It was such a delight to welcome textile artist, Clive Barnett, as our very first guest tutor to the new studio.
Throughout the two-day workshop Clive encouraged us to experiment and explore our own style of 'mark making'. The first day was spent printing with a discharge medium - who knew Finish dishwasher liquid could do that!
We used a variety of techniques including masking tape resists,
freezer paper stencils with a screen
and monoprinting with acrylic sheets.
We were hooked - and very busy!
We needed to dry and iron the fabric before washing and ironing again to reveal our designs.
Clive is a very warm and generous teacher and
was always on hand to offer advice and inspiration when needed
and when I found him ironing my samples I even asked him to come home with me!
No InStitches Textile Adventure is complete without lunch
and the studio has plenty of space for us to all sit down together. But as much as we'd like to go with Clive's suggestion of a small glass of wine to accompany lunch, we do need to have a productive afternoon!
I think we managed that - judging by all the fabric flapping gently in the breeze!
It was inspirational hearing about and seeing Clive's own work. There was such a lot of stitched mark making ideas for us to try out.
These are a selection of Clive's pieces
and I'm hoping the students will send us images of their work once it is completed.
I used a leaf cut out on a couple of pieces, so I definitely want to try this stitch idea out on it.
If you fancy a creative day out why not take as look at our web site and see what is coming us soon? We would love to welcome you to our new creative space!