Textile Study Group Summer School – Lorna Rand

At the end of July I was lucky enough to be able to attend this year’s TSG summer school in Grantham – the tutor I chose was Jean Draper and the title of the workshop was “Stitching Lines – Leaving Spaces”.
“Line, in all its varieties, whether drawn, painted or stitched, is a very important element in design, giving us the ability to create a wide range of effects. Of equal significance are the spaces left between lines – the negative shapes – which add strength and cohesion to our designs.”

On the first day Jean gave a talk about lines and spaces and gave each student a notebook, which we were encouraged to use, a small wire wrapped shape and a piece of foam board.  We were asked to fill the space within the wire shape with bars, weaving and wrapping etc.

The piece of foam board had pins inserted around the edges around which we wrapped threads which were knotted together to form a net which could be filled or layered with more pieces or used for weaving and filling in other ways.  Jean showed us some of her wonderful examples.

On the second day we covered sheets of paper with charcoal which was then erased with a putty rubber to draw one of the objects we had taken with us – I used a shell.  The patterns on the shell were fantastic, I am not sure that my interpretation did them justice.

The charcoal was followed by pen and wash drawings, being instructed to use just pen and wash and not to draw with pencil first. I found this quite difficult, I think I would need a lot more practice to be successful with this method.

We then did exercises using cut paper to encourage us to look at lines and spaces in between, learning to look at the size of the spaces as well as the lines.

Using the work we had done we experimented with the cut work and ink drawings.

Finally, we worked on our own ideas which has given me some great inspiration to use on work which I am doing at home, ideas which I will certainly use.  A very interesting few days so many thanks to TSG and Jean Draper.

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