Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Waxing Lyrical

Hurrah, it's autumn, time to get the encaustics out again... I get too hot in the summer to work with extra heat, ironing is bad enough, the heat of melting wax is just overkill. But now I can see it as an alternative means of heating The Little Green Shed, and enjoy working with it in the relative cool of winter.

I don't often wax particularly lyrical about work, but there's something about this piece, Autumn Wind, that just seems to invite it. For me, the piece evokes the colours of the autumn, their warmth, and the warmth of a beautiful Autumn day. The wax on top, though, is a dark blue, the blue of a chill wind, perhaps the first of the winter winds, reminding us of the chills that are to come.

This piece features wax carving, which shows the beauty of the colours beneath it. See what I mean... I'm waxing lyrical! You can find this piece in my purelypainting etsy shop
if you would like to see more detail shots....and see if you can find the leaf being blown about on that wind...

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Want A Workshop...

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.