Monday, 20 July 2015

Summer Stratum III

Janet Valentine   Summer Stratum III (part) 
Janet Valentine has been working on a wonderfully colourful series of Textile Wallhangings which she has called 'Summer Stratum'
Janet says:
"Using the same base techniques (screen printing and applique) as previously but incorporating hand stitching to add detail and beads to add interest, I have now finished Summer Stratum III.
I feel sometimes it's worth working as a series to get all those ideas for that design out there and then be able to move on leaving no stone unturned or any 'unfinished business'. 
Done and dusted!"

Summer Stratum III (detail)
Summer Stratum (close-up)

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Is it a quilt?

The Out Of The Fold exhibition in October 2015 will show 'The Journey Unfolds' gallery seen in 2014 at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate. In addition there will be a series of new work where each member of the group is taking the idea of a traditional quilt block and interpreting it in their own style.

This is particularly challenging for Caroline Brown as she has no quilting background having trained as an embroiderer. Caroline has tackled this with her usual creative flair and is working on a series of free-form quilted tiles, based on monoprinted designs and heavily stitched. Here is a glimpse of just some of her work in progress - it promises to be a stunning and imaginative piece of textile art.

Caroline Brown - 4 of the quilted tiles which will form part of the installation

Caroline Brown (detail)
If you would like to see Caroline's work in full plus lots more textile art by members of Out Of The Fold then come along to the exhibition:

Saturday 24th October - Saturday 31st October 2015 

10.00 - 4.00 (closed Sunday and Monday)

Workwise Cavern 4

Whiting Street

Bury St Edmunds 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Amanda Hislop workshop

 We recently invited textile artist Amanda Hislop to Out Of The Fold to give us a 2 day workshop using her Layered Landscapes technique.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Amanda had us layering up muslin with various pieces of paper and glueing onto the background with cellulose paste. This was a new technique for most of us and we were well out of our comfort zones.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             After allowing it to dry we added colour with dyes and paint.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       More drying time and then stitch started to be added by machine.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Some interesting backgrounds were created
 Some of the coloured backgrounds waiting for stitch
Some were pale
Some more colourful

And then hand stitching.                                                                                                                                                                              This was quite a challenging workshop and not everyone enjoyed the process or produced a piece of work they liked. But watch out for some of these samples worked up into finished pieces with lots more stitch and individual interpretation.