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Art Van Go

Workshops

Play Around!
Wed 8th June
10.30 - 3.30

In a variation of a UFO (Un-Finished-Object), or a PHD (Project-Half-Done) day, this is a chance to bring along the project that's going nowhere, or the techniques & materials that don't seem to be giving the results you want and get some collaborative help with it. Lots of 'stuff' will be available to explore under the watchful guidance of the odd artist or two! If you can, let us know in advance what sort of things you are interested in and perhaps we can see about arranging the day accordingly, if poss.
Cost: £12.00
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 8

We came across Tania Durrant's work fairly recently and we love it!! This is a new type of print workshop for us and we are particularly excited about it. Tania will be bringing everything you need including the kitchen sink - sorry! - I mean the print-press!
Drypoint Etching
Thurs 9th June
Tutor: Tania Durrant

Join Tania Scott Durrant a professional Fine Art printmaker for a day of Drypoint Etching. You will produce your own A5 printing plate using a drypoint etching needle to produce an original design with a characteristic soft velvety line. You will then print a limited edition of your design using a traditional etching press. You will learn how to colour your prints using a process called Chine Colle. www.taniadurrant.com
Cost: £39.00 (inc &popound;4.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to 9

'From the Earth' is a two venue event organised by Caroline Bell and Jenny Leslie which takes place in June 2016. Its aim is to promote ethical textile practices in the broadest sense, through the use of natural dyes and printing processes, natural fabrics and fibres, with particular reference to those produced in ethical ways, upcycling and incorporating other natural materials and 'found' items. Art Van Go is delighted to be part of this momentous event as we will be the venue for the series of associated workshops by well-known textile practitioners working in the field. As a back-drop to the workshops those artists will also present work in an exhibition here in the gallery throughout June.
In the other venue - Mardleybury Gallery in nearby Datchworth - there will be a month-long exhibition - 'A Celebration of Ethical Textiles'. Submissions for this exhibition are now invited (deadline 31st Jan).
Please note that all enquiries, submissions and workshop details and bookings for this event are being handled by 'From the Earth' and NOT by Art Van Go. Please go to www.fromtheearthtextiles.co.uk for all the details.
The following will give you a flavour of the workshops on offer, but please go to the 'From the Earth' website for details and costs.


Organic Indigo Dyeing - Ancient Techniques, A New Twist
Two day workshop, 10th & 11th June
Tutor: Jenny Leslie

Make a vat and generate an array of samples. Use a variety of flour paste resists to make organic marks on theses samples and then experiment with over-dyeing with other natural colours.

Eco Prints and Memory Cloth
Three Day Workshop Tues 14th - Thurs 16th June
Tutor: Fabienne Dorsman

Plant magic and alchemy potions and enjoy the magnificence of the natural colours gained in respect of nature and the slow passing of time.

Pods of Tenderness
Fri 17th June
Tutor: Fabienne Dorsman

An additional day to explore the combination of hand stitching and building.

Black and White - the Diversity of Natural Fibres
Two Day Workshop Tues 21st &Wed 22nd June
Tutor: Sarah Walters

Use a variety of natural fleeces and work with their characteristics to produce an array of samples.

Screen Printing with Natural Dyes
Two Day Workshop Thurs 23rd & Fri 24th June Tutors: Caroline Bell & Alison Hulme

Incorporate natural dyes into screen printing processes and obtain a range of colour possibilities through the use of mordants.

Rust Marks
Three Day Workshop Tues 28th - Thurs 30th June
Tutor: Alice Fox

Printing and dyeing with found rusty objects on textural surfaces achieved through fabric manipulation. Produce a series of unique prints and marks on paper and fabric. Please book these workshops through 'From the Earth' by going to the website www.fromtheearthtextiles.co.uk where you will be instructed to email your booking application to fromtheearthtextiles@gmail.com

Screen Play!
Two Day Workshop Tues 5th & Wed 6th July
Tutor: Lynda Monk

In this workshop you will learn how Thermofax screens are made, which designs work best and how to care for your screens. We will then go on to print with screens using various mediums: Xpandaprint, Soluble Crayons, Markal Paintstiks and more. These will then be coloured, foiled, embossed, wired and stitched. There will also be an opportunity for you to have a screen printed to your own design. www.purplemissus.com
Cost: £89.00 (inc £15.00 materials charge)

