Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Amazonka  - Cary Outis is about the 2nd most interesting site you'll ever view. After mine.

Transform a T-shirt

Some pictures from "Transform a T-shirt" - Screenprint workshop at Melbourn Village College run by stART.  Young people chose shirts from a pile of jumble and screen printed them. We had a lot of fun and a great way to give new life to an old shirt!

Hand Dyed silk - Betty

Nuno Felted scarf on hand dyed silk chiffon - Gill
Hand dyed cotton & wool then felted - Betty
Sideways view of Phillip's silk scarf Inkus

Carol's Wizard of Oz scarf

Diana's scarf - detail

And what it looks like on!

Gill - hand dyed fleece, using acid dyes

Phillip's ever shrinking scarf

Jane - nuno - twice felted - definately worth the extra effort!

And Karen's nuno with soft edging.

Fantabulous work done by adult learners on the 5 week Dyeing to Felt course which finished today at Cottenham Village College CVC. I only wish I'd taken more photos!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Devore Day!!!!

Ah devore - the process of burning away certain fibres in order to reveal the fabric below, creating subtle and beautiful effects.

This is a very exciting workshop where you will make a scarf by screen printing onto velvet with devore paste, then dye it using both procion and acid dyes. Take note though that materials will be quite expensive for this workshop but you will learn lots of skills in a single session and with christmas coming up it would make a very special handmade present for someone.

At Cottenham Village College CVC Workshops on 19 Nov 2011 from 10am - 4pm - Cost £30 + materials. Contact CVC and ask for a full pamphlet with more details.

Isleham School curtains

I thought it's time I uploaded some pics of some recent school & community arts projects.  These are images from a project I worked on with Isleham School.  The school wanted some curtains to cover open storage areas in the classrooms. The class had been working on a Fenland theme  and we used this as our starting point. Each curtain had a different focus - traditional tools and implements, wildlife on land, and wildlife under water. The class did a good amount of preparatory work befor I came in - looking at museum artefacts, nature and doing sketches. On the day, they drew their images up to the correct size. We looked at how we could simplify drawings and the children ( 10 & 11 yr olds) cut out their pictures and screen printed them on the curtains.

I was really impressed with the standard of work!  Well done to all who took part - young people, teachers- the wonderful Mrs Chapman and TA's   Isleham school