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Monday, 10 July 2017

SHIBORI TEXTURES

The recent SHIBORI TEXTURES workshops have been a great success!
Thanks to everyone who came along, well-prepared with piles of wonderful 
pre-felts AND lots of energy & enthusiasm to experiment with
all the different techniques and possibilities…

As explained in previous posts the SHIBORI stages involve folding, pleating, stitching 
and binding lots of different shapes and textures into the pre-felts. 
This could include buttons, beads and felt balls which all give different effects...

Here are some photos from the workshops of pre-felts, 
prepared and ready for further felting…


And here are some of the results after felting...


Lots of amazing felted textures,and organic shapes
  -  some quite random and unexpected - 
all extremely unique!

When these techniques are applied to pieces of feltwork, 
whether a flat 2-D picture or a 3-D vessel, they create textures and provide an
 extra dimension that can be further embellished 
with stitching and beading..

At the end of the workshops everyone went home with lots of 
wonderful samples
and plenty of ideas for future projects...

And so did I...!    






Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Summer SHIBORI workshops...

Having taking time away from felt making to prepare for my exhibition 
in April things are slowly getting back to normal again… 
A very big THANK YOU to everyone who came along to Quarr Abbey.
It was wonderful to have so many visitors - lots of friends & holiday makers. 
Don’t worry if you were unable to make it, there is another chance to see 
the exhibition in July and there’s more photos + info at 
www.strictlycommercial.info

Now it’s back to feltmaking with two SHIBORI workshops coming up this summer. 
There was a great response to the first workshop in March so I’ve arranged two 
new dates and there’s more details if you follow the link at the end of this post.


SHIBORI is a Japanese term used to describe the various techniques 
of knotting and binding cloth before dyeing, which results in wonderful
patterns and effects. 
3-D textures can also be created by twisting, folding, gathering 
and stitching into the fabric.


If SHIBORI techniques are applied to felt making at the pre-felt stage, 
then you continue to felt the material, the shaping remains 
permanent giving some unexpected results!


It adds another dimension to feltwork.  
Areas of texture can be introduced into flat felted pictures 
and 3-D work.enhancing and emphasising detail,
 which can be worked further with stitches and beads. 



The folds, ridges, bumps and pointy tendrils create some 
wonderful organic shapes!



The SHIBORI workshops are aimed at feltmakers with some experience and 
offer a chance to spend a day experimenting with these unusual techniques.
No pressure to achieve a finished piece, just trying out different fibres and effects,
felting lots of samples and enjoying the day with like-minded people… 

 I’m suggesting everyone comes along well-prepared with plenty of pre-felts so 
we can start immediately with the shibori stages. I will be demonstrating and
bringing along plenty of examples as you can see here…
  

And there are more details of the new workshop dates 
at Seely Hall in Brook if you follow this link...



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

NOW for something completely different!



The felting workshops are over for a while and I'm busy preparing for my first 
solo exhibition to be held at Quarr Abbey Art Gallery, near Ryde on the
 Isle of Wight, just after Easter.

The exhibition is called STRICTLY COMMERCIAL and features illustrations, 
collage and craftwork from my published books... 
So not a piece of felt in sight!

I worked in children's publishing for over 30 years, free-lancing as an illustrator 
and writer, and worked on many publications - non-fiction and fiction, craft books, 
pop-ups, puzzles, magazines. There will be lots of original artwork on show 
and for sale, plus recently published books and cards. 

The exhibition is from Thursday 20th to Tuesday 25th April, open daily from 
10.30 am to 4.30pm with FREE admission and I will be at the gallery everyday. 
There's another chance to see it again in the summer from the 
27th July to 1st August.

I've held a number of feltmaking workshops at Quarr Abbey. 
It's an amazing place to visit with wonderful buildings and gardens, 
that create a unique peaceful atmosphere. 
I'm thrilled to be holding the exhibition at this very special place. 


There's lots more pictures and information on my other blog...


And normal felt making will resume after the show when I'll be posting 
up new workshop dates for June & July...








Sunday, 22 January 2017

2017 WORKSHOPS + SHIBORI TEXTURES...

The start of a new year and a new season of FELTED GARDEN workshops ahead....Including some exciting NEW topics which I hope will inspire both seasoned feltmakers and those of you keen to learn a new craft! 

Last year I came across a brilliant little book FILZ EXPERIMENT, written by a German couple, which really excited me and got me thinking about experimenting with shape and texture in my work. By using simple 'shibori' techniques - gathering, stitching and binding - before the final stages of felting you can coax the felt into amazing contortions... And once felted in they remain permanent, giving some totally unexpected results!!


It literally opens up another dimension to feltwork. Areas of texture can be introduced into flat felted pictures—possibly enhancing a foreground or emphasising details which can be worked further with stitches and beads…

In 3-D work patches of texture on vessels and bags add so much interest and are also reversible—giving a different effect to either side — convex one way, concave the other! The folds, ridges, bumps and pointy tendrils create some wonderful organic shapes.


The SHIBORI TEXTURES workshop on Saturday 18th March is a chance for everyone to spend a day experimenting with these unusual  techniques, sharing ideas and results. It’s aimed at felt makers with some experience and I’m suggesting everyone comes along well-prepared with plenty of pre-felts so we can start immediately with the shibori stages, make the most of the time and go home armed with lots of amazing samples and inspiration!

Sometimes it’s good to take a day out and allow yourself time to play and experiment with something new. No pressure to achieve a finished piece, just trying out different materials and effects and enjoying the day with like-minded people… It should be fun!

I'd really like to thank Annette Quentin-Stoll & Robert Quentin the authors of 
FILZ EXPERIMENT for sharing their work in this inspiring book. Although the text is in German, which I don't read, the brilliant photography is self-explanatory 
and speaks wonders!  


There are more details about all the new workshop dates coming up in March 
at Seely Hall, Brook Village, IOW if you follow this link...

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