment and with my help.  I supply most of the materials as well as the equipment, and a light lunch is included.  I can take up to four people at a time, and the total cost is £120.

These workshops are bespoke; if you want to try something out for the first time, I will design an introductory workshop; if you are more skilled, tell me what you want to concentrate on, and I will design something to meet your specific needs.  And if you're not sure what you want... email me to talk about it!

Click here for pictures of a workshop I did with one group..they had lots of fun, and I'm sure you would, too!

The list of topics I cover is given here ;

Altered Art (books, shoes, boxes, bags, quilts ...you name it, we can alter it!)
Artist's Trading Cards
Artists Journals and Sketchbooks
Basic Batik
Basic Book Binding
Basic Hand Stitch (decorative)
Book Covers (stitched)
Cloth Dolls (Keyhole Kate)
Collage
Colouring Paper and Cloth
Dyeing using Acid Dyes
Dyeing using Fibre Reactive (Procion) Dyes
Dyeing using Transfer Dyes
Exquisite Evolon
Fabric Postcards
Fascinator Fun
Feltmaking (wet and dry)
Finding Inspiration
Free Motion Stitching For Texture
Linoprinting
Lovely Lutradur.
Mixed Media Painting
Monoprinting 
Paper Making
Printing with Natural Materials
Screen Printing
Silk Paper Making.

If you don't see the topic you would like to learn, why not ask me?  I might be able to help!  Or check out the workshops I do for larger groups for more information.

PS The Little Green Shed is in Longham, near Dereham, Norfolk (UK); if you come from further afield, but want to come for a weekend in glorious rural surroundings, there is plenty of good, local accommodation, including the village pub, just round the corner!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Studio Days In The Little Green Shed





Wish you had your own studio?  Got an art or craft form you would love to try, but don’t have the equipment?  The Little Green Shed is a fully equipped artist’s studio, 20ft by 10ft, owned and managed by wee me in the lovely Norfolk countryside.  Why not come and have a Studio Day with me, with full access to the equipment and materials in the Little Green Shed?

So, what is a Studio Day?  A Studio Day is your own personal, bespoke workshop, letting you work with me, with access to my materials as well as anything you want to bring with you and full tuition. You can select from a wide range of topics, or I can design something specifically to suit your needs.  Studio Days are intended for small groups of up to four people (five, at a squeeze!) and lets you concentrate on learning something new, with no distractions.  Because groups are so small, it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or an experienced maker, the workshop will be tailored to everyone's needs. 
If you can’t pull together a group, or don’t want to spend a whole day, you can book studio time with me by the hour or half day, as well as by the day.  

Studio Day Topics
You can choose from any of these topics, as well as a whole range of textile techniques which apparently I forgot to mention, like dyeing, felt making and paper making.    If your group is larger than four, alternative premises can be arranged; or I can bring the workshop to a venue of your choice!

Altered Art
Altered Art is a way of turning anything into a piece of art, from a book, to a shoe, to a bag, to a matchbox!  Just tell me what you want to create, and we’ll turn it into something special.

Introduction To Collage
Introduce variety, texture and interest to your work by combining cloth, papers and found items with paint  on board.  Great fun and a really interesting way of recycling materials, including artworks that you’re not happy with.

Introduction To Fabric Collage
A similar workshop to Introduction to Collage, above, but with stitch as part of the making and embellishing of the work. 

Working Intuitively
 Often, we do things in the same way, over and over again. We start with an idea, gather the materials, use them, and then finish and possibly frame it. This workshop encourages you to abandon that way of working, through a series of exercises that help you to try different approaches.  Scary, maybe, but worth it!

Textiles Play Day
Come and experiment with a wide range of materials and media; no holds barred! I will
demonstrate the uses of the materials available, and then you can try them out.

Mixed Media Play Day
As Textiles Play Day, above.  Includes encaustic paints as well as more traditional ways of working.

Quick and Easy Lutradur Postcards : 1 day
Learn to make postcards from lutradur .   You will design, colour and create your own postcards using transfer dyes and paints, and stitch them by hand. 

Lovely Lutradur Beads: 1 day
In the first part of the workshop, you will colour the fabric using transfer paints. After transforming  your fabric into beads and embellishments using heat guns and soldering irons, we will use paints, glitter etc to embellish them.  The beads can be used as embellishments on quilts, or for textile jewellery; we will make a piece of textile jewellery with the beads  you produce.

Quick and Easy Evolon Postcards
Learn to make postcards from Evolon.   You will design, colour and create your own postcards using transfer dyes and paints, and stitch them by hand. 

Monoprint Magic
Learn a quick and easy way of creating unique prints on fabric, using three linked techniques.  We will be printing on Evolon using transfer paints. 

Basic Block Printing
Always wanted to print, but not sure where to start?  This workshop shows you how to carve and print with your own blocks, using a variety of different materials, some of which you can make by recycling packaging and other materials.

