We all recall memories or impressions, fleeting or substantial, of the natural world: its
elements, its wildlife and their habitats or the marks left by man and settlement. The subject
of the story is yours to choose.
The interpretation of your subject may be realistic, impressionistic or a collage of related
images. Bring it to life using the wonderful mediums of fabric, thread and stitch.
The Workshop involves the processes of designing, constructing and stitching a ‘low relief’
panel of approx. 25x30cms.
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.
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments can be added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used, then reheated in order to fuse the paint. The word ‘encaustic’ comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing the paint.
It can be used as a luminous traditional painting medium, but it also has the potential to obscure the boundaries between mediums like no other art material, resulting in works that are just as much about painting or sculpture as they are about photography, drawing, printmaking, installation or a variety of craft techniques. Artists of all kinds are discovering its unifying potential, unique properties and versatility.
Mirella will take us through the basics of encaustics and then add more techniques such as embedding photographs. This workshop will be suited to beginners and more advanced students.
Repeat Handblock Printing using Shaped Blocks
Print your own fabric and paper by designing your own collection of shaped lino blocks! Create these blocks using positive/negative designs and learn to plan, cut and shape them for continuous block printing.
Over the weekend, you will be able to work from your own ideas or be guided through the steps of composition, image making and colour combining. There will be lots of scope for getting creative, for handblocking onto fabrics, gift wrap and wallpaper, making fat quarters and sharing ideas.
You will be supplied with lino, fabric inks and small lengths of wall and wrapping paper.