WORKSHOPS

 

THE ART OF CONTEMPORARY STITCH:

 

FIBRE ARTS AUSTRALIA @ BALLARAT 30 MARCH - 6 APRIL 2016

http://fibrearts.jigsy.com/fibre-arts-ballarat-april-2016

FIBRE ARTS NEW ZEALAND @WHANGANUI 17 APRIL - 23 APRIL 2016

http://www.fibreartsnz.com

 

Explore the possibilities of hand stitching as a contemporary art form.

Taking an experimental approach this hand stitching workshop will focus on sources of inspiration and the use of mark making as a design tool for contemporary hand stitched textiles, working with a variety of both traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques.

Beginning with a presentation of both traditional and contemporary textile works we will discover a variety of approaches to hand stitching.Various techniques and materials begin to suggest themselves the more broadly we think.

Experimenting with a variety of drawing tools and simple techniques participants will discover the vast possibilities of mark making as a design tool whilst learning how to interpret these into compelling contemporary hand stitched works, we will also explore and create grounds on which to stitch, expand on traditional hand stitching methods, opening up many new and exciting possibilities, producing a range of stitch trials before being guided on a personal project reflecting your own creative expression.

Activities are designed to encourage participants to be experimental in their approach, developing the confidence to take risks with their ideas and nurture their own artistic voice with a strong focus on personal expression and creativity while responding to participants’ own sampling and interests.

This workshop offers possibilities for all levels of creative practice with opportunities for individual exploration, alongside supportive mentoring and shared inspiration.

Be inspired on a journey of discovery.

 

The following workshops, can be customised to run for 1 to 4 days and are suitable for many different skill levels

 

BORO INSPIRED

This course starts with Traditional Japanese Boro as the inspiration for creating contemporary art, while discussing their rich historical and cultural origins.The course begins with a series of experiments focusing on traditional hand stitched darning and mending techniques while exploring the deconstruction, reconstruction and reuse of materials.We will explore the restorative practices of times past while incorporating ways to add layers of meaning through the use of colour, pattern and texture, this cross-fertilisation of ideas is intended to challenge preconceived notions of darning and mending.

 

PERSONAL NARRATIVES

Explore the simplest hand stitch lines and knots that offer unlimited possibilities to create contemporary art, using a range of fabrics, papers and threads.Learn how to use creative thinking skills to explore, generate, and develop your own creative language, expanding the potential for new ideas, to inspire you to find and strengthen your personal creative voice as a means to support and sustain your ongoing arts practice. Discover the importance of keeping journals and how to translate ideas into stitched imagery.Particular focus will be on developing participants own unique language using a series of exercises to explore potential sources of inspiration and how to translate these into stitch to produce original contemporary pieces

 

FABRIC MANIPULTAION

Explore Smocking as a hand stitched fabric manipulation technique to create areas of tension and release in fabric, resulting in exciting sculptural effects that can appear far more complex than they actually areIn this course you will explore different traditional direct smocking techniques for possible use as an art form or home decor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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