Love Your Gelli
Two Day Workshop Thurs 7th &Fri 8th July
Tutor: Alison Hulme

An intrduction to Gelli plate printing. You will have the opportunity to explore the flexibility and potential of the Gelli plate surface, creating a range of images and textures on both paper and fabric. These will have the potential to be taken further as quilts, bags or clothes at a later time. www.alisonhulmetextiles.wordpress.com
Cost: £75.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Make Your Mark with Discharge Printing
Sat 9th July
Tutor: Clive Barnett

On this one day workshop you will explore mark-making printing techniques involving 'Discharge Printing' processes onto both plain and patterned fabrics to create layered and complex surfaces of pattern and texture. (Discharge will remove the base colour from fabric.) Marks will be made using screen-printing& mono-printing methods. You will end the day with a wonderful collection of sample pieces to use in your own work, and with enough knowledge to continue the processes at home.
Cost: £57.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Lines and Layers in Felt Making
Two Day Workshop Tues 12th July & Wed 13th July
Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

Discover new shapes and patterns by deconstructing fancy yarns with natural and synthetic fibres such as linen, silk, soya or seaweed fibre. Enjoy the transformation when the thin prefelts are layered with fabrics stitched with different threads and fully felted. www.jeanetteappleton.com
Cost: £132.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

Stitched Graffiti Art
Thurs 14th July
Tutor: Gina Ferrari

In this free machine embroidery workshop you will use the machine as a drawing tool. With the technique of thread painting you will create your own unique piece of stitched graffiti art. Full guidance will be given. www.ginaferrari.co.uk
Cost: £38.00

Butterflies, Bees & Insects
Fri 15th July
Tutor: Jill Winch

With this one day course Jill will show you how to paint a butterfly, bee or insect which can be used with your flower paintings, or just simply on its own as an illustration. www.jillwinch.com
Cost: £29.00

From Sketchbook to Wax, Ink and Design
Sat 16th July
Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

A 'book-binding machine' provides the means to quickly create your own small ring-bound sketchbook using a mixture of chosen papers. Use those individual sketchbooks as a catalyst to experiment and to develop designs using simple and vibrant wax and ink techniques; stitch for making marks; fabric and paper. If the thought of working into a sketchbook fills you with horror this workshop offers a less intimidating and fun design path to explore. Pauline will have her machine on hand to create the sketchbooks. www.paulineverrinder.com
Cost: £36.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

Sea Fever - Mixed Media Textiles
Three Day Workshop: Wed 20th - Fri 22nd July
Tutor: Angie Hughes

The theme for this year's summer school with be all things under the sea, fish seaweed, rocks, pebbles, shells, bubbles perhaps even shipwrecks. Learn about modern materials and experimental stitch techniques machine and hand embroidery. www.angiehughes.com
Cost: £150.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

Or Nué
Two Day Workshop Tues 26th & Wed 27th July
Tutor: Anthea Godfrey

Or Nue is a fascinating technique which has been considered the pinnacle of artistic skill for centuries. It requires patience, technical skill and some previous ability to couch metal thread. It is time-consuming but hugely rewarding.
Cost: £73.00 Additional charge TBC
The additional charge for the metal thread, the silk thread selection (tailored to your design), the wooden frame and stretched calico. Estimated £15 - £25

Drawing
Thurs 28th July
Tutor: Suzy Drake

Having even basic drawing skills enhances your powers of observation and and starts you on a journey of visual discovery of the world around you. With Suzy's help and encouragement, explore the creative and expressive possibilities of drawing materials and techniques, and enjoy making marks in these fun, relaxed drawing sessions. Each session will be open for anyone to join offering more time to practice and learn new skills. www.suzydrake.com
Cost: £29.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

Sticky and Shiny!
Two Day Workshop Tues 2nd & Wed 3rd Aug
Tutor: Kim Thittichai

There are so many heat fusible webs and powders, but do you know how to use them creatively? How to use them with transfer foils? Have a fun and sparkly 2 days, learning how all the glues work and how you can use them creatively. We will create fabulous surfaces on which to stitch and further embellish with Xpandaprint and embossing powders. How much fun can you have in two days? www.kimthittchai.com
Cost: £95.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

Summer School
Land Lines and Edges
Four Day Workshop: Wed 17th - Sat 20th Aug
Tutor: Amanda Hislop

