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