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Siân Martin 1

TEXTILE AND EMBROIDERY WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES

with SIÂN MARTIN


Siân Martin 2

Siân Martin offers a variety of learning opportunities:-
  • Workshops for your local group. All workshops will enable participants to explore creative ideas through embroidery techniques lasting one or two days. You can read about ideas of possible workshop topics by clicking here or you can contact Siân to discuss your individual requirements.

  • Illustrated Lectures for your regional event or local group. Siân is happy to include a brief demonstration as part of her talk. To discuss topics please contact Siân.

  • Online Courses with Distant Stitch. Learn and develop your skills by enrolling on a Distant Stitch course. Siân tutors Certificate and Diploma Courses in Embroidery and designing skills. There is the option of registering with City and Guilds. If you'd like details of these Courses, please look at the website - Distant Stitch. You can use the 'Contact Us' button for enquiries or use the details below. Two exciting offers -
    o Download a FREE Embroidery Project to make a colourful stitched bag.
    o Join our Summer School event in July and be inspired for the rest of the year!

  • Residential Masterclass weekends that meet three times a year near Bath. If you have some experience and want to develop your work with like-minded people, this small class will offer you individual support and development opportunities.
Interested? Please email sian@distantstitch.co.uk or phone 01278 652089.



Farncombe

Weekend Craft Breaks in the Cotswolds

Sit Back and Sew - Enjoy the Piece!
March 14: 6pm - March 16: 2pm
Tutor: Jennie Rayment

Perhaps you have an overwhelming urge to make a particular heirloom or maybe just play with a specific technique? Why not spend a peaceful weekend applying the last borders, tying the remaining threads and actually finish something?
Single: £290 Double/Twin : £270 Non-residential: £191

Bead Weaving: Beaded Beads
March 15: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Sally Boehme

Spend an early Spring day creating some jewellery to match your favourite outfit for the coming Spring or Summer. The ultimate beadwork project must be to create beads from beads!
Day School: £80

Creative Papercutting
March 16: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Christine Green

Creative papercutting is so on trend and this one-day course will teach you the basics you need to produce beautiful and original pieces.
Day School: £90

Sewing Machine: How to use Yours or Ours
March 23: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Sue Hazell

On this one day workshop, you will see how you like sewing by using your own machine or one of ours, with assistance, through demonstration and 'hands on'.
Day School: £95

Learn to Crochet
March 28: 6pm - March 30: 2pm
Tutor: Fiona Morris

With the increasing interest in fibre crafts generally, crochet is one of the crafts that has come to the fore as a craft for making garments, accessories and soft furnishing.
Single: £300 Double/Twin : £280 Non-residential: £201

Stained Glass Windows
April 4: 6pm - April 6: 2pm
Tutor: Anna Conti

Your chance to make your own stained glass window! An introduction to glass of all sorts of colours and textures. Make your own stained glass panel or mirror (approx. 30 x 25cms), using traditional stained glass techniques.
Single: £320 Double/Twin : £300 Non-residential: £221

Willow Basket Making
April 26: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Susan Early

Weave a beautiful English willow bread or fruit basket. During the day you will immerse yourself in weaving willow. Using traditional tools and a variety of basketry techniques we will complete a lovely round basket.
Day School: £90

Patchwork & Quilting - An Introduction for Absolute Beginners
April 27: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Sue Hazell

This is a one-day introduction to the art of Patchwork and Quilting and you needn't buy expensive equipment for it. You learn how to select suitable fabrics, cut out with accuracy, test your design, assemble accurately, apply quilting fabric, quilt the easy way and add backing to your desired item.
Day School: £95

Machine Embroidery Day: Inspired By Klimt
May 10: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Angie Hughes

In this workshop you will learn how to use cotton velvet and apply transfoils, sweet foils and scraps of silk fabrics to the surface and then in the afternoon, top it off with lots of decorative machine embroidery.
Day School: £85

Willow Sculpture - Create a 'masterpiece' to take away!
May 11: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Charlie Lupton

Have you ever dreamt of kindling your creative talents and creating a sculpture? With this highly interactive workshop, you will learn simple techniques to work with withies (basket-making willow rods), sculpt any model with them you choose and take it away with you.
Day School: £85

Scrappy Patchwork
May 11: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Christine Green

Always fancied having a go at patchworking but not known where to start? This is your chance to have a go. Perfect for beginners, although some experience with a sewing machine would be helpful but not essential.
Day School: £90

Quilting Weekend: Traditional Baltimore
May 23: 6pm - May 25: 2pm
Tutor: Sally White

Stitch an appliqué panel with flowers, birds, raised patchwork and a wealth of traditional hand-stitching Baltimore techniques. Suitable for all levels of stitcher. Students will learn various appliqué techniques including needleturn and 'raised', making bias stems and raised flowers. Materials list provided.
Single: £290 Double/Twin : £270 Non-residential: £191

Craft & Textile Day: New Textiles; New Techniques
May 31: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Wendy Cotterill

On this one-day course we will be looking at using synthetic fibres and fabrics and experimenting with heat-cutting and distressing techniques, to create exciting, textured surfaces.
Day School: £85

Sewing Machine - How to Use Yours or Ours
June 8: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Sue Hazell

On the one day workshop, you will see how you like sewing by using your own machine or one of ours, with assistance, through demonstration and 'hands on'
Day School: £95

One Day Stained Glass Workshop
June 15: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Liz Huppert

This is an introduction to the multi-coloured and textured medium of glass. Students will firstly be taught how to cut glass. Once competent at cutting, you will be shown the Tiffany/Copperfoil technique first pioneered by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Day School: £95

Experimenting with Mixed Media
July 18: 6pm - July 20: 2pm
Tutor: Rosalind Davis

Discover a whole new range of exciting techniques that you can use to make mixed media textile pieces and create and develop your own individual artworks.
Single: £300 Double/Twin : £280 Non-residential: £201

Patchwork & Quilting - An Introduction for Absolute Beginners
July 20: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Sue Hazell

This is a one-day introduction to the art of Patchwork and Quilting and you needn't buy expensive equipment for it. You learn how to select suitable fabrics, cut out with accuracy, test your design, assemble accurately, apply quilting fabric, quilt the easy way and add backing to your desired item.
Day School: £95

Knitting: The Perfect Finish
August 1: 6pm - August 3: 2pm
Tutor: Fiona Morris

Many knitters love to knit but find when it comes to sewing up and finishing their items they do not have the skills to make a beautifully finished garment or item. This course will cover all the skills you need to achieve the Perfect Finish.
Single: £295 Double/Twin : £275 Non-residential: £196

