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Christmas Events 2014

Silversoles will be exhibiting at a number of events in the run up to Christmas 2014, it would be great to see you…

Arts & Craft Fair at Coustis – 16th November

Celebrating 30 years in business and supporting All Saints Youth Project, Coustis Salon are hosting an arts & craft event with Kings Heath Artists. Coustis Salon, 57 Alcester Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham; 10am – 6pm Sunday 16th Noember 2014

MADE in Kings Heath

Artist Open Studio / Christmas Fair Event showcasing the work of four artists with a Kings Heath connection; Melanie Keevil Ceramics, Fiona Humphry –  Inky Print Originals, Andy Millicheap Jewellery & Emma Jackson – Silversoles Felted Textiles. Venue: Silversoles Studio, 129 Hazelhurst Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, Saturday 29th November 11am – 5pm and Sunday 30th November 11am – 4pm

mac Christmas Contempoary Fair

Silversoles will be showing at the Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th December. 11am – 6pm. Check out link for a full list of artists exhibiting at the mac fairs. http://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/christmas-craft-markets/


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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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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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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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