Hilary Beattie Spring School – it’s all good so far!!

As I write, the third and final day of our Spring School has just begun.  The Language Of Flowers, tutored by Hilary Beattie, has seen fourteen keen participants learn new techniques and be inspired by Hilary’s work that currently forms part of the Concealed exhibition.

On the first day the group talked and thought about flowers, watching Hilary sketch on the easel, then using sketchbooks to draw them, working on their own interpretation of flowers to work on the following day. They worked mainly in monochrome and one other colour!

 

Day Two was about constructing the collage, making choices about what background to use,  framing their chosen images, and then assembling the items using bondaweb. Lots of concentration and discussion!

Hilary also brought along her very well stocked ‘shop’  which proved very popular!!

All of the students have been very well looked after, with lunch provided by trustees.  Jean and Joy have set out a wonderful buffet each day then cleared up afterwards. They have been helped by other trustees and QA members who also provided home made cakes for afternoon tea.

Without our unpaid Board of Trustees and members the Quilt Association would cease to exist!!  And a huge thank you goes to members of the Welsh Heritage Quilters group, who meet weekly at the Minerva Arts Centre and volunteer for stewarding duties during our two main exhibitions.

Okay – that’s me done for now.  They’ve been at it for nearly an hour so I’m off to take more photos and see how they’re getting on!!!  Look out for photos of the end results of what has been a hugely successful Spring School.

Concealed Exhibition and Workshop photos

I’m still catching my breath from all the activity at the Minerva Centre last week.  The screens were put in place, the exhibits hung, the exhibition opened and our first workshop took place.

The work done by members of Art Textiles:Made in Britain is amazing and so varied.  Who would think that the title theme, Concealed, could be interpreted in so many ways and in such a range of media.  Photographs definitely don’t do justice to the pieces and you really need to come and look at them for yourself but here are some of my favourites.  In no particular order, just the route I took around the display screens.

 

The exhibition opened on Saturday morning, but before the front doors were unlocked Rosie James had already begun the first workshop in the QA workroom.  I’ve attached some photos of what went on during the morning session as I had to leave at lunchtime.  Hopefully someone took some later on in the day.  If I can get hold of some I’ll update you later but even in the short time I was there I could feel the enthusiasm and desire to produce some excellent pieces.  The participants had brought along photos and were working with Rosie to make some stitched versions.  Truly inspiring!!!

That’s all for today.  Thanks for reading.

Rosie James

Following on from her successful workshop last year, Rosie James is back with us again on Saturday 6th May to tutor a workshop entitled Photo-Stitch.  Rosie’s fascinating work explores the use of the sewing machine as a tool for drawing. Her focus falls mainly on people and the kinds of crowds that form when people gather, she is looking for the individual within the crowd. Her work also encompasses the use of the stitched line to create drawings which explore the whole world of stitch, textiles, fashion, craft etc. The ways in which stitching and textiles figure in our everyday lives is a continuing fascination. Rosie using screen printing as well as machine stitching and applique to create layers of imagery. Recently she has become interested in the ways in which a line is created on the sewing machine and how lines are everywhere we look. These lines link us together.

This year, Rosie’s workshop will focus on showing participants how to play around with their own photographs and have fun turning them into stitched drawings like the lovely one shown below, which shows an original photograph and the finished stitched item.

Last year’s workshop was very successful and those who attended were inspired by their day with Rosie.  Feedback included the following from Jackie: ‘She’s a good teacher, explaining things very clearly, and I found the day excellent, as I felt able to be free and experimental with new techniques.  You don’t have to be ‘good at drawing’ to get great results; I was really happy with what I did.  Everyone seemed very pleased with what they achieved.’  Pam said ‘Rosie James was a very good teacher, and encouraged us to try all sorts of free experimentation too…It was a thoroughly enjoyable workshop. Nothing too difficult    I would recommend it to every one.’ .

We can still squeeze in one or two of you next Saturday if you feel like you’d like to join in.  For more information see our our workshop information page

http://www.quilt.org.uk/index.php?topic=workshopdetail&id=105&year=

To book your place email quilts@quilt.org.uk

Embroiderers’ Exhibition and visitors from abroad

Last Monday two of our Trustees, Doreen and Joy, welcomed a group of Canadian visitors to the Minerva Centre.  They were on a tour of textile related events in the UK and stopped off to see our current exhibition – Looking Forward, Looking back by members of Mid-Wales Embroiderers.  Here are a few photos of our visitors looking around the exhibition, including one of Marilyn, who was delighted with her oak leaf brooch (which will wing its way back to her home on the coast in South Carolina). She is pictured with Winnie Bowen who made the beautiful, delicate item.

Some of the work is truly inspiring and photographs don’t do justice to some of the beautiful items on display but they give an idea of the excellent work of Mid-Wales Embroiderers.  Thanks to Sue Purcell for the photos.

Tomorrow is your last chance to see the exhibition so come along to Llanidloes if you can.  Open 10.30 – 4.30.

Hilary Beattie

Hilary Beattie will be running a spring school for The Quilt Association this May.  Hilary taught here in Llanidloes in 2016 and that three-day retreat was a run-away success with many students booking again for this year. As a result, the school is sold out, but we hope that you will come and see Hilary’s work, plus the work of other members of Art Textiles:Made in Britain in the exhibition at The Minerva Arts Centre during May.

Anyone who has met Hilary, seen her teach, or demonstrate at quilting shows, will know that she is passionate about her art and tireless both in its execution and in the promotion of textile art as a movement.  Her work goes from strength to strength as she embraces new techniques, and experiments vivaciously with new materials. Hilary explores personal subject matter and shares with the observer her many passions, whether it is, for example, her love of the coast, her beloved dogs, her garden, or her own emotional journey.  What singles Hilary out as a true gift to textile art in Britain is the generosity with which she shares her knowledge, and, especially, her ability to impart that knowledge with engagement and enthusiasm,  to both experienced and novice practitioners.