Mixed Media for Textiles
August 1: 6pm - August 3: 2pm
Tutor: Wendy Cotterill

Mixed media is what it says on the label - mixing media in unusual combinations. We will select different fabrics and threads and using them in conjunction with innovative printing techniques, such as inkjet printing and block printing.
Single: £295 Double/Twin : £275 Non-residential: £196

Patchwork & Quilting Workshop - Infinity Squares
August 22: 6pm - August 24: 2pm
Tutor: Jan Hassard

Infinity Squares is a 'square within a square' technique which results in a colourful, artistic quilt with geometric designs using colour and shape to give the illusion of 3D patterns.
Single: £295 Double/Twin : £275 Non-residential: £196

Machine Embroidery Day: Bondaweb Birchwood
September 6: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Angie Hughes

In this workshop you will learn about interesting ways to use Bondaweb: an iron-on glue, used with fabrics mainly. It does interesting things when painted and we will use these results to create a birchwood effect on cotton velvet.
Day School: £85

Patchwork Oakshott 'Handi-Bag'
September 12: 6pm - September 14: 2pm
Tutor: Sue Hazell

This delightful patchwork bag came about when the fabrics glistened in the spring sunlight! The Oakshott Colourshott fabrics leant themselves to a variegated cotton quilting thread found in the sewing box and it just defined the patchwork pieces.
Single: £300 Double/Twin : £280 Non-residential: £201

Willow Basket Making
September 13: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Susan Early

Weave a beautiful English willow bread or fruit basket. During the day you will immerse yourself in weaving willow. Using traditional tools and a variety of basketry techniques we will complete a lovely round basket.
Day School: £90

Bondaweb, Appliqué and Creativity
September 19: 6pm - September 21: 2pm
Tutor: Christine Green

This course will introduce you to the joy of working with bondaweb to create beautiful and original appliquéd designs. You will create your design from researched images of flowers and foliage and convert it into a paper pattern that you'll use to cut out your fabrics.
Single: £310 Double/Twin : £290 Non-residential: £211

Patchwork & Quilting - An Introduction for Absolute Beginners
September 28: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Sue Hazell

This is a one-day introduction to the art of Patchwork and Quilting and you needn't buy expensive equipment for it. You learn how to select suitable fabrics, cut out with accuracy, test your design, assemble accurately, apply quilting fabric, quilt the easy way and add backing to your desired item.
Day School: £95

Bead Weaving on a Loom with a Twist!
October 3: 6pm - October 5: 2pm
Tutor: Sally Boehme

Using a small loom while bead weaving is like having an extra pair of hands to hold your work. We will explore the technique of weaving with beads on a bead loom and will combine them with yarns to create richly textured, tactile jewellery pieces.
Single: £295 Double/Twin : £275 Non-residential: £196

Easy Fusible Appliqué Baltimore Style Quilt
October 10: 6pm - October 12: 2pm
Tutor: Sally White

This course is suitable for beginners and experienced quilters alike. Make beautiful appliqué blocks with pre-cut and pre-bonded motifs - flowers, leaves stems etc. Design your own or use one of the patterns.
Single: £290 Double/Twin : £270 Non-residential: £191

Gilding for Calligraphers and Painters
October 11: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Josie Brown

This workshop is an opportunity to learn a range of both ancient and modern methods of manuscript gilding - laying gold and other metal leaf for use with calligraphy or in paintings. This is not for gilding furniture, frames or mirrors.
Day School: £75

Sewing Machine - How to use Yours or Ours
October 12: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Sue Hazell

On the one day workshop, you will see how you like sewing by using your own machine or one of ours, with assistance, through demonstration and 'hands on'.
Day School: £95

Patchwork Knitting
October 17: 6pm - October 19: 10am
Tutor: Fiona Morris

Patchwork/Domino knitting is a great way to use up small amounts of yarn, combining lots of colour and texture, making items that require a minimal amount of sewing up when the knitting is finished.
Single: £295 Double/Twin : £275 Non-residential: £196

Picture It in Collage and Stitch
October 24: 6pm - October 26: 2pm
Tutor: Richard Box

At the start of the course you will be guided through a project, step-by-step, which Richard has prepared for you. A 'learning pack' containing patterns and materials will be provided free of charge.
Single: £295 Double/Twin : £275 Non-residential: £196

Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers and Birds
October 24: 6pm - October 26: 2pm
Tutor: Maggie Cross

This course is suitable for all levels of ability, as tuition is by tutor demonstration and individual guidance. Using traditional Chinese painting materials and techniques, you will paint seasonal flowers - both Chinese and Western - and birds.
Single: £290 Double/Twin : £270 Non-residential: £191

Calligraphy Day: Uncial for Christmas
November 9: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Josie Brown

Uncial is an ancient Celtic script full of historical character and style. It is a quick and easy script to learn in its modern form. Beginners will learn how to use the broad-edge pen and the basic lettering, then go on to use them on cards, boxes or tags for Christmas.
Day School: £75

Tucked and Embellished Circles
November 14: 6pm - November 16: 2pm
Tutor: Jennie Rayment

Tuck into manipulation with these uniquely unusual methods for creating surface texture - excellent for all forms of creative quilting and other sewn projects.
Single: £290 Double/Twin : £270 Non-residential: £191

Stained Glass Workshop for All
November 28: 6pm - November 30: 2pm
Tutor: Liz Huppert
Although this is a beginners' course, experienced glass cutters are welcome to come along. Students will first be taught to cut glass and will then create a small coaster using the appliqué technique.
Single: £310 Double/Twin : £290 Non-residential: £211

Patchwork & Quilting - An Introduction for Absolute Beginners
November 30: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Sue Hazell

This is a one-day introduction to the art of Patchwork and Quilting and you needn't buy expensive equipment for it. You learn how to select suitable fabrics, cut out with accuracy, test your design, assemble accurately, apply quilting fabric, quilt the easy way and add backing to your desired item.
Day School: £95

Willow Christmas Decorations
December 6: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Susan Early

Enjoy making beautiful willow Christmas decorations. During the day we can make stars and hearts, weave a simple mince pie platter, a Christmas tree or a Christmas wreath and possibly all of the above!
Day School: £95

Willow Sculpture - Create a 'masterpiece' to take away!
December 7: 9:30 - 4:30
Tutor: Charlie Lupton

Have you ever dreamt of kindling your creative talents and creating a sculpture? With this highly interactive workshop, you will learn simple techniques to work with withies (basket-making willow rods), sculpt any model with them you choose and take it away with you.
Day School: £85



Farncombe Estate Centre, Farncombe Estate, Broadway, Worcestershire,
WR12 7LJ, UK, Direct Tel. 01386 854100
email enquiries@farncombecourses.co.uk
Short weekend courses at an award-winning venue:
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Art Van Go

