Thursday, 22 August 2013

Announcing the birth of a new textile group


I am particularly excited today to announce that New Zealand has a new group of fine art textile makers, it will exhibit and show both in NZ and elsewhere.
The founding members are myself, Jo Dixey and Ailie Snow. 

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We are currently asking for other makers interested in joining in with our aims to send expressions of interest and will be organising an inaugural exhibition soon.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Weaving and Shrinking

Fortunately the weather has not been quite at it's hottest over the last few days whilst we have been having fun with my 'Wild Wire Weaving' and 'Print, Stitch, Shrink' workshops.
Friday saw a full class getting to grips with metal and wire techniques and produced lots of interesting experiments:

A few of my samples

Pieces started on the workshop:











Have another peek at the last image, then see what Cath brought in the next day:






And ... her husband loved them so much, he wants a weaving 1 metre long for his birthday - better get to it Cath, best of luck.

Today we were stitching into shrink plastic and printable shrink plastic.

My efforts as starting points were:

Shrink plastic, metal cloth and stitch example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

More shrink plastic and metal by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Textured poppy example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
And here are some of the pieces developed during the workshop:









There is plenty of scope for experimentation with this idea which began as a corsage technique I developed (or at least came to without seeing any other similar ideas), then expanded as an article for Workshop on the Web.
Another great big thanks for everyone working hard inside on lovely sunny days.

I am setting off back to New Zealand in two days, so will post from there. I wonder what the house will look like without  my input after seven weeks? Better than I left it?!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

The Crown Jewels Gone Mad

A quick post with loads of images today.
Yesterday's workshop for the Living Threads group was a full on, over the top day with the fusible Angelina fibres. The day was called 'The Crown Jewels Gone Mad', after a commission I made in which the brief was exactly that!

The commission looked like this:

'The Crown Jewels Gone Mad' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Detail from 'The Crown Jewels Gone Mad' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Using the colour changing, sculptural and melting properties of the fusible Angelina fibres combined with stitch, beads and wires led to other experiments:

Lace designs in Angelina fibre by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


Paua shell inspired Angelina by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Going to town with beads, sequins, wires and Angelina by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

After spending the morning trying out techniques including embossing, sculpting, burning and soldering, everyone began to create their piece using a combination of the ideas. These will all will have further stitching, beading and more Angelina before they are finished, you just have to put your imagining hat on to see the finished results. Well done all for going mad with Angelina.