Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Rusty and Gnarly


Some new workshop ideas explode into your mind, the excitement of the idea carries you along. Along the way they can become a bit of a monster. Thus it was with some trepidation that after 6 months of trials and development then parring down  options to develop a workable multi-day workshop that I took a trip to Knebworth and to Art Van Go’s studios. Here I was to give the (possibly) unsuspecting participants a whirlwind  ride of painting, spraying, dripping, burning, rusting, and more burning over 2 days with the theme of ‘Rusty and other Gnarly Stuff’. I was also due to run a 3 day version with my Taking Textile Further fabulous ladies the week after. I'd  like to share with you some of the amazing work they achieved.


Both groups dived in with enthusiasm and a degree of trust in both myself and the process they were asked to follow. I often aim to divorce the process from the ‘end game’, allowing the final works to grow through a connection with the papers and fabrics. To develop pieces with a few key words in mind based on images of rusted objects or peeling paint or ‘other gnarly old stuff’ was the aim in this case.
I increasingly find that showing final outcome examples early in a session can create a narrow tunnel vision for some people, so withholding visuals until very late in the day frees  the mind and allows for a more personal creative response to the ideas and techniques offered. However, I also know that this can be a hard journey for some, and am grateful of the trust that is placed in me to allow this to openness occur.

Both at Art Van Go and Taking Textiles Further at Risley we began with a blank, clean workspace and ended up with colour, texture, marks and ideas in paper, fabric, Tyvek, Lutradur, metal and wire before bringing these yummy piles of materials together as responsive works.
Great piles of loveliness! Painted, rusted, dripped, sprayed, burnt and more papers and fabrics from Rusty and Gnarly workshop from Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Great piles of loveliness! Painted, rusted, dripped, sprayed, burnt and more papers and fabrics from Rusty and Gnarly workshop from Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


Drying dyeing in the autumn sunshine at Art Van Go

Drying dyeing in the autumn sunshine at Art Van Go
Great piles of loveliness! Painted, rusted, dripped, sprayed, burnt and more papers and fabrics from Rusty and Gnarly workshop from Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Great piles of loveliness! Painted, rusted, dripped, sprayed, burnt and more papers and fabrics from Rusty and Gnarly workshop from Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Rusty and Gnarly with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Rusty and Gnarly with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Rusty and Gnarly with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Rusty and Gnarly with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Rusty and Gnarly with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Rusty and Gnarly with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Rusty and Gnarly with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Rusty and Gnarly with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Rusty and Gnarly with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


Rusty and Gnarly with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Rusty and Gnarly with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Rusty and Gnarly with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


In the end, the course worked brilliantly as you can see above. We developed new approaches, new (to some) techniques and great results underway. I can now sleep in peace having achieved the desired outcome!
Among the added benefits for me is participating and listening to the many supportive conversations through the days and watching the development of new friendships which I know will continue in the future for many of the special people I get to meet. Thank you all for giving your time and sharing with me and the others on your courses.
(I'm not going into details of the  Wolverhampton contingent's  evening excesses, except to say - why wasn't I invited?!!)
If you are excited by the idea of my workshops, please get in touch on the contact page, or fb for my 2019, 2020 (and beyond) availability anywhere in the world.
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1 comment:

sam21ski said...

Had a fabulous three days and the atmosphere was brilliant. Why wouldn't you be happy, got messy with the paints, inks and sprays. Got to make fabrics and papers rusty, then got to burn them, what could be more satisfying!!! Thanks Alysn xxx