Workshops


Clare Bullock
3D Felting
Thurs 6th & Fri 7th March

Seamless felt-making is a great way of creating items without the need for structural stitching. By using a thin resist, seamless items can be created effortlessly creating a beautiful, fine finish. You will start the first day by making a selection of textural samples which can be included within your finished item. You will discuss pattern styles and make a simple resist for use on the second day. Colour-mixing and the layering of fine fabrics will be included in the sampling to add extra depth to your chosen item. The principal structure of pots and vessels makes an ideal starting point for further more ambitious 3D projects.
Cost: £75.00 (inc £10.00 materials)

Clive Barnett
Exploration of Mark-making and Mono-printing on Textiles
Sat 8th March

This workshop will give you the opportunity to explore mono-printing on your own cloth for use in a variety of textile settings. The first part of the day will be spent in learning mono-printing techniques and applying your own mark making and textured pattern to the cloth. You will have an opportunity to arrange 'marks' either as a structured repetition or by the exploration of more organic free flowing designs. The second part of the day will enable students to recreate one of their earlier design ideas and print it on a Tissue or Chiffon silk scarf. Should the student not wish to print their own scarf, the afternoon could be spent further exploring mono-printing and block printing techniques, using Procion dye paste on fabric samples.
Cost: £48.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge). Student numbers limited to 9.

Coming Full Circle
Wed 5th Mar
Tutor: Vanda Campbell

Explore the creative potential of working with circles, crescents and segments in mixed media designs and paintings. Quirky design ideas, suitable for all subject matter (eg. textures, landscapes, architectural detail, flowers) and media. Any of Vanda's workshops will appeal to artists of all kinds. Her own work unites the 'applied art' world of textiles with that of fine art.www.vandacampbell.blogspot.com
Cost: £39.00

3D Felting
Two Day Workshop Thurs 6th Mar & Fri 7th Mar
Tutor: Claire Bullock

Claire's passion for felting always comes across in her workshops. In this one learn the art of seamless 3D wet-felting. The techniques, including colour-mixing and layering, will give you the starting point for making of a variety of items such as pots & bags in the future as well as more ambitious projects such as wearables and structures.
Cost: £75.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)
If required, there will be a charge of £8.00 for a bamboo blind.

Exploration of Mark-making and Mono-printing on Textiles
Sat 8th Mar
Tutor: Clive Barnett

This workshop will give you the opportunity to explore mono-printing on your own cloth for use in a variety of textile settings. Learn how to apply your own mark making and textured pattern designs to the cloth either as structured repetition or more organic free flowing designs. Then go on to recreate one of the design ideas and print it on a floating silk scarf. Alternatively the time could be spent further exploring mono-printing and block printing techniques. This is also an opportunity to examine Clive's beautiful work and range of examples.
Cost: £48.00 (inc £8:00 materials charge)
All equipment provided by the tutor.
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Books to Cherish
Two Day Workshop Tues 11th Mar Wed 12th Mar
Tutor: Frances Pickering

Learn how to use transfer dye with pelmet vilene in a creative way to make a book cover with additional hand colouring, waxing and finished with machine or hand stitch. Pages will be made using wall-paper lining and coloured using a Koh-I-Noor dye palette. Your book can be a personal journal or record of a particular event or holiday. www.frannyp.co.uk
Cost: £85.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

We've extended our regular 'In Residence' theme to include not one, not two, but three artists!! Now what are we going to call that? Maybe 'The Three Degrees', or perhaps 'Three Dimensions' would be an apt title as the three artists are each known for their involvement in different areas of textiles.
In Residence
Thurs 13th Mar 10.30 - 3pm
Clare Bullock - Lynda Monk - Sharon Osborne

Drop in any time to see these artists at work in their respective areas: feltmaking; thermofax & printing; mixed media & stitch; and feltmaking. 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 Sat 12th April, Sat 27th Sept, Sat 29th Nov

Leaves in Watercolour Fri 21st Mar
Tutor: Jill Winch

Following on from the successful leaf workshop last year in coloured pencil, this year Jill's workshop will be on Leaves in Watercolour. This one day workshop will be filled with information and demonstrations, colour matching and much more. www.jillwinch.com
Cost: £27.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge

Metallics Mixed Media Wed 26th Mar
Tutor: Jo Mabbutt

Explore the marvellous world of metallic decoration. Learn to use a wide range of metallic media and explore a variety of techniques to texture, colour, oxidise and distress your metallic surfaces. You will build up a collection of dramatic starting points for further use and embellishment. www.jmdecorativeart.co.uk
Cost: £35.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

Transparency and Depth in Feltmaking
Two Day Workshop Thurs 27th Mar Fri 28th Mar
Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

Enjoy creating unexpected surfaces and structures by incorporating various fabrics with wool fibres in creative felt-making. Create striking contrasts of lightness and density in felt-making by varying the proportions of wool fibre to cloth. The sampling may become a series of ideas for future projects. www.jeanetteappleton.com
Cost: £118.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

Textured Woodland Floor in Stitch
Sat 29th Mar
Tutor: Nodeen Salmon

Think woodland floor, lichen and moss. Create dense hand stitching with yarns, cottons and threads of various weights and colours. Thick, thin, shiny, slippery; whatever will go through the eye of a needle! We start by building a fabric background then lay texture onto this surface using exciting products to raise the surface. We will use understated free machine embroidery running stitches in metallic threads to catch the light. Big and small beads add interest and depth to this mainly hand sewn design. Be creative! Suitable for beginners and those keen to explore mixed media. www.threadsx4.co.uk
Cost: £35.00

Meltingly Beautiful Beads
Wed 2nd April
Creating Beads for Textiles for Backgrounds
Tutor: Lynda Swaine

A new and inspiring bead-making workshop with a difference. Experiment with lots of new ideas for making beads from fabric, fibre, film, and even glue etc. 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. Full written instructions and some essential materials provided. www.sewwithconfidence.co.uk
Cost: £33.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

This workshop from Gina Ferrari coincides with an exhibition here in the gallery running from 11th March - 5th April. The exhibition is entitled 'Transitions' and is presented by the contemporary textile group 'Spectrum' which is mentored by Gina.
Stitches and Doodles Thurs 3rd April
Tutor: Gina Ferrari

This is a free machine embroidery workshop using your machine as a drawing tool. Master stitches and control your machine producing some fabulous graphic style work with text. Ideal for beginners but challenging enough for those with experience too. www.ginaferrari.co.uk
Cost: £33.00

