Wednesday, 31 October 2018

UK tour 2018


In addition to the Fabricated Narratives exhibition, during my visit to the UK I lead workshops and speak to groups about my work. So far this has encompassed Norwich Embroiderers Guild, The Granary Studio (Winchester), Art Van Go (Knebworth) and East Surrey Embroiderers Guild. The workshops are exciting as always for me as I watch participants learn new skills and create works based on my suggestions, but in their own style. 
As usual, please bear in mind that these are the partly finished works, not completed.


In Norwich we worked on ‘Slash and Burn’. Using metal fabric as the base and adding layers of melted chiffons to this, then revealing the metal fabric by cutting away with scissors and soldering irons. These lovely surfaces are ready for stitching and beading in just a day. Even more impressive was that these were created without samples as they had decided to hide from me until I returned from the workshop - oops, but in actual fact, it worked so well, I may consider it again!



Slash and Burn workshop at Norwich EG
Slash and Burn workshop at Norwich EG

Slash and Burn workshop at Norwich EG

Slash and Burn workshop at Norwich EG

Slash and Burn workshop at Norwich EG

Slash and Burn workshop at Norwich EG

Slash and Burn workshop at Norwich EG
At the Granary Studio we pursued ideas which involved more consideration of negative spaces and repeats to create a surface design with a 2 day version of my workshop ‘The Space Between’. These patterns and lines were then interpreted in print, metal fabric and wires. Again, 2 days is only just time to begin to discover the direction a piece might take, but we were well on the way and I was very pleased with the journey. I will be back at the Granary Studios in November 2019, do contact Sue  if you are interested in booking.

The Space Between workshop at The Granary Studio

The Space Between workshop at The Granary Studio
The Space Between workshop at The Granary Studio

The Space Between workshop at The Granary Studio





My thanks to Denise who brought in a piece she made on her last workshop with me 2 years ago. This was called ‘Vain Devices’. In this we examined (mostly) Elizabethan decorated and slashed clothing with it’s over the top splendour, then in velvet, metal, metal fabric and Angelina fibres, we developed an abstract version of the original, concentrating on textures and forms, not whole clothing pieces.

Vain Devices workshop result by Denise

Jane brought her piece to share. This was started last year on the ‘Starting from Seeds’ workshop. Developing a design from forms in seedpods, and interpretation in metal, metal cloth, reverse applique and embellishing stitch and beads. Here are the developments and the finished version:
Nigella seed pod as the starting point in 'Starting from Seeds' workshop

Development drawing


The final piece, a glorious textured mix of metal, metal cloth, velvet, stitch and beads

Starting from Seeds, detail

Thank you so much to Denise and Jane for sharing. It is really brilliant for me to see work which has left the confines of a workshop environment and grown into a personal, unique work.

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