Seek out edges within the landscape, field lines and hedges, tracks and pathways the places where order meets natural undergrowth to inspire and reveal ideas through spontaneous experimentation, combining papers with fabric and colour creating tactile surfaces to develop with line and texture in machine stitch.
Cost: £198.00 (inc £12.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Accessorize in Felt Tues 24th Aug
Tutor: Clare Bullock

If you have ever struggled to find the perfect adornment for an outfit or piece of work then come along and learn how to make an embellishment in wet felt, in your own choice of colours and finish to complement any occasion. Techniques discovered will enable you to develop increasingly flamboyant creations and take your feltmaking further.
Cost: £39.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Mixed Media Play Days!
Two Day Workshop Thurs 25th & Fri 26th Aug
Tutor: Lynda Monk

Come along to this fast and furious workshop and play with Tyvek, Lutradur and Kunin Felt amongst other materials. Combine them with various mediums, dyes and paints. Stitch them, heat and distress them. Lots of techniques to learn - lots of samples to take away and expand on. Loads of fun as well! www.purplemissus.com
Cost: £84.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Stitching Between the Lines
Two Day Workshop Wed 31st Aug & Thurs 1st Sept
Tutor: Julia Triston

Come and explore the design element of 'Line' through inspiring print and stitch techniques. Linear qualities in sources of inspiration will be investigated, and a series of striking samples will be created and embellished with hand embroidery and machine stitch. www.juliatriston.com
Cost: £98.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Experimental Sculptural Stitched Papers
Fri 2nd Sept
Tutor: Brenda Parsons

Fall in love with paper and its flexibility. Enjoy rolling, folding, stitching and transforming papers, then building them into fascinating structures with unusual display opportunities. Have fun and be inspired by international contemporary paper artists. www.brendaparsonsartist.co.uk
Cost: £48.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Drawing the Line
Three Day Workshop Tues 6th to Thurs 8th Sept
Tutor: Bobby Britnell

A line is a mark or stroke, long in proportion to its breadth, made with a pen, pencil, tool, etc onto a surface. This course will have students examining both the simplicity and complexity of 'line' as an inspirational source, by using a variety of 'drawing'tools and mixed media surfaces. Accessible drawing methods, both traditional and experimental, will all be considered in relation to the exercises introduced, with students quickly building up inspirational boards full of ideas and design possibilities, for personal interpretation into fabric and stitch. Artist research will offer further insights into the development of ideas, with the whole course culminating in a useful portfolio of original works. www.bobbybritnell.co.uk
Cost: £140.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Exploring Batik on Different Surfaces
Two Day Workshop Fri 9th & Sat 10th Sept
Tutor: Jenny O'Leary

Two days of exploring the exciting technique of Batik - hot wax resist. Traditionally worked on white cotton fabric, we will experiment on different surfaces such as tissue paper, paper, cotton. Each surface will offer its own surprises and effects; we will work on them separately and in combination. We will use bleach and inks on assorted papers and dyes on cotton. No experience is needed as we will start from scratch.
Cost: £88.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

A special treat - three whole indulgent days to develop your machine skills to 'draw' and 'paint' a landscape in machine-stitch!
Warm Colours and Fallen Leaves
Three Day Workshop Tues 13th to Thurs 15th Sept
Tutor: Nodeen Salmon

How do you capture the intensity of the colours, warm days and cool nights of Autumn? Learning to mix vibrant autumnal colours in threads with the machine to create light and shade, texture and the story of the season. You will complete an Autumnal landscape using free machine embroidery over three days. Incorporating trees, leaves on the trees and ground using the needle as a drawing tool. Intermediate and advanced machine embroiderers, those familiar with their machine. www.nodeensalmon.com
Cost: £120.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

Vanilla Essence
Three Day Workshop Tues 20th to Thurs 22nd Sept
Tutor: Amanda Clayton

Looking at the relationship between paper & cloth, mark & stitch, explore the qualities of cloth and celebrating hand stitch. Bias, suspension, weight, construction, fragility, and space. All issues will be explored to re-discoverer traditional techniques as a starting point, for inspirations and beginnings. You will be working in neutrals to focus on the qualities of transparency and translucency. www.amandajclayton.co.uk
Cost: £108.00
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

