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Inspire Group Felt Shibori Sampling Day

Cracked Mud sample

It was lovely to spend the day with the Inspire Group members in the old rectory of St. Swithin’s church situated south of Solihull in the beautiful village of Barston, Warwickshire at the beginning of February. The day workshop was focused on sharing how to adapt shibori techniques to felt making. We began the day looking at the samples I brought along, illustrating a selection of felted surface reliefs and textures that can be achieved by using stitch, clamping and binding.

The mornings sample making started with the group members choosing to create either a Ripple effect or the Coral Wave peice. The Ripple is similar to smocking, as they are stitched and gathered. It was great to see these samples being made with varying stitch lengths and patterns worked into them before they were gathered. The Coral Wave samples, adapted from the Ori-Nui shibori of stitched and gathered pleats, looked wonderful on both sides.

Next the group members opted to try sampling either the Spikes (Kuno stitch, gathered and bound) or the Pebbles (Kanako, resist bound objects) effect.

Following a well earned lunch rest, in the afternoon we moved on to creating Cracked Mud samples. This involved working with a resist to build layers of wool and then cut back through the layers. This process creates textured edged shapes rising out from the base layer of felt, sometimes revealing contrasting colours beneath.

Finally , those still with some energy left, began to make a Nuno resist sample combining wool, cotton fabric and resist shapes to form a contrasting texture relief surface. it was a highly productive day and everyone came away with new ideas to develop from their samples.

Cracked mud contrasting colours

The Inspire Group are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year with an exhibition to display some of the work members have created over the decade. Exhibition details  to follow, it should be a good one to visit.

If you or your group would be intrested in participating in a Felt Manipulated Sampling Day or a different Felt making course, please email me at info@silversoles.co.uk or call 07753366795.

 

 

 

Cracked mud contrasting colours

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Ceramic Sheep

Ceramic Sheep

Riverside Mill - home of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Riverside Mill – home of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

We popped into the fabulous home of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, in Bovey Tracey and were lucky enough to catch the members summer exhibition, Materials Matter. The exhibition’s theme centres on celebrating the diversity of contemporary craft materials used by the Guild Members.

I’ve included a few of my favourite pieces from the exhibition  – including the pieces I voted for in the People’s Choice Award, (can you guess which one it is?)

Isabella Whitworth scarves

Isabella Whitworth scarves

Yuli Somme, Crufts Tea Cosy

Yuli Somme, Crufts Tea Cosy

 

Isabella Whitworth’s beautiful shibori scarves made with natural dyes including her own grown indigo. Photo doesn’t do justice to her colours.

 

 

 

I loved  Yuli Somme’s felted Crufts Tea Cosy. 

 

 

Detail of Liz Clay's peice

Detail of Liz Clay’s piece

 

Liz Clay’s felted and pleated work showed a very Japanese influence in its use of dyeing and pleating techniques.

 

 

Peter Lane’s porcelain bowls had such stunning iridescent colours combined with an incredible delicate sense of lightness to them.

Riverside Mill Terrace cafe, check out the sedum roof!

Riverside Mill Terrace cafe, check out the sedum roof!

To top off our visit we had a delicious brunch of salmon & scrambled eggs on homemade wholemeal toast and a pot of Earl grey tea in the  cafe on the roof top terrace.

Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Riverside Mill is a great venue with a programme of fantastic exhibition and events throughout the year – a must visit if you’re in the area. You can check it out at www.crafts.org.uk  Material Matters runs until 7th September 2014.

 

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