Monday, 26 March 2018

Weave and twist, fold and cut.


A flurry of workshop weekends just past, the first being the Kowhai Mixed Media Craft Group who wanted to weave with metal and wire to create textured, sculptural forms.

Starting out

Almost finished

Wild Wire Weaving with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Wild Wire Weaving with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Wild Wire Weaving with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Wild Wire Weaving with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Wild Wire Weaving with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Wild Wire Weaving with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


The Embroiderers' Great Escape, the annual retreat weekend organised by the Auckland Embroiderers was held over the weekend.
It is always gratifying to see the results of previous workshops, and in September I got 'Hot, Wet and Sticky' in Rotorua.
Hot Wet and Sticky with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Hot Wet and Sticky with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

I have taught at the Great Escape event before and it is interesting to find myself as the 'odd' tutor, surrounded by very high quality, fairly traditional handstitch based tutors, rather than as a mainstream textiles artist which is how I conceive of myself. At least there are enthusiastic participants wanting to work in the way I do and keen to try out my ideas!
We were spending time looking at the construction of the Zhen Xian Bao Folded Thread Booklets, but bringing in materials such as silk, bonding, gel medium, kraftex paper, Lutradur and spray paints.
After some trials in plain paper, we worked into the alternative materials, developed the design and by the end of the weekend, all projects were well underway.

Folded Thread Booklets with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Folded Thread Booklets with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Folded Thread Booklets with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Folded Thread Booklets with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Folded Thread Booklets with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Folded Thread Booklets with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Folded Thread Booklets with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Great Escape, Orewa, 2018

Great Escape, Orewa, 2018
If you are interested in other workshops and exhibitions coming over 2018, here's the newsletter link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CmGulixvvA3yYQKwGYeXRTvMs1ebTnQsFSLKz85UQJk/edit?usp=sharing

Ah well, back to paperwork for a day or two, and I suppose I'll have to get on with finishing the toilet facilities at the studio too!

Whatever else, make sure you get time for creating and for enjoying your environment.

Sunrise at Kotare Studio

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