for a group of artists? Perhaps I can help you... I offer a wide range of workshops, including those that are described below. And there are more to follow; if you are familiar with my work, you will know that I work in mixed media and paint as well as textile, so I can offer a wide range of technique and process workshops. If you don't see it here, why not email me and ask about it; my email address is in my Blogger profile. I specialise in bespoke workshops.
I love working with groups, but limit the size to twelve at the most. I can teach in French, if you wish, and might even manage to do so in Russian, though it has been a while... And I have basic German, too, which could be brushed up. Are you getting the idea that I love to travel? You should! Hey, I even speak American!!! And as a special offer, book a workshop before March 2009, and mention the blog, and I'll give you a 10% discount on my already reasonable fees!
And watch this space... you could have the chance to come to work in the shed with me... or have some coaching time... contact me for more details if you just can't wait!
Workshop: Getting It Finished : Altered Quilts (1 day or 2 days)
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.
Workshop: 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.
Workshop: 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: Inspiration Journal (1 or 2 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.
Workshop: Working Intuitively (1 or 2 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.