Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Come play with me!

We shall overcome!
Changes in group rules at Living Threads have prevented me being able to take part in their programme this summer. I really didn't want to miss seeing you, both regulars and new faces, so I have arranged an extra series of workshops during my UK stay this summer.
They will be help at at the Risley Village Hall as usual, from 10.00am - 4.00pm as usual, they are £25.00 per workshop, as usual!! In fact, as the saying goes, 'rien ne change'.


Here is the programme:


Workshop 1.                                                   9th July 2017
Miao Thread Booklet Starter Day
These little known embroidery cases are fantastic as an object in their own right and also as a surface to decorate and embellish.
I was incredibly intrigued when I first came across these and am really happy to be able to share some of the tradition with you. South West Chinese Miao create the original versions in painted, multi folded and pocketed paper with cloth book-like cases as portable sewing boxes with compartments for on the go projects, threads, fabrics, needles, pins and templates. The folding technique is called Zhen Xian Bao. Booklets come in many sizes and shapes and are versatile in format and construction.
We are going to construct a basic two pocket booklet. One pocket is folded, the other is twisted. This gives you the techniques you need for creating more complex booklets later. We will update the materials and stitching, playing with materials such as silk, lutradur, stitch and beads.
No sewing machine needed.

 
Miao Thread Booklet Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Miao Thread Booklet Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Miao Thread Booklet Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Miao Thread Booklet Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden





Workshop 2.                                              11th July 2017
Pattern to Print Development

Architecture gives unending inspiration and scope for creative designs. In this course you will use a favourite image of an architectural feature such as a doorway, window, carved pillar etc. to make a simple linear repeat, and from this two print blocks, then print using metallic, pearlescent and interference acrylics on dark fabric  If you have time you can add stitching, probably by hand on this day, though you could work with machine stitching later.

Pattern to Print Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Pattern to Print Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Pattern to Print Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden



Workshop 3.                                                18th July 2017
Gone fishing!

Exploring organic sculpture, and (thankfully) not a lot to do with fish! Create textile sculptures as wearable scarf brooches or free form structures. Using sheer fabrics, silks, knitted wire and fishing wire to produce these freely curving, lightweight structures. Whether you embellish with machine or hand stitch; add beads as you please, or leave plain, the finished result gives a gracefully, sensuously curved organic form.  This is a day to use your sewing machine.

Gone Fishing! Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Gone Fishing! Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Gone Fishing! Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
 

Workshop 4.                                                31st July 2017
Not so Standard Angelina - Hundertwasser style!!

Having had the pleasure of visiting the world famous (in New Zealand) Hundertwasser created toilet block in a remote outback of northland New Zealand, and seen the powerful
connection that Hundertwasser had to the area, combined with his popularity amongst textile artists, I have combined Angelina fibres into his delightful, organic designs.
Angelina fibres are well known for their iridescent lustre and simplicity of use. You will be making the most of the ‘non-bondable’ range of fibres, using a soldering iron, machine or hand stitch, couched accent threads and a smattering of beads, as a panel, purse or glasses case etc. This could be either a subtle or a bold, dramatic panel with ideas to expand your techniques and to use on other projects.
Not sure that Angelina fibres are for you? This course is a must for you  - I have had so many converts!
Suitable for hand or machine stitch or a combination of both.

Angelina meets Hundertwasser Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Angelina meets Hundertwasser Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Angelina meets Hundertwasser Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Angelina meets Hundertwasser Example by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

 

These ‘Taking Textiles Further’ summer workshops give me the opportunity to share with you a mixture of tried and tested techniques, and new ideas developed during recent ‘play dates’ in my studio. I look forward to working with you.
All courses are suitable for all levels. Techniques are adaptable for any experience.
£25.00 per class or book all 4 for just £85.00.
To book, simply email, alysnmm@gmail.com, or message me through facebook with your request for a place and I will send you payment options.

The venue of Risley Village Hall is convenient for the M1 being located just off Junction 25 on
Derby Road, DE72 3SU. There is plenty of parking & the venue is on a bus route between Nottingham and Derby.
Courses start at 10.00am, to 4pm.  Refreshments provided, please bring your own lunch.


Though I live in New Zealand, I return to the UK each year and am happy to take bookings for workshops and talks.
Please contact me if you wish to know more, and if you visit New Zealand,  I run retreats at our beautiful oceanside accommodation and studio ‘Kotare House’.
Contact: alysnmm@gmail.com
And: AlysnMidgelowMarsdenArtTextiles on Facebook







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