Monday, 28 September 2015

Workshop Michala Gyetvai

Welcome Michala
The day began with an introduction to a little Art history of Landscape painting
 There were examples of many artists...such as the abstract landscapes of Turner and Impressionistic landscapes of Monet
 Michala demonstrated the technique of using a hand embroidery thread on a machine bobbin to give depth of texture
 We couldn't wait to start
Some of us chose to work in sketch books before embarking on the fabric work ... Mandy and Jude
Joy started to felt the fibres directly onto the piece of blanket

 Dina worked from her photograph and sketch
 Alison working on her second piece
 Pat is having fun with her Out of Africa piece
 Africa with the setting sun
Pat's African sunset

Carole's Monet
First layer of the 'cake'

Mandy chatting with Michala over Michala's new book
Debbie can be seen working from her sketch of bare trees
Denise made this stunning piece using silk and woollen fibres directly onto a piece of blanket
 Jude worked from her watercolour painting of a section in a wall - still lots to do
Joy began to embellish with hand embroidery
 Debbie also used hand embroidery to embellish her trees

Machine embroidery embellishment by Elise

Denise working on her machine embroidery embellishment

Mandy's work

Dina's work

Alison's atmospheric landscape

Carole's Monet garden

Pat's African sunset
Ruth's work

 At the end of the day we put our work in progress on display
Aren't they beautiful?











Well done ladies

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Lecture - Michala Gyetvai - Seas of Grass, Textiles & Paintings

Busy day today
We arrived eagerly in anticipation of the lecture. A 'new year' and subs to pay...workshops to book...
The ABC travelling sketchbooks were displayed to everyone's delight ~ please see the separate tab to view the wonderful pages of these fantastic books.
Here is Margaret McQuillen's felt case for her book
Before the lecture began there was just enough time left to view the work from the last workshop - "Indigo Dying"
A full room!
Welcome Michaela
The talk was about Michala's life, growing up in a small hamlet, playing in the landscape of trees and fields, making something from nothing

Michala is obsessed with thread and has collected it since she was 6 years old. Her need to engage with fabric can be seen in this large hanging - like a comfort blanket or as Michala described it, like "rocking a child." Michala's emotional connection with the Arts, music and poetry was very evident

"Homage to Matisse"
"First Day of Summer" on canvas
"Sea of Grass" which was hung at the Herbert gallery 
Michala's stunning sketch books worked in pastels
Pastel drawing
A visit to India has changed Michala's outlook on using colour. The colours were punchy and intoxicating
This is a print of the textile piece that changed Michala's life. This landscape won the Coventry Open Exhibition, where part of the prize was to have her own exhibition 18 months later
Here are a few lovely examples of Michala's brooches

This is  a drawing for Michala's piece which was part of the recent exhibition at Bilston Craft Gallery. One of her many drawings of the sea
Michala now combines her own fibres by carding and spinning them into yarn. The fibres are 'thrown' onto Dylon dyed blankets and embellished by hand or with an embellisher before machining with a Bernina 1008 or hand embroidering
Thank you Michala - we are really looking forward to the workshop