Weekend of workshops.

Fabulous couple of days working with positive and enthusiastic people making a monstrous amount of mess and enjoying it! Could not have been better!

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Concentrating so hard! I did let them out for good behaviour, honest!

The first workshop was really a bit of a ‘do your own thing’ event with as much guidance and advice from me as required.  The tasks ran from Wendy wanting to follow Richard Box’s techniques to produce an image from  her own photo, to experimenting with a mixed media approach of combining freehand machining, paint and staining, with some very brutal applique techniques.. As it was Ladies’  Final Day at Wimbledon we just had to have strawberries.  P1040972 P1040974 P1040975

And Sunday, different venue and different people, same level of engagement and enjoyment.  This was a more structured tutorial of a ‘chop it, stick it, stitch it.’ landscape. We experimented with various methods and  different fabrics. Some were completely new to freehand work  but leapt bravely in at the deep end  – impossible to tell who they were from the outcomes!

So much was achieved  it is hard to believe these ladies have only just begun to explore this kind of work. Well done to all.  Thanks to all for coming and to the ladies who organised and hosted on Sunday.

Bethany 12 07 15 emma 12 07 15 And as for the future – following requests made, the Viking Loom will be holding  an informal ‘club’ dedicated to this style of work (hosted by me) , one afternoon a month. Should be a great opportunity to come along  to get started  with samples and experiments, asking  all of those  awkward questions, or to expand and extend techniques  working on your own outcomes. Could become an exciting place to be!  Email or phone the shop  to express interest and the details will be on their website as soon as they are finalised.- (01904 620587)

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Don’t forget I am making an appearance at the Blossom Street Gallery this Sunday 19th July, 10 -3pm in their ‘Meet the Artist’ event. I will be there cowering in the corner, hiding behind my machine,  hoping that I know the answers to any questions and don’t blush too beetroot! There has to be easier ways of getting tea and cake. Will try to behave.

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