Sunday, 22 September 2013

Stephanie Redfern - Design Day

Saturday 21st September saw some of us approach this workshop with great trepidation and some with great excitement.. What were we going to do ? could we do it? What on earth was to be expected of us. Had we brought the right fabric, threads, paper and source material?.

As soon as Stephanie started talking to us our fears were allayed. She showed us some stunning work. Her design sheets and finished pieces based on simple shapes and patterns were so inspiring.

All of us were sent to identify our source materials , draw some simple shapes, make templates of different sizes, identify fabrics and backgrounds and queue for the iron to back our pieces with bondaweb. Stephanie came to each of us to help and encourage us.

A brilliant day was had by all. It was amazing how different every piece of work was and we all have plenty of homework to do to complete our pieces.

Here are some samples of Stephanie's work

















Here we are all working hard and some of the exciting work in progress:-

What shall we draw?


laughing and chatting!





















Monday, 16 September 2013

September - Ceramic Patchwork

ZOE HILLYARD
Zoe inspired us today with her constructional textiles.
Inspired by her travels abroad, Zoe has discovered a unique way of working with ceramic vases from charity shops

Zoe has collaborated with the British Museum and digitally produced a ceramic collection, in fabric.
 
The process entails breaking a vase and then covering each piece of ceramic, with a stretched silk printed fabric, and then stitching the fabric in place. The process is very time consuming but Zoe has perfected it - it is part of the intrigue; is it ceramic? Is it fabric?

 

 
Sometimes a gap is left which adds to the authenticity. There have been times when the pieces, when broken, were too small or shattered beyond use.
Most recently, Zoe's ''Inter Lace'' project involves scanning historical lace in blue and white ceramics - at Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
Zoe uses Gutterman polyester machine thread to lace her silk to the ceramic pieces

Former work of Zoe's

 
You can see further work by Zoe - presently at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester and Shire Hall in Stafford or look on her website to be inspired:-
 





Monday, 2 September 2013

Art in Action 2013

Art in Action is a real treat for all senses
Here are a few snapshots to give you a taster...
FURNITURE FOR A KING?

INTER-ACTION WITH PUNCH AND JUDY 

CERAMICS
THAT PUNCH AND JUDY ARE SO PERSISTANT

BEST OF THE BEST - SO DELICATE

WIRE SCULPTURE

...NOT AGAIN!!

BEAUTIFUL PRINTS

 

FACES IN WIRE, SIMPLE AND ALL DIFFERENT
Where is everyone? The end of a very tiring but overwhelmingly creative day