Monthly Archives: October 2014

Screenprinting at Guthrie & Ghani

Last Sunday I held a Screenprinting workshop at Lauren Guthrie’s beautiful shop & workshop Guthrie & Ghani  in Moseley, Birmingham. It was a pleasure to spend the day with Grace, Heather and Linda and show them how to prepare and print their designs onto a length of fabric. I’m sure you’ll agree they produced some fantastic prints.

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Silk Painting workshop at mac

I had a wonderful weekend on 27/28th September working with Jude, Mary, Yvonne and Karen at the Midlands Art Centre, sharing how to work with silk, dyes, gutta, sugar and salt to create silk paintings. Above are some of the samples made on the first day experimenting with the various techniques and below are their projects completed on day two.

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Rowland Emett ‘Marvellous Machines’ Exhibition

Toot Sweet Whistle machine

Toot Sweet Whistle machine

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was one of my favourite films as a child, magical adventure combined with one of my top 3 scariest childhood film characters  – the Child Catcher ( who still creeps me out!).

So you can imagine my excitement when I learnt that the work of Rowland Emmet, the creative genius behind the amazing machines in the film, was being shown at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

imageI loved the way Emett’s  fantastical mechanical gadgets and inventions upcycled all sorts of everyday objects and gave them a new life.  It was a joy to see the machines in action and  spotting all the different items Emett used to create them.


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Dabble with Devore

November sees the return of this very popular weekend workshop at the Midlands Arts Centre, and gives a fantastic opportunity to learn how to work with this technique to produce gifts for friends and family in time for Christmas!

Devore workshopThe two day workshop gives an introduction to the basic principles of devoré, allowing you to produce technique samples and test designs on day one and moving on to creating a silk velvet scarf, cushion or fabric lengths on day two. During the weekend you’ll learn how to translate your design onto cloth, explore different methods of applying devoré paste (block, hand and stencil application), how to burn out your designs and dye your fabric.

Bring along your design ideas and any printing blocks, rubber stamps or stencils you may have.

Workshop date: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th November 2014, 10am – 4pm in 1 hr for a lunch break at Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham. Booking via: or call (0121) 4463232

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