Snaptastic
Bring one of your own photographs, and learn how to use them to make designs for a series of quilts or mixed media works.

Two Shapes And A Line
A quick and easy approach to designing your own motifs and patterns.  You will end up with a range of designs based on the ’two shapes and a line’ concept. 

For more information, please contact : Marion Barnett, Skinflints, Chapel Road, Longham NR19 2RN.
Tel: 01362 687710, email: lutradur@tiscali.co.uk


Prices: Min. £30 per head (based on a group of four for a day); total cost, £120, regardless of number of participants including most materials and equipment use; free refreshments and home made cake.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Workshops 2013-15


 

I've been out of touch, and out of the workshop scene for over two years, now, mainly due to a grumpy gall bladder and a touch of the old depression thing... but, having applied (successfully, I hope) to Festival of Quilts to teach this year, I thought a revised list of workshops might be A Good Thing.  So, here it is!  If you are interested, and would like more information, please email me here.  I love teaching, and haven't done enought of it this year at all... but I am working on a couple of new books, too, so a couple of the workshops are based on the books.  Wonder if you can guess which ones...?
ps the image shows two postcards made from my lutradur postcard kit, which will be for sale on the internet very soon!  Watch this space!



Workshops  : 2013 – 15
Marion Barnett is a Scottish textile artist living and working in Norfolk, UK.  She has taught all over the country and abroad, including teaching regularly at Festival of Quilts. She has written three books, two on textiles and one on creativity, and is currently working on two more, one on working with photographs to create landscapes, and another on Constructed Textiles.  She also creates ebooks and kits for people who want to try out a particular technique with minimum fuss and cost.  She is able to provide kits for all her workshops, discounted from the normal price.  Marion also gives talks and demonstrations in textile techniques, and is happy to create bespoke workshops for groups on request.

Quick and Easy Lutradur Postcards : 1 day
Learn to make postcards from lutradur .   You will design, colour and create your own postcards using transfer dyes and paints, and stitch them by hand. 
Lovely Lutradur Beads: 1 day
In the first part of the workshop, you will colour the fabric using transfer paints. After transforming  your fabric into beads and embellishments using heat guns and soldering irons, we will use paints, glitter etc to embellish them.  The beads can be used as embellishments on quilts, or for textile jewellery; we will make a piece of textile jewellery with the beads  you produce.
Quick and Easy Evolon Postcards : 1 day
Learn to make postcards from Evolon.   You will design, colour and create your own postcards using transfer dyes and paints, and stitch them by hand. 
Monoprint Magic : 1 Day
Learn a quick and easy way of creating unique prints on fabric, using three linked techniques.  We will be printing on Evolon using transfer paints. 
Basic Block Printing : 1 Day
Always wanted to print, but not sure where to start?  This workshop shows you how to carve and print with your own blocks, using a variety of different materials, some of which you can make by recycling packaging and other materials.
Snaptastic Stitch : 1 or 2 Days
Bring one of your own photographs, and learn how to use them to make designs for a series of quilts.  If extended to two days, the second day will involve making a small quilt based on one of your designs.
Two Shapes And A Line : 1 or 2 Days
A quick and easy approach to designing your own applique patterns.  You will end up with a range of designs based on the ’two shapes and a line’ concept, and, if extended to two days, will make a small wall hanging using one of your own designs.
 

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Exquisite Evolon...


..is finally here! Evolon is a non woven polyester/nylon cloth, a microfibre, which is a bit like working with suede or velvet. Like Lutradur, it does not fray, and tolerates heat well, so takes transfer dyes beautifully. However, as there is a nylon element, it is also possible to acid dye, making it really easy to colour. I couldn't resist writing a book about it, as I'm a texture fan, and the texture of this cloth is just gorgeous.

The book has ten chapters, which split into three sections. The first talks about dyeing using both transfer and acid dyes, whilst the second discusses inkjet printing and distressing using heat (burning), two of the special effects you can achieve with this flexible cloth. The remaining chapters are projects, which are discussed step by step with process photographs. The projects include knitting with Evolon, making a rust dyed wall hanging, and a fab jacket, as well as some easy embellishments. The projects are followed by a gallery of images of different kinds of work made by using Evolon, from a number of different artists, with a variety of different skill levels, most of whom had never worked with Evolon before. Tracy Borders describes her experience of making work for the book here; other artists include Sally Bramald, the UK queen of feather quilting, who made a fantastic whole cloth quilt for the book....and who is still talking to me, despite me asking her to work with polyester!

The introduction reads;
' I hope you will find lots of different ideas about how to use Evolon both in textile art and in making things for your home. It is such a versatile material. The projects in this book are intended to inspire you to try out some of the techniques I use in making my own art. You can work through them, one by one, or select those which appeal to you most, or match your skills. Use them as a springboard for your own creativity; why not try designing your own art doll, just as I have done in Chapter 5.'


