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A Garden of Stitches
A Garden of Stitches
Wild Tiles Studio, Cul Mor, Elphin, By Lairg, Sutherland IV274HH
01854 666279

Learn how to translate the colours, shapes, patterns and textures of the garden into miniature textile works of art.

Dipping into the range of techniques Jan uses regularly in her own practice, you will learn how to take blank cloth through a number of processes - dyeing, printing, collage and stitching - each one contributing depth and patina to the finished work.

This week is based in Jan's studio, which sits in an acre of garden, full of trees and flowers and which is semi-wild in its nature. The first morning will be spent outside, photographing, sketching and collecting from the garden, using all your senses to build up impressions and personal associations related to the theme.

Once back at the studio, you will look through all this material and choose the most interesting to use as a basis for the rest of the week's work. The first afternoon will be filled with some warm-up techniques, helping you to become familiar with some of the materials and tools used by the textile artist.

Thereafter, on each morning you will learn a different technique for transferring colour and pattern to cloth. You will then experiment with these surfaces by manipulating the fabric, by way of such techniques as cutting and layering. The afternoons will be given over to further development of each little work by the use of stitch, both machine and hand, thereby raising the surface and increasing the intricacy of the marks that you make.

By the end of the week, you will have a collection of beautiful little works, having captured the essence of the garden through your own personal interpretation.

All materials and equipment are supplied, though if you have your own camera, you will find it useful for the first day. Jan will provide a bank of sewing machines for all to use but, if you are used to your own sewing machine, then please do bring it along for your own personal use.

This course provides an introduction to a number of techniques for working in textiles and there is no assumption that the students have any experience of this type of work, including the sewing. In other words, the course is suitable for beginners, textile artists wanting to break out of their area of comfort, or artists working in another media who want to explore.

The course will run from 10am to 5pm from Monday 26 to Friday 30 June 2017

For more information and details of how to book, please visit Wild Tiles

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