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.
This workshop is designed to get you out and about taking photos in an unfamiliar setting with an experienced and friendly tutor. The level of tuition is for raw beginners to advanced participants just looking for that edge.
The two day photography course will aim to provide a maximum amount of practical time shooting images with your camera of choice. You will get an essential set of skills to shoot on the run in the field and capture those fleeting moments that often get by before we’re ready. Create photos that require not only technical skills but open up your creativity to convey ideas and emotions that you may not normally consider possible.
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.
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.
This 2 day workshop is all about experimenting with the interaction of paper and stitch. We’ll be including elements and working from the lovely New England environment such as grasses, leaves, found objects, and incorporating stitched elements into a variety of paper manipulations. We will also play with the traditional Korean technique of Joomchi (a type of paper felting best done with the feet and power tools I’ve found) where paper layering and stitch creates new voids and shapes.
You can jump into joomchi with both feet, literally, but I will also be demonstrating and making a piece for everyone so all participants will end up with a piece of joomchi with personal inclusions that you may have brought or collected in the landscape, but if you want to dive in and give it a whirl that will be great! You can bind up a diary of the weekend using an age old binding technique that dates to medieval times using book stitching frames that I will provide. The frames are available for purchase after the workshop if you become addicted.
All joomchi equipment will be provided and all levels of experience catered for.