Sunday, 22 February 2015

Nicki Williams - Mixed Media Artist

Today we welcomed back, Nicki Williams, a mixed media Artist
We were shown an array of wonderful papers and embroideries; here are two examples - more to follow later on

Dina and Carol getting ready for the making of the painted, textured papers
Here we are the calm before the storm...
Two more pieces of Nicki's work - on the left is a piece trapping some Honesty on a printed paper bag that has been worked into with ink and bleach
On the right are papers that have been stitched into by machine making a lovely greetings card

Using hand made papers/textured papers/sketch books
We then learnt about trapping using holt melted wax. this sample is one of Nicki's

Jude's painted papers and sketch book 
Maggie at the wax pot
As you can see every table was a busy working space
Lillian and Carol sharing results at the wax pot
Today we welcomed Katie our sponsored student, to her first workshop
Cheryl and Louise
Margaret surrounded by a morning's work and having a moment's 'time out'
Maggie deciding which piece for the next process
Dina is covering her painted page with Quink, before adding bleach
Katie using torn pieces from her painted papers to collage before waxing 
Joy was first to stitch through her waxed papers. The papers held steadfast and the wax added stability to the whole piece
Debbie worked in a lovely colour scheme today with acid greens and deep reds; a winning combination
Clare's work in progress
A snapshot of a work in progress of Nicki's - beneath the sewing needle of the machine
More of Nicki's work



Lillian and Jean using a twig to add bleach
over painted papers covered in Quink ink

 Today has been a very productive one. The majority of us made a lot of waxed papers containing trapped papers, threads, lace and organza. Pat, Elaine and Joy managed to machine stitch with great results. I cannot wait to see the finished results. Here are some of the pieces produced today with paper, acrylic paint, drawing inks, tissue paper, bleach, Quink ink and heated wax














Well done ladies for a successful relaxing Artistic day. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Most importantly, our thanks to Nicki for imparting her expertise and making the day so rewarding


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Ruth Issett

Before the lecture began we displayed
our wonderful Alphabet Sketch Books


They are all simply stunning and are the first page of our sketch books - 25 letters to go
After telling everyone to bring their books, I forgot mine so here is my 'A' for Acanthus


Today we were delighted to welcome an old friend back to Wolverhampton, Ruth Issett

Ruth's background is in Art and attended Birmingham Art College studying a degree in Textiles/Embroidery
Ruth's "A Passion for Colour" is her new book. Her books are written from the questions people have asked Ruth when she has been demonstrating at the shows for Art Van Go
This block print is on different surfaces of paper (above)

Exhibiting at the Knitting and Stitching Show. The panels above, were for people to engage with. Printed sections and then stitched into. A lot of machining strips together. The idea came from Ruth's sketch books of images laid over one another

Cotton organdie - each piece is a reminder of many journeys in the UK and abroad
Ruth loves to play with colour.
Ruth belongs to the Textile Study Group 
Based on the drawings made of the ploughed fields near to Ruth's beautiful home in Craven Arms

Papers, threads and fabrics call all be dyed and will all take the dye differently
Here is Ruth with a scarf made of the pieces from her dyeing viscose satin which takes the dye beautifully
By dyeing various fabrics, you can see how they all take the dye differently
The beauty of baskets on one of Ruth's holidays
A Print block - a lot of the print is a negative, printed from the roller
"Foliage" close-up showing cutting back to reveal layers of fabrics and colours beneath
Floral Paper Collage using torn papers including tissue paper
Developed into this piece using fabric cotton organdie, silk organza, silk georgette and silk chiffon. Building up layers for richness of transparency and translucency

Cretan stitch which was all stitched in white and then painted over. The colours change, depending upon the type of thread
Ruth working with Bobby Britnell

As Bobby uses a lot of black in her work, Ruth added black to her vibrant colours
Using bleach

Close -ups of Ruth's work  - feast your eyes

One of Ruth's sumptuous scarves modelled by Lillian
Thank you Ruth for a lovely afternoon and helping us to value the understanding of colour - to be careful when mixing colour and taking into account the fabric or paper you are painting/printing/dyeing