We would like to give a very warm welcome to Hilary Beattie who has come to give a workshop for the first time here at Art Van Go. Hilary has already made a name for herself, not only for the unique fabrics & papers she creates, but also for her passion and energy!!!
From Gelli to Canvas Tues 8th April
Two Day Workshop Wed 9th April
Tutor: Hilary Beattie

Come and enjoy two days experimenting with a variety of papers and fabrics to create backgrounds for monoprints using a Gelli Plate. You will use these prints, together with a variety of other media to create a unique stitched canvas. Warning: these two days are likely to be enormous fun and very addictive; you may well develop a lifelong addiction to this way of working! www.hilarybeattie.co.uk
Cost: £78.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

From Fragments to Artefacts
Two Day Workshop Thurs 10th April Fri 11th April
Tutor: Lynda Monk

Explore several different mixed-media techniques involving lutradur, xpandaprint, thermofax screens etc to create a variety of samples or several resolved 'fragments'. Then go on to explore methods of presentation from three-dimensional forms to delicate panels. www.purplemissus.com
Cost: £78.00 (inc £12.00 materials charge)

In Residence
Sat 12th April 10.30 - 3pm
Clare Bullock - Lynda Monk - Sharon Osborne

Drop in any time to see these artists at work in their respective areas: feltmaking; thermofax & printing; mixed media & stitch; and feltmaking. 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 Thurs 13th May, Sat 27th Sept, Sat 29th Nov

He's back: the 'Jamie Oliver of the Papermaking World'. During the previous two workshops here, it was apparent just how infectious his enthusiasm and energy was. Lots of papers, loads of experimenting and mixing it around!
Papermaking for Textile Artists
Two Day Workshop Tues 15th April & Wed 16th April
Tutor: Jonathan Korejko

This is for people who love textiles and want to expand into new areas. You will learn how cotton fabric, linen, hessian, silk and felt can be recycled and used to make beautiful paper. This course is intensive, fun, and very creative. www.timberlandand.co.uk
Cost: £97.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Gelli Plates are so popular at the moment (for good reason) that we thought it was worth having a second workshop on the subject, especially as this one involved Angie Hughes!
Getting to Know your Gelli Plate Wed 23rd April
Tutor: Angie Hughes

This is a workshop to help you understand the ins and out of gelli plate printing. It is a form of mono printing with spectacular extras. Have a play with stencils and print blocks and experiment with different paints to achieve amazing results...for absolute beginners and experienced artist alike. www.angiehughes.com
Cost: £45.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Inspired by Klimt
Thurs 24th April
Tutor: Angie Hughes

There's a wealth of design inspiration in the artwork of Gustav Klimt. Perfect for a one day workshop. A simple design can be formed quite quickly using collage on cotton velvet, transfoils, sweetie foils, silks and organza, topped off with an afternoon of machine embroidery. A very popular workshop for all abilities. www.angiehughes.com
Cost: £45.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Creating Working Sketchbooks with Mixed Media
Two Day Workshop
Tutor: Amanda Hislop Tues 29th April & Wed 30th April

Explore mark making to develop exciting sketchbook pages. Work with loose marks on paper with drawn lines, resist, wash and layered tissue to develop a surface to fragment, creating a series of abstract images. Experiment with layering, painterly blending andcontrast to generate abstract ideas in mixed media with the option to include hand stitching to further enhance the surface. www.amandahisloptextileartist.com
Cost: £85.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

This internationally acclaimed artist is famous for her 'Painted Lady' Collection of intricately worked fantastical garments based on her beautiful drawings and designs. An imposing figure at the shows, in her signature black hat and embellished 'power-dressing' jackets - Diane Bates is a wonderfully generous and warm tutor with a hilarious Yorkshire sense of humour. Any workshop with Diane is a real experience. We are so delighted that Diane is available to give two different workshops during our special year!
Scribble and Fiddle, with Diane!
Two Day Workshop Thurs 1st May & Fri 2nd May
Tutor: Diane Bates

Let's de-mystify drawing and design>Come and 'scribble and fiddle' with Diane. Putting the initial emphasis on 'play' and 'having fun', this workshop offers an exciting journey to explore the process from scribble and fiddle to beautiful designs. Use experimentation, abstraction and composition to develop unique, original drawings and designs taken from your initial chosen imagery. You will produce an outcome of designs that are ready for future textiles applications.
Cost: £80.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Wire to Form and Manipulate Sat 3rd May
Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

Constructing forms using a combination of wire, paper, fabric and thread will be the main thrust of the day. Vessels, jewellery, various forms and installations are all possible in the long term, but we will start small and build. We will be using free machine embroidery and limited hand embroidery techniques to reach our goal. Experience with free machine embroidery is essential. www.paulineverrinder.com
Cost: £35.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

Alex Waylett uses the sewing machine as a tool, to draw, manipulate and create textural surfaces in fabric. In this, her first workshop with us, Alex combines stitch with copper and gilding.
Burnished Copper Fri 9th May
Tutor: Alex Waylett

Experiment with copper and explore the endless effects that can be achieved when burnishing, gilding, painting, punching, embossing and stitching. Combine rich velvet to produce a beautiful panel in a day. Suitable for both experienced and beginner machine embroideers and mixed media artists wishing to incorporate metal and stitch in their work. www.alexandrawaylett.com
Cost: £35.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

It's all in the Print
Tues 13th May
Tutor: Viv Arthur

Discover how to create unique surface patterns on paper and fabric using just a few easy print techniques using simple tools and equipment. These spontaneous mark-making techniques will quickly help you to forget about the fear of the blank sheet. Using rollers, sheets of plastic, rubber bands etc, layer-up colour and texture with mono-prints, roller-prints and simple print-blocks. For beginners as well as those who fancy a day playing with these techniques.
Cost: £32.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

This will be almost a repeat of the first workshop that Wendy presented here where the students own handwriting was the source for design-work. That workshop was so well received that it is presented here again, although, as the subject evolves, it will be suitable for anyone who came to the first session.
Secret Messages, Hidden Meanings
Wed 14th May
Tutor: Wendy Creak

Explore the creative possibilities of your own handwriting. Maybe you think that you can't draw, and so you can't create your own designs. Starting with the familiar, everyday act of writing in your own style, explore ways of transforming this into a collection of fascinating samples, with ideas for taking them further. www.wendycreak.com
Cost: £32.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

This is a regular workshop from Janice here at Art Van Go. The beautiful combination of indigo and shibori always justifies the repetition as no two workshops will be the same. This time there could well be even more inspiration as Janice headed up a textile tour of Japan this January!
Shibori with Indigo
hurs 22nd May
Tutor: Janice Gunner

