|The rather splendid venue was Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham, Lincs. Very imposing on our arrival and even more impressive at nightime, all lit up.
We were asked to bring a small collection of natural objects to work from either
shells/coral/barnacles or seeds/pods/cones, mine are pictured above.
The first evening was spent with loosening up drawing exersizes, working big and with the
wrong, in my case, left hand. making interesting marks from our chosen objects.
|We then went on to some relaxing stitching, working with our ‘favourite’ stitch and trying to exagerate it’s qualities – open/closed, stretched, thick/thin, big/small, high/low.
|The following day we made large drawings from the marks on our subject matter
|We then went on to make similar marks on the long rolls of emulsion painted fabric that
|Kay had prepared for us
|We continued to stitch on the fabric using the stitches we had familiarised ourselves with earlier. Both the marks and the stitches are an expressive interpretation of the source material.