Monday, 8 June 2015

Working on new workshop pieces and where to find me

One of the reasons I enjoy teaching so much is that the courses I write are almost always designed to stretch my skills in new directions as well as those of the participants!
I am sure that this is not the most efficient way of being a tutor, but my mind is always wanting to explore new options, thus working on these with a view to passing on the ideas is stimulating and fun!
Over the last few weeks I have been concentrating on my workshop lists for later this year.

In August I will be at One Tree Point (very pretty area near to Whangarei) with Kerry from Tulis Textiles. Here we will be playing with some of my favourite techniques for layering burning, melting and fusing fabrics. There is a one day option on Friday 21st 'Playing with Fire' and a 2 day option on the 22nd and 23rd (Slash and Burn) which can be taken separately or will build on your techniques from the Friday. (For full details: http://www.tulis.co.nz/shop/product/textile-art-retreat/)

Slash and Burn by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden - you have no idea how much fun we can have with burning!!
Soon after this I am off to the TAFTA Forum in Geelong, AUS. This is going to be a fabulous course, including observation, drawing, designing as well as lots of work with metals and metal cloths. We are going to make 2 or 3D work based on seed pods, and I am greatly enjoying developing the workshop. I can even see it going beyond that into a whole series of work for me too.
(Full details: http://www.taftainc.com.au/tutor6.html)
Here are some of the ideas I have been developing:

Drawing and stitching based on Banksia seedpods
Banksia pods, interesting shapes and textures which can be developed into a piece


Playing with metals, metal fabrics, felt and stitch to create really scrummy textures.
Soon after that I am in the UK and seeing loads of people. For the full list, see http://alysnsburntofferings.blogspot.co.nz/p/out-and-about.html

Another three brand new workshops are being added to the list, you can sample them at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London, Dublin and Harrogate (http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/), or the Living Threads Group when their Autumn Programme is put online (http://livingthreadstextileartists.com/living-threads-workshops.html), or at Koala Convention in Australia next year, again you have to wait for the online list to be published or contact Wendy directly (http://www.koalaconventions.com.au/events/convention.aspx?ConventionID=11).

'Time For Tea' sees us using tea bags to create fabulous surfaces for embellishing with leaves, petals, lace, gilding, stitching etc. etc.

Time for Tea by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Time for Tea by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Time for Tea by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Time for Tea by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
 'Miao Thread Booklets' are derived from the utterly amazing containers made by the ladies of the Miao peoples in South West China. I have made one before using lutradur, evolon, texture gels and paint, but these are in silk and paper:

Miao Style Thread Booklet by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Miao Style Thread Booklet by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Miao Style Thread Booklet by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Miao Style Thread Booklet by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Miao Style Thread Booklet by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Miao Style Thread Booklet by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
And finally, developing from last years Paper Patchwork day, we move on to More Paper Patchwork:

More Paper Patchwork by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

More Paper Patchwork by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
However, for the rest of today it is back to paperwork, though I can look forward to High Tea in Auckland tomorrow with some stitching friends, which will be lovely.


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