Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Stitch doodling - taking a stitch for a walk

 Saturday saw the talented Kathleen Murphy, from Murgatroyd and Bean, showing us how to take a stitch for a walk. She bought a few examples of her work to show us.

Kathleen started the day with a short presentation, telling us about the textile artists who currently inspire her work

and showing us examples of the work they produce (more links on her website)
Then she showed us about the vintage linen cloths she uses to produce her work on and some examples of vintage embroidery, and the types of stitches used on them to great effect
Having explained to us about stitch families (groups of stitches that are similar to each other) Kathleen told us a story and we stitched the story into the linen on our hoops. 

After lunch we moved on to stitch sums - combining one or more stitches to make new combinations. we also looked at ways of setting out our work and stitching over appliqued fabric.

The day just flew past and all too soon it was time to pack up. We had a great day and some fabulous work was produced.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Louise West "Cotton, Concrete and Beyond"

Today we welcomed Louise West who began with a question.
We looked at the work of lace makers,

 Here the wing has been added later and using stab stitch it gives a three-dimensional effect.
Harry Armstrong designs. He traded under the name of Mrs Armstrong - 1911
Louise followed a City and Guild's course in 2006 then a BA which was a year of weaving, printmaking and machine knitting. 

Whilst studying she was asked to design a lace pattern which was to be made into 11 ton concrete panels around a building. 
 Here is the finished design which had been digitally reversed to get the reflected design which Louise had originally worked in hand made lace
 We can see the heavy columns of concrete being hoisted into position.
93 concrete panels were fitted with the lace design 

 So, what is lace? Spades by Cal Lane
Contemporary lace
 Wire lace by Lauren Sundin
 Nora Fok's intricate work
 The work of a Belgian artist. Life size JCB - lazer cut lace patterns.
Louise followed an MA course looking at 5 petal historical flowers

Louise used 2oz polyester wadding and compressed it under textured weight and heat to flatten it and then curl it with hair curling tongues.

         Work in progress around a column
 Restoration work completed by Louise at a National Trust property Kedleston Hall.
 Here is Louise (before the hair cut) receiving the Heritage Crafts Association Award, nominated by her students and finishing third as Trainer of the year.
... Louise after the hair cut.
A commission for the Danish Royal family wedding anniversary. "Daisies" 15" placemats.
 Each lace designer commissioned received a very limited edition of a book depicting all of the commissioned pieces from around the world
So...what is lace?