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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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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.

If you would like to hear about future workshops  you can visit my website www.silversoles.co.uk, subscribe to my blog or visit Lauren’s website at www.guthrie-ghani.co.uk

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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: www.macarts.co.uk or call (0121) 4463232

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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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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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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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Altar Cloth Commission

Everyday Altar Cloth, St. Matins in the Bull Ring

Everyday Altar Cloth, St. Matins in the Bull Ring

I recently completed a commission of two altar cloths for the historic church of St. Martin’s in the Bull Ring, Birmingham, one for the High Altar and the second for the smaller everyday altar. The commission was looking for pieces that reflected St. Martin’s congregation and the community it serves.

St. Martins history, mirrors the development of Birmingham as a settlement and evolution as an ethnically & culturally diverse community. St. Martins serves a wide and diverse community of both established residents, new & transient people, new to the city and country.

Each altar cloth is an abstract textured design in felted merino wool incorporating a graduated range of rich shades of a single colour in suitable ecclesiastical colours. Shimmering threads, sparkling yarns and fabrics run through the felted wool to echo the St. Martins community.

Detail of Altar cloths

Detail of Altar cloths

The threads, yarns & fabric interwoven in the wool represent the drawing together and bonding of the diverse community & congregation of the church community. The shaft of lighter fibres at the centre of the altar cloths along side the shimmering fibres and fabrics, represents the light of God, the faithful and hope, lighting a path to faith and healing.

The use of felting as a process to create the cloths holds significance, as the process takes physical effort to bond, enmesh and pull the tangling fibres into one united fabric, reflecting the drawing together and bonding of the St. Martins community.

High Altar Cloth, St. Martins in the Bull Ring

High Altar Cloth, St. Martins in the Bull Ring

 

 

 

 

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