You can buy Exquisite Evolon here... if you are in the UK, use the top button. If you are in Europe, use the middle button, and if you are in the USA or Canada, use the bottom button. If you are elsewhere in the world, please contact me for a mailing price before you buy. Wholesale terms are available; please contact me via email for more information.

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Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Wonderful Workshops...




or at least, I hope they are! This is the most recent list of my workshops, if anyone would like more details, please email me. Whilst I'm based in Norfolk, I'm happy to travel anywhere, in the UK and beyond, and have taught in French as well as English. In theory, I could do so in Russian too, if anyone's interested out there!

Marion Barnett : Workshops, 2010-11

Mixed Media

Collage Basics 1 day
Experiment with collage techniques using paper, cloth, paint and found objects to create an
exciting small piece of work. Suitable for anyone who enjoys working with colour and
texture; previous experience of either collage or painting not required.

Altered Books 1 day
Create a piece of original art from a child’s board book. This class takes you through all
the stages of preparing your book, creating backgrounds and then filling your book with
whatever you wish!

Artists Trading Cards ½ day
ATCs are small pieces of original art, which can be made from any medium, but which always
measure 2 ½” by 3 ½”. Have fun making a selection of these cards, using stamps, paints,
collage, anything you like!

Waxing Lyrical 1 day
Learn how to use wax as a resist, to create patterns on paper and fabric. Then use it as a
way of adding interest to your collage or mixed media work.

Mixed Media Play Day (1 day)
Come and experiment with a wide range of materials and media; no holds barred! I will
demonstrate the uses of the materials available, and then you can try them out.
NB this workshop can also be run on a half day basis, focussing on one particular medium.

Textile

Getting It Finished : Altered Quilts (1 day)
We all have quilts that we have started and abandoned when we can’t ‘get it right’, but
which we don’t throw away for any number of reasons. This workshop looks at how best to
work with those UFOs; how to diagnose the problems and fix them, turning a problem child
into a star! Each participant will bring a piece that they would like to finish, and
together, we will identify the issues and come up with a strategy to deal with them, as
well as looking at how we can avoid such issues in the future.

Lovely Lutradur : Adding Colour Play Day(1 day)
This workshop introduces working with lutradur, and will allow you to try working with all
four available weights of lutradur. We will experiment with transfer (disperse) dyes,
paints, inks and chalks, separately and in combination, and create a useful set of samples
contained within a hand sewn journal.

Lovely Lutradur : Working With Transparency
Lutradur’s special feature is transparency. In this workshop, you will learn how to use it
to best effect in combination with patterns and prints. Each participant will print a
textile base cloth, and then design and make a coloured lutradur piece to cover it, making
a unified image from the two layers, a quilt top ready for stitch. The two lutradur
workshops may be combined over one weekend.

Workshop: Working Intuitively (1 day)
This workshop lets you consider the process of making work. Often, we do the same thing,
over and over again. We start with an idea, make the cloth, or purchase it, assemble the
quilt top and then quilt it. This workshop encourages you to abandon that way of working,
to mix up the order in which you do things and to combine techniques at different stages in
the work.

Workshop: Learning To Dye (1 day)
This is an introduction to dyeing with Procion MX dyes. Participants will learn about the
dyes themselves, mix and apply them. We will also try out making some basic patterns,
using folded and tied resists. We will also try out overdyeing cloth that we don’t like.

Workshop: Learning to Dye Paint and Print (1 day)
This leads on from the Learning To Dye workshop. We will use thickened dyes to make dye
paintings, as well as making mono and block prints.
The dyeing workshops may be combined to make a two day workshop.

Textiles Play Day (1 day)
Come and experiment with a wide range of materials and media; no holds barred! I will
demonstrate the uses of the materials available, and then you can try them out.
NB this workshop can also be run on a half day basis, focussing on one particular medium.

Creativity
Inspiration Journal (1 day)
I’m often asked where I get my ideas from, or what I do when I’m stuck. This particular
workshop shares a number of techniques for generating ideas for work. Participants will
select a theme and create a folded book with lots of different ideas on that theme, making
it the starting point for new work, whether textile, mixed media or paper. This is a
particularly helpful workshop for anyone who wants to begin to work in series. On the
second day, each participant will develop one of the ideas into a cohesive piece of work.

Finding Your Creative Focus (1 day).
An opportunity to review your current practice with other artists and an experienced
facilitator/creativity coach, and consider how to move forward. This is particularly
useful for people who feel ‘blocked’ or ‘stuck’ in their artwork. Or it would be suitable
for people who want to return to making art after a break of some kind.

ps the image is an Artist's Trading Card; the background is made using shaving foam printing with Brusho, and the tree is stamped on using thickened Brusho.