I was really excited about doing a remote ‘workshop’ with Sutton Coldfield Creative Stitchers. Usual weekend workshops would include raiding the sewing room of resources to pile into the car to unpack at the other end and hope, with fingers crossed, that you had all of the necessary equipment for a day of creativity.
‘A day of creativity’ can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, a whole day to be absorbed in fabric, stitch, print and to engage with so many like-minded, passionate, inspiring people is an absolute dream. On the other hand, the pressure to feel the need to produce your ‘best work’ or explore new techniques during the day can somehow squash the creativity and opportunity or permission to simply have a go!
Nicky Barfoot, an art and knitwear designer, provided a PDF with video mini tutorials to ‘build your confidence and broaden your horizons’ through a ‘Stitched Selfie Workshop’ with a virtual follow up meeting via Zoom. Exploring techniques and design this way provided the step-by-step scaffold to work through at your own pace, at home, with all of the resources needed at hand. The videos brought to life the text and provided a real insight into the design and creative process.
So, here we go…
The first obstacle to overcome was to take a selfie, not something that I am comfortable doing, but in the confines of your own home and with the benefit of filters and technology, an acceptable image can be ‘created’. I then traced a simplified drawing of the image onto tracing film.
And therefore, so much more than a days’ workshop. An exploration of techniques, creativity, ideas and a personal reflection through a stitched selfie workshop.