Waiting for the Tide
Sat 24th Sept
Tutor: Clive Barnett

For this one-day workshop Clive will provide all the equipment to enable you to create images (abstract or representational) using several printing techniques. Bring your own source material to reflect the title 'Waiting for the Tide', be it visual or the written word, and you will use mono-printing and screen printing to convey your design ideas into printed cloth. All printing equipment, dyes, and prepared fabrics will be provided by the tutor. All you need to bring is the design inspiration, protective clothing, gloves and a bag to take home your damp samples.
Cost: £57.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Drawing
Tues 27th Sept
Tutor: Suzy Drake

Having even basic drawing skills enhances your powers of observation and starts you on a journey of visual discovery of the world around you. With Suzy's help and encouragement, explore the creative and expressive possibilities of drawing materials and techniques, and enjoy making marks in these fun, relaxed drawing sessions. Each session will be open for anyone to join offering more time to practice and learn new skills. www.suzydrake.com
Cost: £29.00 (inc £2 materials charge)

Laminated Stitch
Wed 28th Sept
Tutor: Alex Waylett

An opportunity to explore and experiment with laminated stitch and discover how you could include this contemporary material in your own textile work. The workshop is a structured day based around Alex's wall hanging created on a coastal theme - however you can introduce more floral motifs with hand and machine stitch if you wish. Fully utilising the transparent qualities of plastic you will combine materials such as painted bondaweb, sequin waste and metallic sheers, before hand and machine stitching each piece using water-soluble fabric. You will be shown ways of completing your wall panel at home. www.alexandrawaylett.com
Cost: £47.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

Paper Transformations - Taking Folded Books Further
Two Day Workshop Weds 12th & - Thurs 13th Oct
Tutor: Amanda Hislop

The workshop is a structured day based around my wall hanging created on a coastal theme - however participants can introduce more floral motifs with hand and machine stitch if they wish. Fully utilising the transparent qualities of plastic you will combine materials such as painted bondaweb, sequin waste and metallic sheers, before hand and machine stitching each piece using water-soluble fabric. Students will be shown ways of completing their wall panel at home. www.amandahisloptextileartist.com
Cost: £88.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

In Residence
Fri 14th Oct
10.00am - 4pm
Who will be there?

There are several artists available for it again - and they're all brilliant. Drop in any time to see the artists at work in their respective areas - could be feltmaking, printing, mixed media or machine stitch. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and observe their techniques. These sessions are FREE and there's no need to book.
See also Wed 10th Feb & Fri 1sr April
Plus 'The Gatherings' : Fri 3rd & Sat June - Fri 9th & 10th Dec

Advanced Eco Dyeing
Two Day Workshop Tues 18th & Wed 19th Oct
Tutor: Caroline Bell

This is a workshop for those that have had some experience of eco printing but would like to explore the process a bit further and hone their practice. Working mainly with fabric, in particular, cotton, participants will have the opportunity to create more complex imagery using a range of different techniques. www.carolinebelltextiles.wordpress.com
Cost: £67.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Positively Medieval
Three Day Workshop to Thurs 20th to Sat 22nd Oct
Tutor: Frances Pickering

On this course we will explore the Medieval period. We will use a variety of techniques and materials, to make richly coloured, padded and stitched surfaces, using a sandwich of tissue and felt. www.francespickering.com
Cost: £120.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Mono-Printing for Cloth
Tues 25th Oct
Tutor: Maria Boyle

Explore mono-printing with a blank silk-screen and water soluble media and quickly create a selection of marvellous printed papers and textiles with a painterly mark providing you with lots of samples and finished pieces. Suitable for all levels of experience. www.mariaboyle.co.uk
Cost: £57.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Vain Devices
Two Day Workshop Wed 26th & Thurs 27th Oct
Tutor: Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

The rich colours, elaborate trimmings, the magnificent and extreme sculptings of Elizabethan costume will be the inspiration for this workshop. Students will 'go to town' translating the chosen features - padded hose, shoulder rolls, ruffs, gold 'points', lacings, fabric roses, stomachers etc into a textile which uses metal shim & cloth, velvet, silk and Angelina fibre, along with hand and/or machine embroidery. The use of a sewing machine would be an advantage but is not essential. www.alysnsburntofferings.blogspot.co.uk
Cost: £99.00 (inc £5.00 materials change)

Botanicals in Pen & Wash
Fri 28th Oct
Tutor: Jill Winch

An exciting way to depict a flower fruit or vegetable with the use of soluble and waterproof inks. www.jillwinch.com
Cost: £29.00

