Saturday, 28 July 2012

Pat Simon Lecture

Today we were privileged to see the hand crafted paper of Pat Simon, and hear her wonderful tales of Africa
Pat's tales were as colourful as her hand made bowls
Pat's boxes were inspired sometimes by the art of origami and her choice of paper is stunning. One little bowl had been made from kitchen paper
Jewellery and hand made beads. Little books of handmade papers were exquisite, some made from serviettes in stunning colours. You can see Pat had 3 bowls made on the form of the hand
Pat had worked under the tuition of Anne Dyer, Marie Roper and Bobby Britnell at Westhope Craft College
This tower of paper was after an exercise with Bobby Britnell - attach 2 pieces of paper to oneanother, 2'' square, using only paper - see what happens
One of Pat's embroidered pieces; stitches on hand made silk
Very African stitched wall hanging
Pat is very passionate about her many years in Africa and it shows in her paperwork and textiles

Monday, 23 July 2012

Art in Action

Despite the terrible weather leading up to the 4 day show, the sun shone on the righteous and we had a wonderful time.
It takes you all day to visit Artists from all over the world in every field of Art from the Blacksmith to honey making; from Textiles in all its forms to wire sculpture; from ceramics to portrait painting. There is something for everyone and so much to be tempted to buy!!
Here's Margaret, Jude and Janet getting 'horny.' (There are horns on the car which is covered from bumper to mudguard with leather.)
Visit Art in Action website for more details, or have a word with Jude or Ruth
If you have ever considered visiting 'Art in Action' at Waterperry, Oxford, check it out

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Members Dyeing day

Saturday 14th July saw a group of members getting together to have a 'dyeing' day. Given the state of the weather it was not the best of days but we managed. On a previous day materials were stitched and tied in preparation for some indigo dyeing. The morning was spent Indigo dyeing run by Sharon and Una and the afternoon was organised by Margaret when we procion dyed fabrics using trays, jam jars and paint brushes.
It was a lovely social day and we all got some lovely results and masses of fabrics and threads to add to our stashes

fabric prepared for indigo dying

wax resist in preparation for dying

Threads ready for dying

health and safety - Una preparing the dye bath with Margaret and Janet C hiding or pretending to be a lampshade!

Sharon and Una supervising the indigo dying

Sharon with the green fabric before it miraculously turns blue

Procian Dyes ready for the afternoon

Lillian decides that she would rather paint her shirt!!

lovely afternoon painting fabrics

Obviously someone is misbehaving !!!!

Fabulous fabrics from here on

This is was you have to do if you paint your shirt!

Claire's results drying!

Beautiful - the joy of dyeing your own fabric.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Margaret Dunning

Silk Painting and Microwave Dyeing

June 30th, 2012

We were privileged today to welcome Margaret Dunning, chairman of the Silk Painters Guild
Margaret's first demonstration on stretched habotai silk was to paint with acid dyes as opposed to silk paints to show the difference between the two
Close up of the background going onto dampened silk habotai
Large poppies were then added
Second demonstration shows the silk has been stretched onto a screen using masking tape as opposed to the silk pins
This is Margaret's demonstration of a landscape using water soluble gutta. This marvellous technique shows no gutta line when the work is dry. This example is using silk paints not dyes
Finished mountain scape using silk paints

Third demonstration of microwave dyeing. Margaret has dyed pieces of silk muslin, silk fibres and threads. They have been immersed in water and white vinegar mix
Dyeing a piece of pre-felt in the microwave

Here you can see some of Margaret's lovely silk paintings in the window

Thank you Margaret for an inspiring talk and those who attended were very privileged to see you at work. Thank you also, for your wonderful donations of your 2 sample paintings, for our raffle. We are so inspired, we are having a microwave dyeing day at Connect in Threads in September!