Concealed

This exhibition by members and guests of Art Textiles:Made in Britain opens at The Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes on May 6 2017 and runs until 3 June 2017.  The gallery will be open from 10.30 until 4.30 each day except Sundays.

There are related workshops as follows:

Rosie James – Photostitch – May 6 2017
Hilary Beattie – The Language of Flowers – 18 – 20 May 2017
Cas Holmes – Unfolding Landscapes – 22 – 23 May 2017
Sylvia Paul – Concealed – 1 – 2 June 2017

 

Looking Forward, Looking Back

The successful Vintage Style Fair has now finished at the Minerva Arts Centre and tomorrow our second exhibition of the year opens.  This one is by the Mid Wales Embroiderers group which meets monthly here in Llanidloes.  They are a small group of enthusiastic embroiderers who also organise day workshops and speakers on topics related to embroidery. Members’ abilities are many and varied – whilst some enjoy traditional hand stitching, others push the boundaries. Here are a couple of pieces to whet your appetite.  I’ll post more during the exhibition.

 

Quilt Association City and Guilds Graduates

“I feel quite sad now that it is over. I have thoroughly enjoyed my course, all of it, some parts more than others, at each stage I have been inspired, and enjoyed the challenge.  I have grown in so many ways, but especially confidence.”

Recently, several students have graduated from our City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Patchwork and Appliqué. They produced some outstanding work, as varied as their own personalities. During their online studies, they have filled sketchbooks as they learned about the elements of design – 

They have practised design development – 

and learnt practical skills such as traditional stitching techniques, Procion MX dyeing and free-motion quilting – 

and produced beautiful finished items focused on Patchwork and on Appliqué –

We had some lovely feedback from the graduates, (as well as the quote at the start of this post)  saying such things as;

“I learned a lot during the course and did things I would never before have                a) thought of doing or                                                                                                        b) thought were things I was capable of, probably just because I didn’t know how. In future if I come up with an idea, I will be more inclined to find out how things are done and can I acquire the tools needed rather than saying “that’s not for me”

“You have been a super tutor and your course is quite outstanding…wonderfully constructed and designed.”

“I have really enjoyed the course and learnt so much”

Some of you will have heard that City and Guilds are about to radically change their creative provision.  No one is sure yet exactly what they intend, but we do know that we can continue to register new students on our programme, which is 7161 from the Creative Techniques pathway,  until 2018.  If you are thinking of taking a City and Guilds course don’t delay.  We continue to be the best value online provider, with our price held despite increases in administration costs.

 

Linda Paris Print and Stitch Workshop Day 2

Although this two day workshop was entitled Print and Stitch, we were all so keen to carry on working with the thermofax screens that very little stitching got done at all, except by Linda who demonstrated how she puts her pieces of work together.  This included an insight into the design process which many of us felt was really helpful.  Looking at the course participants you could see a variety of distinct themes and colour palettes being developed as the day went on.

I think what all of us appreciated most was Linda’s generosity.  She shared her skills, ideas, techniques, skills, fabric and equipment so willingly.  She was also very generous with her time, supporting everyone individually whilst at the same time allowing us free rein to just get on in whatever direction we chose.  The atmosphere in the room was amazing –  a group of people sharing time, space and equipment very harmoniously and getting lots done.  Thank you so much, Linda.  You were an inspiration!

Linda Paris Print and Stitch Workshop – Day 1

What a great start to this two day workshop!!  Those of us who attended had such a fabulous time using thermofax screens to print on paper and fabric (and ourselves!). The excitement in the room was palpable once Linda (above) began to show us what the possibilities were, using both ink and discharge paste to create our images.  Everyone was keen to try out the wide variety of screens that Linda had brought with her and once we got into the swing of it there was often complete silence in the room, so absorbed were we in our work.  We ate lunch ‘on the hoof’ and the tea trolley was rather neglected as everyone wanted to produce as much as possible in the time available.  Here are some photos of the day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t worry ladies!!  If I didn’t catch you on camera today I’ll rectify that on Day 2 on Tuesday.  Now that we kind of know what we’re doing, we’ve got a few days to let our ideas coalesce ready for our final designs.  Watch this space.

Spring forward

Well, the clocks went forward last weekend and doesn’t it make a difference!  More daylight hours to do all the things we’ve been putting off and hopefully a bit of sunshine to do them in.  I’m getting this blog post down now because I know that, come tomorrow evening (given my inability to keep myself clean) I will be up to my elbows in printing ink after the first day of Linda Paris’ Print and Stitch workshop.  I can’t wait to get started and I’ll keep you updated at the weekend on progress so far. Then on Tuesday we’re going to be putting some stitch to fabric.  We still have room to squeeze you in if you want to come.

Saturday sees the opening of our first Vintage Fair of the year which runs from 1st – 12th April.  It always amazes me how many things are there that I have to restrain myself from buying.  If I got my act together I could probably fill my own stand.  For any fan of all things vintage it’s like an Aladdin’s cave of treasures: china, clothing, books, records, furniture, jewellery – the list is endless.  Come and see for yourself.  Open every day except Sundays.

Our next workshop will be the one tutored by Rosie James on 6th May and we still have places but they’re filling up fast.  Likewise the ones led by Cas Holmes, Hilary Beattie and Sylvia Paul.  If you’re interested in those and our summer workshops (Ruth Singer and Bobby Britnell) see our Workshops page for more details and information on how to book.