Thursday, 6 June 2019

Annie Bowden lecture

  Talented local print maker Annie Bowden came to us on Saturday and what a delight it was!

Her enthusiasm and passion for printing as well as her expertise just shone through.  She says she gets an adrenaline rush from printing because you dont know until you pull the print if it has worked. 

She talked us through the four main types of printing (relief, intaglio, lithography and screen printing)  and her materials (printing plates from cardboard boxes, plastic packaging, wall paper, woodwork adhesive [waterproof], charbonelle ink and printing paper).   Her exhibition at Chase Water starts shortly and it is definately worth checking it out.

Annies very large prints that were printed by walking on them!

just one page from her degree book
  Lots of fabulous work on show in her sketchbooks (Annie thought these weren't very good but I disagreed)

interesting textures
 Her early prints were highly detailed and representational

 Some had colour added after printing
 Annie preparing a collograph plate for us using some "sourced" wallpaper from a DIY store,
 Her more recent work is becoming more natural and free.
including printing a daffodil

 More botanical prints

 Some prints made into a little book after a book making lesson at Connect In Threads (taught by yours truly)

another large print
 Annie also makes quilts. (She said she hasnt yet worked out how to combine print and stitch). This is her quilt making a positive statement about some of the awful things that happened in 2016.
 The final print from the plate made on the day

 It was a fascinating and entertaining lecture and I could have added lots more photos here but this gives you a flavour of the beautiful work we saw. Thank you Annie for a great afternoon - definately someone to invite back as we just ran out of time to see it all.


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Margaret Beale workshop

The May workshop was with the lovely Margaret Beale.  She is rightly very well known for her fabulous work with a soldering iron and we were lucky to have the benefit of all those years of experience.   After a quick introduction she went straight into demonstration.

 using a flowerpot as a stand to protect the soldering iron. Using black felt as a background to this piece.
How to use to make patchwork.
 Soon we were all busy soldering. Looks like a production line here!
 Smiles all round - working hard but having fun too
 a sample of the gorgeous buttons Margaret had made
 Some fancy cutting work using metal rulers
 Mandy and Gail hard at work

 Some book cover samples

 A really great day. Thanks to Margaret for being so generous in sharing her time and expertise.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Deborah Collum

Saturday saw us gathering to listen to Deborah talk about her art journey.

She wasn't inspired by textiles in school (most of us remember Binca!) 

Nice to know not everyone has an immaculate studio

Annie Albers exhibition was a great inspiration.

 It says something about art v textiles that we know next to nothing about who made the clothes in this portrait apart from the fact they were men.
 As Deborah pointed out women were normally busy running households and doing essentials like repairs to clothes, which can be beautiful in themselves
 Some of Deborahs early forays into art - collage paper pieces
 then simple stitch added
 She has four main strands to her work now - landscapes (hard to get the perspective right)

 Houses - especially those that have been abandoned. Objects can tell a story

 Characters (some of these were thoughtful and some just plain sad)

 Miss Haversham
 a installation about "home"
 some pieces of work Deborah had out on display for us to look at

 Fabulous sketchbook work

 Pieces based on "strips"

 The latest piece, only just finished.

Deborah said she has a compulsion to make and she loves textiles because they are portable, forgiving and with endless possibilities. I think all of us in the Guild can relate to that.
Thank you Deborah for a very entertaining lecture.