Spend a fantastic day dyeing 'The Blues'. Working with natural fabrics you will create unique patterned fabric by experimenting with a variety of Shibori resist techniques as featured in my book Shibori for Textile Artists. You will then dye the fabrics, including threads and yarns to tone with them using Indigo, the most magical of dyes. Your results can then be used in a variety of textile techniques such as patchwork, embroidery, felt making and more! www.janicegunner.co.uk
Cost: £48.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

A first for Jo Lovelock here, many of you will recognise her as one of the artists working in the Committed to Cloth 'Virtual Studio' at the Festival of Quilts.
Colour, Texture and Values Made Easy
Two Day Workshop Thurs 29th May Fri 30th May
Tutor: Jo Lovelock

Explore simple and effective ways of dyeing fabric to achieve a palette of textured fabrics, perfect for quilting, embroidery or collage. Learn the processes involved in low water immersion dyeing with Procion MX dyes. www.handdyedfabric.co.uk
Cost: £85.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Scratch the Surface Wed 4th June
Tutor: Vanda Campbell

Explore ways of working directly in your sketchbooks, combining collage, textures and mixed media for exciting results. Suitable for both textile artists and watercolour painters.www.vandacampbell.blogspot.com
Cost: £39.00

With so many commitments, Gwen Hedley is very difficult to book for a workshop but as this is a special year for us, she squeezed us in! Thank you so much Gwen!
Textile and Paper: Cut, Fold, Roll, Patch, Piece
Two Day Workshop
Tutor: Gwen Hedley Fri 6th June & Sat 7th June

Using paper, fabrics and mixed media, students will create exciting relief surfaces and fragments. You can expect to build a workbook full of samples and ideas for both 2D and 3D pieces, and inspiration for further work. Suitable for all levels of experience. www.gwen-hedley.co.uk
Cost: £79.00

Creating Original Designs Tues 10th June
Two Day Workshop Wed 11th June
Tutor: Kim Thittichai

Take a journey, imaginary or otherwise and learn how to create your own designs and printing blocks. You will leave with several designs and printing blocks ready to start on your next masterpiece. www.kimthittichai.com
Cost: £89.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

Exploration of 'Mark Making' using Discharge-printing
Stitching & Over-Printing
Two Day Workshop Thurs 12th June & Thurs 19th June
Tutor: Clive Barnett

This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn how to discharge print to create a printed surface, for use in a variety of textile settings. This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to create layers of printed marks, stitched designs, and overprinting on the stitched marks creating a textured surface to your fabric samples. First learn about and apply 'discharge printing' techniques to cloth to develop your own 'marks', explore imagery and printed textured patterns. After hand or machine stitching into or over the previously printed fabric samples you will then either colour print or further discharge print the samples, creating surface layers of colour and texture.
Cost: £86.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
All equipment provided by the tutor.
Numbers will be limited to a maximum 9

This is not a workshop, it is a version of the 'In Residence' sessions, so no booking required, and no charge - just come along!
Thermofax Day
Sat 14th June 10.30 - 4pm
Lynda Monk

A drop-in session with Lynda Monk to unravel some of the mysteries of Thermofax screens. How are they made? How are they used? How do you look after them? All the questions will be answered by Lynda during the day. As well as the demonstrations and explanations there will be the opportunity to buy some of Lynda's Thermofax screens, or to have your own designs created into screens. Pop in and see what's happening! www.purplemissus.com
No need to book, and there is no charge for the day although there will be a charge for any screens you have made.

Siân Martin is an internationally renowned textile artist and member of three influential contemporary professional textile groups. In 1991 she also founded the successful online textile school 'Distant Stitch' which thrives today. Siâ n was recently one of the six featured artists in the new d4daisy book 'Approaches to Stitch' edited by Maggie Grey. This workshop is based on that feature. Turning to the Bottle
Two Day Workshop Tues 17th June & Wed 18th June
Tutor: Siân Martin

Explore 'stitching in air', using wire, paper pulp and stitch which can be developed in many directions. Extend your textile ideas and enjoy experimenting with unconventional materials. Create a still life of stitched wire shapes. www.distantstitch.co.uk www.stitchloop.blogspot.co.uk
Cost: £95.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

Real Leaves Eco Prints on Fabric
Two Day Workshop Fri 20th June & Sat 21st June
Tutor: Jenny Leslie

Using techniques from India Flints workshops (author of books such as 'Second Skin' and 'Eco Colour' see www.indiaflint.com) you will learn how to use natural leaves gathered from your garden and countryside around you to make beautiful naturally dyed cloth. www.regeneration.carbonmade.com
Cost: £65.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Contemporary Textured Printmaking
Two Day Workshop Tues 24th June & Tues 1st July
Tutor: Kim Major George

There has been a renewal of interest in printmaking within many creative courses and with mixed media students. Many are finding the diversity in mark-making, and its ability to mix with their experiences with textiles, a wonderful adventure. Kim is an experienced printmaker/artist with endless enthusiasm for the subject of texture in all its glory. She will teach you how to create rich embossed printing plates with simple materials such as wallpaper, card, sandpaper, scrim, tin-ware, melted plastic and polyfiller. This is also an opportunity to incorporate your textile samples within this exciting printmaking course, adding the diversity of the stitched mark to the print process. Suitable for all abilities and no experience in printmaking needed. www.majorgeorge.co.uk
Cost: £95.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)
To allow for preparation time of print-plates this two-day workshop is spread over two weeks. Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Ruth is back!!! After an absence of more than a year when she has been rushing around teaching all over the place, Ruth is back presenting this wonderful workshop.
Summer School
Flourishes of Floral Colour
using Fabric and Stitch
Wed 25th June - Sat 28th June
Four Day Workshop
Tutor: Ruth Issett

Reflect the colourful exuberance of summer by creating a florid concoction of dyed fabrics. Combine these with delicate print, enhance with overlays of delicate silks, flimsy chiffons and vivid cottons to create a sumptuous reflection of a herbaceous border in high summer. Add some stitch, embellish with threads and leave with something to treasure!
Cost: £166.00 (inc £18.00 materials charge)
Materials charge includes a selection of fabrics

Feltmaking for Beginners
Wed 2nd July
Tutor: Clare Bullock

If you enjoy hands on crafts then come along and learn the foundation skills of Feltmaking. This course will show you how to lay out wool fibres to create a truly lovely piece of even felt to give you a taste of what can be done and hopefully give you the drive to want to explore and expand your skills. Cost: £35.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)
If required, there will be a charge of £8.00 for a bamboo blind

Val Button is new to teaching at Art Van Go but many of you will know her as the Kendal's picture framer, working here on Saturdays. Val studied at the London College of Fashion and her career has been as a Costume Designer and Maker, and AntiqueTextile Restorer, so she will bring her knowledge of cloth, style and form to this one day workshop.
Hardened Fabric Forms Thurs 3rd July
Tutor: Val Button

