SOLAR PLATE ETCHING: is a quick, simple and safe alternative to traditional etching. Rather than acids, all that is needed is the UV rays of the sun to etch a plate. Your image is applied onto transparent film, then exposed to the sun for 2.30 min. A built in photo sensitive emulsion hardens the image in the sun. The plate is then washed in water revealing your image ready for printing on the etching press. Emphasis will be on creating images using elements from the natural world. Existing illustrations from nature on clear film will be used with natural elements such as leaves, flowers, feathers, lace. Many applications of colour rolled onto the plate will result in a stunning portfolio of prints.
Learn simple, but exciting ways to colour up fabric in this fun workshop. Over two days Jan will cover a multitude of techniques that can be easily recreated at home, including mono-printing, no rules screen-printing, using transfers, inks and acrylic paints. You will walk away with a stack of unique fabrics ready to be used in any of your textile projects.
Although Lauran is a contemporary lace maker and will concentrate primarily on contemporary bobbin lace, the techniques, covered in the class, would benefit the traditional lace maker who wishes to make traditional pieces using wire. These techniques can also be used for larger dimensional sculptural pieces although she will cover small-scale jewellery applications. Lauran will explore two important aspects; focusing on the special methods of working with wire will help the student understand the structural integrity inherent to metal and its potential for dimensional design, emphasis on proper tensioning and the technique of working the wire around the pins, in a systematic manner to achieve precise stitches will be covered in detail. Additional she will cover methods for making all those wire ends “disappear”.
Through collected and found objects, plant material and internal processes we will explore the natural environment where we are. I will invite you to be drawn to places and things in nature and use these sensations as starting points to the mark making with natural dyes, and rust dyeing.
We will explore leaf imprints and other mark making with natural materials to integrate with hand stitching and collage. While the dye pots keeps simmering we will explore the possibilities in each sample as the pieces of cloth emerge. Let the marks and colours become starting points for the next step of the creative process.
Let yourself be stirred for more.
Come and learn the intricate art of bobbin lace making. Traditionally bobbin lace making was used to decorate fashion for the aristocracy of Europe from the 16th Century, later to become a form of currency worth more than gold.
Nowadays, lace can be made from all sorts of fibres including wire, crazy yarns and paper. Vicki teaches bobbin lace making in a contemporary and accessible way. This workshop will teach you some of the basics and will open your eyes to the possibilities of this intriguing art form.