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.