This workshop will take you through several techniques highlighting the uses of 'Powertex Transparent' fabric hardener, a waterbased liquid sculpting medium that dries to a clear matt hard finish on fabric while still retaining the visual characteristics of that fabric. First you will concentrate on a simple form, then move onto a multi-draped figure which will exploit the different characteristics of a range of fabrics and finally, if time allows, experiment with textile piece of your own. The exercises and processes involved will enable you to consider the huge potential of the fabric hardener within your own future work.
Cost: £36.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Summer School
Papermaking for Textile Artists
Tues 8th July - Fri 11th July
Four Day Workshop
Tutor: Jonathan Korejko

This four day workshop offers an indulgent opportunity to really submerge yourself in the art of papermaking. Particularly suited to textile artists, you will learn how cotton fabric, linen, hessian, silk and felt can be recycled and used to make beautiful paper Jonathan's papermaking workshop are always intensive, fun, and very creative, but the extended time available on this course will enable you to experiment further and to find your own way with papermaking, to suit your own work. www.timberlandand.co.uk
Cost: £190.00 (inc £19.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Summer School
Tints and Tones in Felt Making
Tues 15th July - Fri 18th July
Four Day Workshop Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

Discover the qualities of colour by exploring the contrasts of tints and tones during the felt making process, also by mixing and layering dyed merino wool and bonding various open weave fabrics to the surface. Sampling colour contrasts and compositional ideas for future one off textiles, interior or fashion items. www.jeanetteappleton.com
Cost: £238.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

Bound to be Bookmaking
Wed 23rd July
Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

If you have always wanted to be able to create your own notebooks, journals or sketchbooks - this is the right workshop for you. Spend the day exploring the skills required to make simple contemporary book structures. Books created will have a professional finish, using unusual materials and displaying a unique twist and originality. This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in craft and in particular textiles. www.paulineverrinder.com
Cost: £38.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Alysn now lives with her family in New Zealand but we are lucky enough to grab her twice for workshops in this programme. Not only that, but this wokshop coincides with her exhibition entitled 'New and Recent Work' which will be showing in our gallery.
Textures and Memories
Two Day Workshop Thurs 24th July & Fri 25th July
Tutor: Alysn Midgelow Marsden

Based on the techniques and designs of her 'Beaches of north New Zealand' series, translate your favourite scene into a textile memory. Bring out the textures and details that your mind remembers but which photographs just can't do justice to. You can recall the colours, the smells, textures and small details, as well as the overall view so much more interestingly than the camera alone. Using designs which transfer both detailed and distant viewpoints of your scene onto fabric, use image transfer techniques and add textures and forms in sheers, felting and burning techniques, stitching and beading. You will be led to an assembled piece which is a personal reminder of a favourite scene. www.alysnsburntofferings.blogspot.co.uk
Cost: £95.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Exploring Thermofax Screens
Two Day Workshop Wed 30th July & Thurs 31st July
Tutor: Lynda Monk

Lots of people think that printing on fabric with fabric dye is the only way to use a Thermofax screen. In this workshop you will explore several different ways of using a screen. You will also be making screens to your own designs, using pencils and ink as well as photocopies and, of course, the Thermofax machine. www.purplemissus.com
Cost: £81.00 (inc £15.00 materials charge)

Flowers in Pen and Wash
Fri 8th Aug
Tutor: Jill Winch

A different and fun way to paint flowers using pen and ink to create smooth silky tones. Jill will demonstrate how to create a different more dramatic look to your painting using pens and brushes. www.jillwinch.com
Cost: £28.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Summer School
Up Close in Detail...
Abstract from Elements within the Landscape
Wed 13th Aug - Sat 16th Aug
Four Day Workshop
Tutor: Amanda Hislop

Look up close in detail; take fragmented elements of the landscape as an abstracted source to inspire and develop ideas. Through intuitive creative sampling, working with paper, fabric, and colour you will create tactile surfaces to develop with expressive free machine stitch. www.amandahisloptextileartist.com
Cost: £160.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Summer School
Black and White Editions
Tues 19th Aug - Fri 22nd Aug
Four Day Workshop

This year we will use shades of black and white to make books based around poets or prose and poetry. We will use a variety of techniques and materials to make striking stitched surfaces using printed fabrics. You can use these to make a book. Alternatively, you might choose to fill a sketch book with your ideas, samples and experiments. www.frannyp.co.uk
Cost: £168.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

The two Alice Fox workshops we have already held here at Art Van Go have been so enthusiastically received, (the air of excitement when it comes to unwrapping the little rusting parcels is just like children on Christmas morning!) that we immediately wanted to offer an extended workshop. This is it!
Summer School
Lost and Found
Experimental mark making and stitch with found objects
Wed 27th Aug - Sat 30th Aug
Four Day Workshop
Tutor: Alice Fox

Taking an experimental approach you will be working with a range of found objects to explore the possibilities for mark making, dyeing and stitch. You will learn about the potential for using found rusty objects for printing and dyeing on paper and fabric.These samples will then form the basis for further work in collage and experimental stitch. Explore different ways of joining, patching, marking and embellishing.Students will work towards a hand made 'sample book' or a finished textile piece using the various techniques explored. www.alicefox.co.uk
Cost: £160.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

Transforming Transfer
Three Day Workshop Tues 2nd to Thurs 4th Sept
Tutor: Kim Thittichai

Discover the joys of layering techniques. We will be working mostly with synthetic fabrics and transfer paints (disperse dyes). Learn how to use disperse dyes/transfer paints to create beautiful effects and then use heat tools to distress and work into your fabrics. This course would be suitable for anyone wishing to develop layered, stitched surfaces. You will have time to create a range of 2 and 3 dimensional samples to develop at a later date. www.kimthittichai.com
Cost: £130.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Another regular workshop from Janice but 'a must' for anyone wanting to know more about dyeing, and especially those new to dyeing and wanting to know where to start.
Dyeing with Confidence
Tues 9th Sept
A Dyeing Dabble Day
Tutor: Janice Gunner

Spend the day dabbling and experimenting with some easy dyeing techniques using Procion fibre reactive dyes, disperse dyes and acid dyes. Using a variety of both natural and synthetic fabrics, you will be amazed at the effects that can be achieved quickly with simple methods and basic equipment. You will produce a range of samples for use in your work or as useful reference resource for the future. www.janicegunner.co.uk
Cost: £48.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Susan Stuart and Carol Cann are two of the artists involved with the 'In Parallel' exhibition held here in June. These two workshops will reflect some of the work that was seen there. First of all Susan Stuart, who has recently been working primarily with print, is presenting this inspirational workshop.
Big and Bold and NOT Lino
Fri 12th Sept
Printmaking Workshop
Tutor: Susan Stuart