Meltingly Beautiful Beads
Two Day Workshop Tues 1st & Wed 2nd Nov
Tutor: Lynda Swaine

An inspiring bead making workshop with a difference. Experiment with a huge number of new ideas for making beads from fabric, fibres, film, and glue. Then explore their design potential by incorporating them into complimentary backgrounds and your own artwork. Come and have lots of fun and release your imagination! Suitable for all levels of experience. Full written instructions and a selection of materials included in the price. www.sewingwithconfidence.co.uk
Cost: £67.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

An Introduction to Lino Cut Printing
Thurs 3rd Nov
Tutor: Anna Pye

Have a fun day of lino cutting and printing - learning about the tools, types of lino, papers and inks. You will cut your design, ink-up your block and print by hand on a variety of papers. Warning you may become addicted! www.annapye.com
Cost: £48.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)
All of the specialist materials needed for the workshop are provided as part of the charge.

Metallics for Textiles
Sat 5th Nov
Tutor: Jo Mabbutt

This workshop will introduce a wide range of metallic media, including real metal leaf, metallic powders and metallic transfer foil, suitable for use on a variety of textiles and associated surfaces - Lutradur, Tyvek, handmade papers, plastics etc. www.jmdecorativeart.co.uk
Cost: £44.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

A New Starting Point
Three Day Workshop Tues 8th to Thurs 10th Nov
Tutor: Kim Thittichai

Discover the redemptive qualities of newspaper. Create fascinating surfaces on which to print and stitch. Using painted Bondaweb and gilding flake we will explore the possibilities of layering textures to end up with firm pieces of work that can be used to make boxes and vessels. www.kimthittchai.com
Cost: £140.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Stitched Graffiti Art
Fri 11th Nov
Tutor: Gina Ferrari

In this free machine embroidery workshop you will use the machine as a drawing tool. With the technique of thread painting you will create your own unique piece of stitched graffiti art. Full guidance will be given. www.ginaferrari.co.uk
Cost: £38.00

Creative Paperworks & Sumptuous Colour
Three Day Workshop Tues 15th to Thurs 17th Nov
Tutor: Ruth Issett

Spend time exploring the qualities of different papers and have fun exploring the possibilities of adjusting anad altering these surfaces. Working with rich and tempting colour, as well as delicious finishes, we will combine these papers to create a series of vibrant paper compositions. www.textilestudygroup.co.uk
Cost: £130.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)

Natural Progression - Design to Stitch
Two Day Workshop Fri 18th & Sat 19th Nov
Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

This workshop focuses on aiding those who are in their comfort zone when working with fabric and thread, but feel challenged when asked to design. So why not break down those barriers by combining the two? We will relax and have fun experimenting with familiar materials - exploring stitch as mark-making and fabric and paper for collage, line and texture. Finally, colour and mixed media will bring designs to life, showing immediately stitch possibilities. Having many designs to play with, translating one into stitch becomes a natural progression to gain a feeling of accomplishment. The only necessity is to have experience with free machine embroidery. www.paulineverrinder.com
Cost: £75.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Colourful Contrasts in Felt Making
Two Day Workshop Thurs 1st & Fri 2nd Dec
Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

Discover the surprises of colour mixes and surfaces at each stage of the felt making process. To develop individual approaches and working methods, creating ideas for one off textiles, interior or fashion items. www.jeanetteappleton.com
Cost: £128.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Memory Keepers
Two Day Workshop Tues 6th & Wed 7th Dec
Tutor: Lynda Monk

Where do you store all those little bits and pieces that you have collected over the years? In a box in the back of a cupboard? In a drawer under a pile of papers? Why not have them out on show to help conjure up memories of times past? In this workshop we will be constructing two memory keepers: a 3D shrine and a canvas wall hanging using mixed media techniques. www.purplemissus.com
Cost: £89.00 (inc £15.00 materials charge)

Christmas Bizarre!!!
Fri 9th and Sat 10th Dec

Yes, the spelling is intentional!! Pop-up shops, artists, festive 'stuff'. Everyone had a good time in 2015 so we're doing it again! More details much, much later - once we've thought of them!!

Art Van Go (WOW),
The Studios,
1 Stevenage Road,
Knebworth, Herts SG3 6AN, UK,
tel. 01438 814946,
email art@artvango.co.uk,
web site www.artvango.co.uk.


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