Saturday, 20 October 2018

drawing with Bobby Brtitnell

A brilliant day was had by all in this this drawing workshop with Bobby Britnall. We started with charcoal and mark making using  rubbers, paper towel, stanley knives and white chalk which was a great warm up exercise. Some well worth framing!

We then did an exercise where we drew what we could see in the room then moved around and drew on other people's pieces. We were left with wonderful abstract line pieces and instructed to choose one colour and move around the room again adding one colour to other people's work. Eventually we sat with our own pieces and made some sense of them. The outcomes were wonderful as can be seen. We eventually cut some strips off the edge and played with them. some brilliant inspiration for further textile work.

We then had a huge laugh drawing each other without looking at the paper, with our opposite dominant hand , drawing happy, cross and surprised then using different combinations of colours including analogous, primary and complementary to complete them. Again some great ideas for textiles.

What a brilliant day. We had such a laugh. Many many thanks to Bobby for a great workshop. 

Saturday, 13 October 2018

May Morris

Before our lecture today, we chose the winner of the Chair's challenge
Congratulations Jean B. for your winning nurse figure
Other entries...

This was followed by a display from our newly formed Jets group

Our lecture today from Hannah who is based at Wightwick Manor about May Morris the daughter of William and Jane Morris
May was an avid socialist and founder of the Women's Guild of Art
"Honeysuckle" embroidery which sold for approximately £50,000 by Jane who embroidered but didn't design.
Jane taught her daughters to embroider. Here is the bed of William Morris designed by May. The knot pattern is indicative of May.
May with her husband Henry Spalding and on the right George Bernard Shaw (described as the love of May's life)

May taught at the Birmingham school of Art.
"Decorative Needlework" by May. Her design was also for jewellery in the Arts and Craft style which was very different from the contemporary art of the time 
May died 1938 and is buried with her father William Morris.