Create vibrant multi-coloured elimination prints. No previous printmaking skills are required; it is a perfect introduction to printmaking. Bring your own, 'inspiring', drawing or photograph or just work intuitively on the day. Do not expect your print to contain anything but an exciting essence of your original.
Cost: £32.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Carol has long been established as a doyenne of water-soluble-film stitch techniques. Here she will be showing you something of how she creates her beautiful, intricate, lacy panels, hangings and accessories.
Poetic Lace
Sat 13th Sept
Tutor: Carol Cann

Take your favourite poem and immortalize it in a lacy fabric for framing or soft hanging or wearing, using water soluble film, threads, other embellishments and your imagination. Sewing machine, darning foot and familiarity with your machine essential.
Cost: £28.00

Julia Triston is best know for the stitch school 'Stitchbusiness' (run from her studio in Durham with Tracey Franklin) and for her 'bra-ra-dresses' series, one of which she famously wore on the Fourth Plinth in 2009. Since then her book 'How to be Creative in Textile Art' was published by Batsford.
Creative Contemporary Appliqué
Two Day Workshop Tues 16th & Wed 17th Sept
Tutor: Julia Triston

Come and create contemporary appliquéd surfaces. Bond, patch, piece, layer and collage recycled fabrics with mixed media to build exciting textural textiles! www.juliatriston.com
Cost: £89.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Mixed Media Mixture
Thurs 18th Sept
Tutor: Lynda Monk

Come and spend the day creating as many mixed media techniques as we can fit in! We will sample the basic techniques along with discussions of ideas and suggestions on how to take them further. A veritable play day! www.purplemissus.com
Cost: £43.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)


We're delighted that Edwina MacKinnon has been able to fit us into her schedule for her first visit here!
Making Marks, Making Stitches
Two Day Workshop Fri 19th & Sat 20th Sept
Tutor: Edwina MacKinnon

Designing for the terrified! If the 'D' word frightens you then this 2 day workshop could reduce the fear dramatically! Come along and have fun discovering how to use simple techniques to produce original designs for own stitched textiles. www.edwinamac.blogspot.com
Cost: £89.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

One of Angie's favourite surfaces is velvet and she presented her 'Exploring Velvet' workshop for us in September last year. That workshop was such a huge hit that Angie has revisited the subject again but this time giving it a twist. It is suitable for anyone discovering the subject for the first time, as well as those who have attended the previous workshop.
Further Explorations in Velvet
Two Day Workshop Wed 24th & Thurs 25th Sept
Tutor: Angie Hughes

This workshop will further explore the effects achieved on velvet with dyes, inks and bleaching back, together with transfoils, glitters and Lumiere paint. In addition you will also explore other mixed media techniques using image transfer, paperclay, household filler and embossing powders. The whole work will then be topped off with hand and machine embroidery. www.angiehughes.com
Cost: £85.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

In Residence
Sat 27th Sept 10.30 - 3pm
Clare Bullock - Lynda Monk - Sharon Osborne

Drop in any time to see these artists at work in their respective areas - feltmaking; thermofax & printing; mixed media & stitch; and feltmaking. 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 Thurs 13th May, Sat 12th April, Sat 29th Nov

Forms and Structures
Two Day Workshop Tues 30th Sep & Wed 1st Oct
Tutor: Bobby Britnell

This course will focus on methods of creating 3 dimensional structures using mixed media approaches. Students will be introduced to techniques of creating new surfaces with which to build these experimental forms and structures. We will look at ideas from artists that work in 3 dimensions to inspire this method of working as well as exploring everyday artefacts and our immediate surrounds. www.bobbybritnell.co.uk
Cost: £89.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Creative Fabric Colouration
Wed 15th Oct
Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

During this workshop we will be experimenting with quick and simple ways that we can colour small amounts of fabric. Some of the techniques covered will include fabric dyeing, crystal printing, simple shibori, transfer painting, and painted Bondaweb. All basic methods being extended where possible. Ideally suited to beginners and those who want to extend their repertoire or be reminded of techniques and how to develop them. www.paulineverrinder.com
Cost: £37.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Love Your Sketchbooks
Thurs 16th Oct
Tutor: Vanda Campbell

Suitable for both fine and textile artists, this workshop will focus on experimenting and exploring new ideas and techniques. Topics covered will include mixed media, quick pencil sketches, collages and montages, and there will be plenty of hints and tips showing you how to enjoy working effectively in your sketchbooks. www.vandacampbell.blogspot.com
Cost: £39.00

We feel incredibly privileged and honoured to be able to host a small part of the wonderful retrospective exhibition of the work of Margaret Nicholson as seen last year at the Knitting & Stitching shows. The original exhibition, to celebrate the centenary of Margaret Nicholson's birth, was curated by her daughter, Anthea Godfrey. Also an icon within the world of embroidery and fashion, Anthea dedicated nearly two years of her time to painstakingly restore and display her mother's work, making the inspirational exhibition possible.
To coincide with this exhibition Anthea Godfrey is presenting an evening talk and a workshop.
The Life and Work of Margaret Nicholson, 1913-2006
An Icon of Stitch
A Soirée
Fri 17th Oct at 7pm
Presented by Anthea Godfrey

In this illustrated talk Anthea Godfrey will tell the story of her mother's life and work from her early creative background, through art college, designing and teaching to becoming the inspiration and role-model for so many artists and embroiderers, from her contemporaries to the modern day. The Margaret Nicholson biographical video will be shown as well as actual examples of her timeless drawings and designs; Or Nué and hand-beading.
Cost: £5.00, Includes refreshments.

Hand-Beaded Necklace
Sat 18th Oct
Tutor: Anthea Godfrey

Two of Margaret Nicholson's great passions were hand-beading (derived from haute couture) and Or Nué. Her daughter, Anthea Godfrey has continued in these skilful textile artforms. This one-day workshop will give you a rare opportunity to be shown some of the specialist techniques that were used in Margaret Nicholsonís staggeringly beautiful hand-beaded necklaces. First of all you will be taught how to dye your own beads using bead-dye. Then, on a pre-prepared frame that you will be given, Anthea will show you how to prepare the foundation and start to hand-bead your necklace. You will learn various techniques and see the structure and design evolve in your work. At the end of the day you will have enough knowledge to be able to complete the necklace. in your own time. Anthea will also show you finishing techniques.
Cost: £38.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Surfacing
Two Day Workshop Tues 21 & Wed 22nd Oct
Tutor: Diane Bates

