We spent a lovely Saturday, painting strips of fabric in the morning, then, in the afternoon, Emily taught us how to use our lovely fabrics to build a textile wall-hanging, which we then embroidered into.
Claire gave a lively, entertaining talk about her career as a hat maker and machine embroiderer. Her hats and fascinators were amazingly creative and left us all extremely inspired.
Jenny O'Leary gave a wonderful workshop on Saturday, showing us how to batik on tissue paper.
The day of fun and adventure with wax & dyes followed an amazingly inspirational talk on Thursday 5th October.
Jenny is a helpful, encouraging & generous tutor, and as you can see, with her guidance, we all produced some amazing work.
Lynda gave a truly inspirational talk last night. She even taught us to make the most delightful little pocket-fold books!
Lynda passed many samples of her work around the group, enabling us all to see her amazing textile work and experiments close up! Her wonderful techniques and exciting use of materials left us itching to 'have a go', and happily, she had generously prepared samples for all of us to dabble at the end of the evening.
It was a delight to spend the evening with Emily Notman.
Emily told us how her style of work had developed at University through working in Ceramics, Textiles and Fine Art, to developing her very own voice in mixed media.
She described her love of stitch with passion and enthusiasm, and although her approach is fearless, with unconventional methods of dyeing and colouring fabrics, her finished work (although she claims a piece of work is never finished!) is beautifully subtle and ethereal.
Friday's workshop with Jan Beaney was eagerly awaited, well attended, and thoroughly enjoyed by all!
At our March meeting we were visited by the illustrious, Jan Beaney. We spent a lovely evening with her as she showed slides of her work, explaining how her travels inspire themes and bodies of work, starting from sketchbook and evolving into beautiful embroideries using many layers of both hand and machine stitch.
She bought along a few of her amazing sketchbooks and lovely samples that she works before embarking upon a larger project.
" My Creative Journey" talk at Sutton Coldfield was received really well. I am so pleased that the lovely ladies from the group enjoyed it. I received so many positive comments about my talk and work.
Thank you so much for your lovely words, warm reception and support. I am so touched!
This is what Marian wrote about my talk: "Raya delivered an articulate, passionate and enthusiastic presentation which greatly impressed her audience.
It was a pleasure to learn of her journey from childhood, the inspiration from her mother and her graduation from St Petersburg University in Fine Arts and Watercolour, eventually discovering wool and adapting her knowledge to experiment and discover its possibilities.
The exhibition of her work was varied, colourful and her garments and headgear were unique in style and fashion worthy of inclusion in Vogue fashion magazine.
The ladies were inspired and greatly look forward to her workshop to discover the wonders of wool for themselves."
Your words have give me the inspiration to continue doing what I love doing.
Magic Wool Studio
What an excellent workshop, led by Fiona Metcalfe from Leamington Spa!
Members had a super day experimenting with different printing techniques and many expressed an interest in inviting Fiona again in the future, to develop their work and try additional techniques.