Janet Bolton composes textile pictures using the simplest of hand sewing techniques. Her inspiration comes from visual experience, memory, imagination – and sometimes from some quality inspired by the material itself - the placement of each element within the composition and the feeling this evokes being the important factor of each piece of work.
The emphasis of this workshop is to give students a comprehensive introduction to this direct way of working with your material and your idea, although there will not be time to completely finish a piece, all necessary aspects, including presenting and framing the work will be covered.
The day starts with a short talk by Janet, with examples of her work which will be usd to illustrate this particular practise method: Composing directly with the fabric to hand, how to choiose your subject matter, and how to allow the work to develop as it progresses. Questions are invited and encouraged at any time.
This will be followed by a practical demonstration of constructional methods, simple cutting of shapes, placing, and “needle turning” techniques. All work is done with hand sewing.
Janet will be on hand to offer individual help to each student, the main emphasis of which is to give complete confidence in the execution and development of your own ideas.
The day will close with a group discussion on the works in progress.
For this course you will need:
General sewing kit (needles pins scissors etc)
Approx half metre plain fabric, calico or curtain lining. For overall backing
Coloured threads, sewing machine reels, cotton or polyester.
Fabrics - as wide a range as possible of bits and pieces. The important factor that they should not be too heavy in weight, thin enough to be turned under without too much bulk.
Any buttons, beads, bits and pieces broken necklaces etc.
Simple imagery for personal inspiration.
Janet will bring a selection of fabric pieces with which to extend your palette.
This course is suitable for all abilities, please email Emma with any dietry requirements or questions- email@example.com