This workshop offers the opportunity to explore a personal source as a vehicle for generating ideas which can be carried through into a finished piece of stitched textiles around the theme 'Surfacing'. You will need to select one or two words associated with the meaning of 'surfacing'. Imagery used as source material needs to have a connection with those words. You will then be exploring a number of appropriate techniques and processes, for example: distress, distort, shredding, branding, layering, texture etc - as inspired by the original source.
Cost: £80.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Textured Treasures
Two Day Workshop Thurs 23 & Fri 24th Oct
Tutor: Frances Pickering

Make a book with a rich textured cover and an antique look. Combine fabric and lace with montage effects using all sorts of printed and hand written ephemera. Finished mainly by machine, but also with a touch of hand stitch. www.frannyp.co.uk
Cost: £85.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Exploration of Discharge 'Mark-Making' and Stitchwork
Tutor: Clive Barnett
Wed 29th Oct

This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn how to discharge-print on dark coloured fabric to create a printed surface, for use in a variety of textile settings. You will learn discharge printing techniques to show you how to develop your own printed 'mark making', explore imagery and textured patterns that can be used as a base for further fabric printing or stitch work. Then you will apply simple hand stitch work onto or over the discharged printed fabric, creating pattern and texture to the cloth. We will be exploring the 'Kantha' stitch and how it can be used to complement or contrast with your discharged printed fabric samples.
Cost: £48.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
All equipment provided by the tutor
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

The Poetry of Decay: Exploring Surface and Texture
Two Day Workshop Thurs 30th & Fri 31st Oct
Tutor: Jo Lovelock

Using the often unappreciated beauty of decaying surfaces as inspiration, experiment with a variety of mixed media techniques to create a range of contrasting surfaces on paper. Further develop these into compositions or explore ways of translating your ideas to fabric. www.handdyedfabric.co.uk
Cost: £85.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Painting with Fibres
Tues 4th Nov
Tutor: Clare Bullock

Come along for a fun filled day to learn the skills and techniques required to create a multi layered piece of felted art incorporating the use of pre-felts. The finished piece will be a well-finished wool fabric that could be used purely as a decorative piece, or will be substantial enough to be taken further into a functonal item such as a bag or a cushion.
Cost: £35.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)
If required, there will be a charge of £8.00 for a bamboo blind

Glitz & Glisten
Wed 5th Nov
Tutor: Jo Mabbutt

A Metallics and Iridescents Fest! Work with glitzy real metal leaf & metallic transfer foil and glistening metallic & iridescent powders. Experiment, print & stencil on paper and other bases and build up patterns and designs that could be further embellished or used for Christmas projects. www.jmdecorativeart.co.uk
Cost: £35.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)


What if. . .? ways of Working with Mixed Media and Stitch
Two Day Workshop Thurs 6th & Fri 7th Nov
Tutor: Amanda Hislop

What if and why not? let your work grow and unfold in an exploratory workshop creating surfaces for stitched textiles and mixed media. Working with fabric, paper, and a restricted colour palette explore expressive mark making as a means to generate exciting imagery to develop into textile and mixed media work. www.amandahisloptextileartist.com
Cost: £85.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Reclaimed Papers!
Two Day Workshop Tues 11th & Wed 12th Nov
Tutor: Kim Thittichai

This workshop discovers and develops the redemptive qualities of old newspapers. Create fascinating surfaces on which to print and stitch. Using painted Bondaweb, gilding flake, print and stitch 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 and demonstrate the striking contrasts of the media. www.kimthittichai.com
Cost: £87.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Explosions of Colour using Paper and Collage
Two day workshop Fri 14th & Sat 15th Nov
Tutor: Ruth Issett

Enter the exciting world of cutting and tearing using glorious coloured paper surfaces to create rich and exotic collages. You will colour, feel and manipulate papers, using them in a variety of ways to express visual ideas. Be prepared to use your fingers, to get good & sticky while immersing yourself in a glorious pool of colour!
Cost: £94.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

Christmas Card Design with Botanical Painting
Tutor: Jill Winch
Fri 21st Nov

Impress your friends and family by sending them a Christmas card using your own painting. In this one day workshop Jill will give you ideas and suggestions for a design. www.jillwinch.com
Cost: £27.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

Personal Statements
Two Day Workshop Thurs 27th & Fri 28th Nov
Tutor: Alysn Midgelow Marsden

Who hasn't got favourite phrases, sayings and quotations which stick with you and remind you of someone or make a pertinent statement to you? Some might be famous whilst others are personal or family sayings. Combining one of these phrases with a simple version of the Korean pojaki technique to make translucent patchwork cloths will create an ethereal textile with a personal message or statement. In this workshop you will create painted, printed, embossed and textured metal cloths, and take one or even a part of your quote and stitch it onto metal cloth and lutradur. The individual cloths you have created will be assembled into a panel and finished with the careful placement of beads, buttons, stitch or other edgings. www.alysnsburntofferings.blogspot.co.uk
Cost: £99.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

In Residence
Sat 29th Nov 10.30 - 3pm
Clare Bullock - Lynda Monk - Sharon Osborne

Drop in any time to see these artists at work in their respective areas: feltmaking; thermofax & printing; mixed media & stitch; and feltmaking. 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 Sat 12th April, Thurs 13th May, Sat 27th Sept

Piecing and Patching in Felt Making
Two Day Workshop Tues 2nd & Wed 3rd Dec
Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

Reconstructing felt by collage and stitch, using appliqué and patchwork techniques. Exploring the potential of the left over bits and pieces of finished felt or prefelts and how they can be transformed into new designs. Sampling various felted structures and pattern ideas for future one off art works, interior or fashion items. www.jeanetteappleton.com
Cost: £117.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10



That's it for now but watch out for more!
There were so many workshops we wanted to have during our Birthday Year we just couldn't fit any more in - bit like trying to fit a quart into a pint pot, so we've spilled over into 2015!
That part will have to be published a little later.....




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.


Busy Bees

Celtic Inspiration for Stitch and Mixed Media
Thursday 10th April, 10am - 4pm
A talk and demo with Maggie Grey
Duffryn Community Centre, Lighthouse Road, Newport, Gwent NP10 8YD


We all so enjoyed Maggie Grey's talk and demonstration in the last programme that we have asked her back. This time Maggie will give a talk on Celtic Inspiration for Stitch and Mixed Media followed by demos on how she constructs her metal and stitch pieces based on illuminated manuscripts. Clive, Maggie's husband, will come into his own and will demonstrate wire techniques - very useful for stitchers. We only have 60 tickets for sale. These will go very quickly so buy your tickets early. Cost: £20.00 (including refreshments).


Busy Bees Patchwork (WOW)
tel. 07809 714959
email sandra@busybeespatchwork.com
web site www.busybeespatchwork.com.


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