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”.
This workshops introduces fun and experimental printing techniques, which can be applied to both paper and fabric. Marks can be familiar signs such as numbers and letters, or they can be very personal doodling – your signature f.ex. is a mark that is unique to you. We will experiment with drawing, painting, stamping, rubbing, scraping and staining.
We will explore monoprinting, stencilling and screening with a variety of resists such as paper, plastic, string, glue, wax, acryl gel medium, etc. We will further use gelatin as a base for making a a printing plate and use our hands as a press. Besides paint we will be using tea, coffee, ink, bleach and flour for mark making.
Shibori- the ancient Japanese technique of resist dyeing on fabric, is not just an art but is a fascinating story in itself. Shibori is a platform where you challenge your creativity to unravel a bold interplay of colours and textures. It involves different types of folding, stitching, twisting and compressing of fabric followed by multiple levels of dyeing to unfold alluring patterns on the fabric.
The explorative workshop by Neha Puri Dhir, a textile artist from India, will involve learning and working on two different resist dyeing techniques such as stitch resist and clamp resist. The workshop will leave you with endless creative possibilities to explore further.
Nuno felting is the integration of fabric and wool. Each of these have their own unique properties and together they can make the most beautiful medium to create scarves, wraps and garments.
In this 2 day class we will experiment with some of the variety of techniques available to create surface design and ultimately create a beautiful scarf.
From a background of Studio Ceramics Pam has worked now in the field of Textile Art for 16 years. Primarily a felt maker she explores, through innovation, the many ways wool can be formed and coaxed into new and interesting forms. Pam is also a natural dye and printmaker, using her home of the Blue Mountains as a constant source of inspiration and colour. Organic forms and texture are a common theme throughout her work, with the various properties of wool and the colours of nature influencing each piece.