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
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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.
We still have some places left on two workshops at the Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes, which is currently a very blustery place as Storm Doris passes through but will undoubtedly be bathed in sunshine when the workshops take place!!
The first workshop opportunity is a two-day event led by Linda Paris on 31st March and 4th April. Called Print and Stitch, the workshop will (on day one) give you techniques for successful printing with Thermofax screens. On day two you will work with your printed fabric to produce a finished item.
The second workshop is on Saturday May 6th with Rosie James, is called Photo:Stitch and during the day you will learn to make a stitched drawing from a photograph – great fun which could turn into a family heirloom!
Full details of both on our Workshops page.
For more information about Linda Paris click here
For more information about Rosie James click here