Monthly Archives: September 2014

Nuno Felting Weekend

An exciting opportunity to learn how to combine fabric with wool to create unique ruched and textured nuno felted textiles.

During the weekend workshop you will be

  • Creating a range of samples by experimenting with a variety of fabrics
  • Dyeing your chosen fabric in preparation to create a finished piece on the second day.
  • Use the techniques learnt on day one to create a final piece: a decorative piece or a scarf or continue experimenting to create further samples.

MAC will provide cotton muslin and silk chiffon and a light weight habotai  to experiment with, whilst longer lengths can be purchased to create a finished piece. Alternatively you may like to bring your own open weave fabric to work with.

Bring along;

  • nuno felt 5a sketch/notebook to write down your smapling results,
  • your camera to record your work in progress
  • a couple of old towels,
  • any open weave fabrics you would like to experiment with and work with to create a finished piece (cotton muslins, scrim, silk chiffon, silk georgette work well, you might want to bring some synthetic fibre fabrics too) and any fibres you would like to incorporate in you work too.

Venue: Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
Date: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th October 2014
Time: 10 – 4pm
tickets available from: mac (0121) 4403838

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MADE London

I am very excited to announce that Silversoles will be exhibiting at the wonderful MADE London Design and Craft Fair on the design Gap stand. You can find us on Stand C2 in the Crypt Pods from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2014.

MADE London, Sir John Soanes Church, 1 Marylebone, London, NW1 4AQ, opposite Great Portland Street tube station.

Ticket available from www.madelondon.org/tickets

 

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Screen Printing – Design and Print your own Fabric

On Sunday 5th October 2014 I’m running a Screenprinting workshop at Lauren Guthrie’s fabulous shop and studio workshop Guthrie & Ghani in Moseley, Birmingham. You’ll learn how to screenprint your unique designs onto a length of fabric ready for future use on your own projects.

Scrrenprint imageDuring the screenprinting workshop you will learn how to

  • translate your design into a stencil,
  • apply simple 2 way colour separation techniques,
  • how to create repeat patterns and
  • the process of screen printing onto fabric.

You will need to bring along;

  • a few of your chosen designs
  • a length of your own fabric to print on;~ this can be natural or synthetic fabrics, woven or stretch fabrics. Choose a fabric with a smooth surface as this will take your print easily.

Think about what you may want to use the fabric for in the future (creating cushions, bags, a skirt etc), as this will help deciding what type and how much fabric you will need. For practical reasons, I anticipate you will need no more than 2 to 2.5m of fabric – any more and you are unlikely to print it all in the workshop time.

Booking & Tickets available via www.guthrie-ghani.co.uk/workshop/screen-print-your-own-fabric  or call (0121) 4498419. 

screenprinting in action

Class runs from 10am-4pm (1 hour lunch break – please bring a packed lunch, alternatively there are lots of cafes, pubs & bistros nearby to get something delicious).
Venue: Guthrie & Ghani, Moseley, Birmingham
Date: Sunday 5th October 2014
Time: 10 – 4pm Tickets: £60

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Silk Painting Workshop

Silk Painting

I’m running a weekend Silk Painting workshop on Saturday 27 & 28th September 2014 at the Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham. The workshop will involve experimenting with a range of silk paining techniques to help you create silk paintings, including how to use gutta and dyes, applying salt, sugar and alcohol to create surface effects and textures.

Kerryn Llyod

Kerryn Llyod

Day One will begin by producing technique samples, using all the processes described and Day Two will allow you to focus on to creating your own silk painting applying what you have learnt on Day One. Previous workshop attendees have used the second day to make wall hangings, cushions, scarves and fabric to make clothing with.

Please contact www.macarts.co.uk or call (0121) 4431861 for booking details.

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Textile Classes at MAC

Only a week to go and tickets selling fast for the Autumn Term Textiles classes and workshops I am running at the Midlands Art Centre. This term’s Fabric, Paper & Stitch students will be working toward a New Year exhibition of their work using Edible as their inspiration. The Explore Feltmaking course focus this term will be on 3d surface textures and drawing with wool to create landscapes. Also look out for the short weekend workshops planned throughout the Autumn starting with Silk Painting at the end of September. Autumn term starts on Monday 15th September, further information and tickets can be found at www.macarts.co.uk

Twelve week courses are;

Explore Feltmaking  Mondays 13.00hrs to 15.00hrs, An introduction to traditional and contemporary felt making with opportunities to experiment with a range of fibres, fabric and wool. 

Explore Textiles Mondays 19.30 to 21.30, A practical introduction and exploration of textiles developing personal projects using batik, screen printing, feltmaking and embroidery with elements of paper making and dyeing.

Fabric, Paper & Stitch Wednesdays 10.00 hrs to 12.00hrs.  An exploration of surface design introducing a range of techniques including printing (Block & Screen) hand & machine embroidery with surface design exercises to develop your own creative language.

Mixed Media Textiles Wednesday 13.00hrs to 15.00hrs or Thursday 19.30hrs to 21.00hrs. Experimenting with a variety of materials and trying different techniques to build mixed media tactile surfaces. Using batik, feltmaking & heat bonding processes combined with embroidery, wire, plastics and found objects you can try out new ideas and develop your own individual projects. IMG_1224

 

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Melanie Keevil at the RBSA

Ariel View of Birmingham

Ariel View of Birmingham

I visited the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists last week and caught Melanie Keevils’ (ARBSA) new exhibition of ceramic wall panels in the Craft Gallery. Many of the pieces featured are inspired by ancient civilisations, the colours and landscapes of France and Spain, and the geology of the Cornish and Welsh Coastlines. The ceramic panels have a 3d surface relief with each area of low relief filled with subtle coloured glazes. 

The show features a range of Melanie’s new pieces called Fragments and her ariel images of Birmingham. I loved these ariel wall pieces, both the stunning larger single panels (see above), and the smaller panels (below). The small individual panels work both in isolation or grouped together giving a wider ariel grid view.  Melanie’s work is an inspirational study of topography and her ariel interpretations of Birmingham are a cartographic delight. image

Get yourselves down to the RBSA to see the exhibition – it runs until Saturday 11th October at the RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Strret, St Paul’s, Birmingham, B3 1SA. www.rbse.org.uk

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