Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Speaker for October

Our speaker for October is Angie Hughes with her talk entitled "Materials and Technics"

Angie is a textile artist and tutor, who lives and works in Ledbury, Herefordshire. She has been interested in textiles since she left school although only discovered creative embroidery in 1994 when she began studying City & Guilds at Malvern Hills College. While a student she won the prestigious Charles Henry Foyle Trust Award for Stitched Textiles with her piece 'Unfolding Word' and had 'Shroud' accepted for Art of the Stitch. She carried on her studies at Gloscat with Liz Harding after which she discovered a talent for teaching. 

Her artwork is inspired by many themes but particularly poetry or text and the natural world, particularly plant forms. 

Angie has recently enjoyed developing work that focuses on gardens that were once tamed but struggle and often succeed in becoming wild. She enjoys the juxtaposition of randomly ‘placed’ plants alongside the order the gardener tries to contain. Imagining these gardens in shadowy moonlit illumination, her colours have become almost monochromatic, silvers and blacks and those hard to name colours when light has faded. From drawings and photography Angie has developed her visual ideas through embroidery inventing simplified botanical forms. This recent work has seen her explore discharged and painted velvets, use heat transferred foils and layered organza which becomes intensely machine embroidered.

Examples of her work



We would like to thank Jackie Durber for stepping in as our speaker last month as Lucy Harding was unable to attend.








Monday, 4 September 2017

Viv's Workshop

Viv Denscombe's workshop is on the 9th December 2017 entitled "Folded Book with Painted Pages".

This project is machine and hand stitched.


Inside
 Inside
Ouside

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Speaker for September

The speaker for September is Lucy Harding with her talk entitled "Milkman's Daughter to Textile Artist"

She is a graduate of a Contemporary Crafts BA Hons course at Manchester Metropolitan University. specialising in Ceramics and Textiles.  

Don't forget there is a workshop with Angie Hughes "Exploring Velvet" on the 5th October 2017. Contact Pat Screaton if you are interested.  Details on the workshop page.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Stitchgirls

Heya, Big Thank-You to all who supported us today - we managed it without melting AND knitted quite a few 'sweets' as we walked.  We didn't break any records (or drop any needles!) but think we have raised quite a bit of dosh.... there is still time to make a donation if you wish or, come to The Big Textile Show in Oadby  https://thebigtextileshow.co.uk/ and buy raffle tickets to win our fab prizes - all our proceeds to Cancer Research.  

 AND a HUGE thank-you to all the Stitchgirls of 2017!! xx



July Meeting



At  our July meeting Katie Chaplin from Japan Crafts treated us to a very informative talk on Japanese Textiles. Details of their construction especially weaving and dying  techniques were carefully explained.
Numerous examples of weaves and richly decorated fabrics were handed round as the talk progressed. We were amazed at their detail and fine threads.
Katie is a regular visitor to Japan and was able to relate fabrics to their origins as well as present day use. Beautiful Japanese fabrics and kits were available to tempt us to buy.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting in September.













Wednesday, 21 June 2017

July Speaker

On Wednesday 5th July we Katie Chaplin from Japan Crafts located in Yorkshire.  Her Talk is "Traditional Japanese Textiles".  She will also be bringing some items for sale from her Japan Craft shop.  There will be a workshop on Thursday morning details in the post on the 6th June.



Katie is a textile artist specialising in Japanese arts, crafts and culture. Her paintings on silk are in the style of Japanese woodblock prints, but with a unique, modern twist. She also produces jewellery using vintage and modern kimono fabrics to a traditional Japanese design, and her hand dyed silk scarves are always popular.
Her business, Japan Crafts, is a source of authentic papers, fabrics, glues etc and she has also produced a range of craft kits with easy to follow instructions in English.
She regularly give talks and workshops throughout the UK to groups such as WIs, Embroiderers' Guilds, Luncheon Clubs and art groups; these are a perfect opportunity to learn something new about another culture.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

June Meeting

The speaker at our June meeting struck a chord with the audience with her talk entitled "How I got Here".

Carolyn Forster used many of her quilts to illustrate her "quilting journey".  Like many of us, her love of sewing developed from childhood stitching.  She explained the development of her own methods with the help of humerously described examples on her early quilts. 

Carolyn was approachable, practical and entertaining.


She moved on to her textile training, teaching and writing books and was particularly enthusiastic about Utility/Big Stitch quilting - her books are well worth a look.


It was good to hear that she makes what she enjoys, not producing work for sale or competition.  Surely this rings true with many of us as well!

Kathy Frances