Yesterday, as a representative of EAST, I gave a workshop at the Landmark Gallery called “Lines of Communication” which was based on techniques used in some of the pieces in our exhibition. The Landmark has a lovely studio upstairs where we had nine students who had booked to do the workshop.
June (who was my excellent driver and gofer for the day) set off from home to pick me up at 7 o’clock and we arrived at the Landmark before opening so we nipped down the road for coffee before setting to with unloading and setting up.
We started the day loosening up with printing using print blocks that I had either made or had been purchased or lent and also I had taken along such things as a set of French polishers combs, a fork, a bit of old hose and an umbrella handle to see what interesting marks could be made on paper and fabric. After this we did some scrunching and distressing of papers and I also took along some samples for students to use which they would not have time to do that day.
After lunch and after clearing up the messy bit, we selected and deselected pieces, layered them up and arranged. I then demonstrated how to add stitched text to the pieces either directly or on silk organza that could then be overlaid. Students also made envelopes from fabric – I had prepared several templates of different shapes in different sizes. I had taken along an old tablecloth that could be used for this – some students made their envelopes from shear fabrics so that the contents could be seen.
Below are a few photographs of the results.