vol / fullUrban Nature: Explore Cloth, Collage, Mark & Stitch

2-day workshop with Cas Holmes (UK)

Intro:
The local landscape or urban townscape can provide a rich vein for stimulus and discovery. Compositions in cloth will reference and discover the overlooked details of the local environmemt (or your own landscape/townscape images) You will build up a background to your picture on a foundation cloth which has been painted or dyed and explore different mark making and print processes/ image transfers. This will be followed by layering and bonding methods before defining images and shapes with stitch.

This workshop looks at the use of found materials and the generation of ideas from within our 'footfall'.  The environment as both source and subject, a 'green' focus to stimulate creativity.

Broad outline of the workshop: 

Day One: Introduction to the course.
An introduction to simple colour and print methods using found materials including low tech transfer methods with acrylic gels and paint. Laminating and layering paper and fabric.
Day Two Introduction to stitch.
Working with the textiles and papers to add individual details and stitch together, seams, gathers, tearing, building towards textured surfaces.

We end the course by discussing ideas for future development.

NOTE
This class can be taken separately or as a follow up on the previous class.

Inschrijven niet mogelijk

Preparation required:
Materials to be brought in by students

Equipment:
Basic sewing equipment (scissors, 5-6 sewing threads),
1 inch brush, 2/3 finer brushes, sponge, plastic lidded containers for paint.
3 colours of acrylic paint of your choice plus white
Alternatively fabric mediums/paints which are fixed by an iron will also be ok
Waterproof fine drawing pen/small selection of preferred drawing/marking media such as non-washable wax crayons, felt pens, etc 
Apron,plastic gloves. (This should all fit in one bag!)

Gathered ephemera:
3-4 scraps of cotton, linen, canvas fabrics some with floral prints if possible Various sizes. .
Select some of the following: lace, fabric scraps, old scraps of hand/machine stitched fabric, writing, photocopy prints, lace, look out for some which may reference the urban landscape/nature theme.

Papers:
Select from the following:
Brown wrapping paper/potato sacks and/or large brown envelopes, tissue paper, Collect assorted waste papers from patterned paper bags, oriental specialist papers, sweetwrappers, printed glossy magazines etc.

(Again, paper and gathered ephemera should fit into one carrier bag!)

NOTES:
*Sewing machine- cleaned/oiled ! 
(pls bring your own if you prefer machine stitching).
You are welcome to hand stitch though.

*Also pls bring a small stack of old newspaper, a plain paper sketchbook or notebook and camera/tablet

*there will be a labfee for shared use of the following:
wallpaper paste, pva glue and acrylic gel medium