vol / fullExtreme Stitching

2-daagse workshop o.l.v. Cas Holmes (UK)

This workshop will emphasize the machine-stitched line and hand stitching as an extension of mark making. It can result in rich and exciting marks which, when, combined with other textile techniques create a new element of interest.  This is combined with exercises in drawing , mark-making and printing using stitch as both design source and a tool for printing. We will explore a range of found cloth, paper and plastic surfaces and different threads to build up a range of distressed,  torn, manipulated and collage surfaces.

What you will achieve:
By the end of the course  you will have produced a range of samples
Investigated, printing techniques using the cloth for both surface and print.
Deconstruction and rejoining  techniques in found materials and textiles.
Exploration of existing cloth/paper surfaces as a source for ideas.
Hand and free machine stitch to create textured surfaces.

Student preparation:
As you work through the course you may chose to make reference from your own images. Bring one or two images of previous work if you have them. Please bring a small 5cm piece of firm fabric in which you have made some hand stitch marks (Can be plain or patterned)also bring a small pIece of textured fabric (cuff/collar/seam).

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Pls bring the following

2-3  brushes at least quarter inch or similar,
3-4 plastic lidded containers (marge tubs or similar for paint, lids an be used as a mixing tray.)
Small sponge.
You will also need access to paint media such as small tubes of acylic paint or fabric paint.
(1 each of red, blue, yellow and black) 
Couple sheets of A2 white paper.
Firm plastic sheeting for printing on (can be the cover from an old plastic folder)
a few white bin liners
roller cutter + small cutting mat
a small stack of old newspaper

Basic sewing equipment: needles, pins, scissors, assorted
Threads of your choice and one or two machine threads  (you can use machine of hand stitch)
Sewing machine (or you can stitch by hand)

Papers and Fabric:
Small pieces of pre-stitched textiles. These can be your own 'waste' pieces or discards and/or found fabric with seams and edges such as shirt sleeve, front of blouse with buttons. Calico, linen, heavier fabric plain and print.
Assorted weights of papers from brown wrapping paper/potato sacks, glossy magazines, patterned paper, textured paper (wallpaper) oriental specialist papers.
Pieces of old sheeting/cotton, calico for printing on.

paper and gathered ephemera should fit into one carrier bag!

Some of these materials are duplicated and can be used for both workshops

*There may be other materials you like to use such as iron on vilene /interfacing etc to re-inforce the paper/fabric
You are welcome to use these materials to supplement the above list but not essential.

Themes suggested for both workshops:
Gardens: Flora, Birds and Beasts. From the Garden.  Along a path, vegetables.
Personal Stories and Histories: family images, writing, objects, photos etc
Domestic references food, food wrappers, kitchen, small items of décor, cups saucers, china, glass, clothing textiles. trees.
Landscape, textures, marks, weeds, patterns in land, rocks, stones, shells.
Places visited travel and regular day to day journeys.

The two workshops can be attended separately or as two linked workshops