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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 or phone 01278 652089.

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For further details, call Liz on 0033 5 65 31 88 51

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Metal Magic - Stitching into Metal for Beginners
Tues 3rd March
Tutor: Lynda Swaine

This course is designed to give you confidence when stitching into metal. This course will describe a selection of materials available on the market and will explain the best ones to use for stitching. These will include copper, brass, pewter, aluminium, coloured foils, metal fabric, wire mesh and knitted wire. You will be heat-distressing some metals to create exciting colours and shown how to emboss patterns. You will also discover how metal can be distressed using natural products. Then you will explore the best methods of stitching into different types of metal. Metals can often be used to great effect to enhance art or textile work and this course should inspire new creativity, so come and explore the possibilities. Lynda's own samples and explorations will be available to consider. Full written instrructions, plus 'goodie bags' containing samples of various types of metals etc for you to experiment with, will be included in the workshop price.
Cost: £36.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

Sarah Burgess, a member of the Textile Study Group, was a featured artist at 'Art in Action' at Waterperry in 2013 & 2014. Sarah taught art, design and textiles in colleges for many years and she has recently completed a MA in Textiles at Manchester School of Art. We are delighted that Sarah has put this workshop together for us!
Interior Landscapes
Two Day Workshop Wed 4th March - Thurs 5th March
Tutor: Sarah Burgess

Travelling through landscape we absorb colour, shape, line and mark both consciously and unconsciously. The ancient and the contemporary; the country and the city, they collide and overlap in our imaginations. Using your own landscape source material as the starting point for a series of mono-print sketches we will build accidental and intentional printed marks on experimental surfaces. Working with stitch and mark-making we will move between fabric and paper to explore the design potential of a range of techniques including several types of mono-print. Paper and fabric prints incorporating text, stitch and mark can be layered, fabrics inserted, contrasts explored and shapes exaggerated to create a personal idea of landscape rather than a specific-place. Following on from a series of initial exercises, you will be encouraged to develop your ideas individually supported by tutorials and group discussion. You will have the opportunity to produce a series of print and stitch sketches which may be studies for more resolved work or artwork in their own right. This workshop is suitable for both enthusiastic beginners and more experienced students.
Cost: £110 (inc £5.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Following the wonderful exhibition of Margaret Nicholson's work we were priveleged to have at Art Van Go in the autumn, Anthea Godfrey has returned to introduce the 'Or Nué' technique that was such a big feature, and was also so much admired.
Or Nué
Sat 7th March
Tutor: Anthea Godfrey

Or Nué 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. Historically, a gift of Or Nue was considered the most precious artifact that Royalty, the Church or the State could bestow on visiting dignitaries from Europe in the Middle Ages. Time consuming and exacting, specialist workshops and religious communities would work in groups to produce large pieces which had been designed by the artists of the time. These were in the main religious in nature depicting Bible stories, angels and Gothic architecture. The embroiderers would work on painted linen (stretched tightly on a frame), using handmade needles, silk and pure gold thread. These metallic threads would be made of beaten gold strips spun round red pure silk threads. Like all things, the technique fell out of fashion but was resurrected by Beryl Dean and Margaret Nicholson. Beryl Dean took the biblical themes of the Middle Ages and developed some exquisite pieces utilizing the ancient method of shading using Or Nue in the traditional vertical or horizontal mode. Margaret Nicholson took the technique and, using her own style of design, developed glittering surfaces using gorgeous colours in silk and metal thread experimenting with direction and surface embellishment. The aim of this one-day workshop is to introduce you to the complexities of undertaking this ancient skill and to develop new ways of developing ideas.
Cost: £35.00 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

We have a real treat for you with Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn collaborating on a workshop here at Art Van Go!! You will enjoy the benefits of the tuition and expertise from both of these eminent artists in structured sessions over this two day period.
Textured Cloth
Two Day Workshop Tues 10th - Wed 11th March
Tutors: Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

Jan and Jean will work through innovative methods of constructing cloths from bold, robust textiles to fragile, gossamer ones. They will consider using a combination of hand and machine stitching with mixed media where appropriate.
Cost: £125.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

Rust Marks
Two Day Workshop Wed 12th - Thurs 13th March
Tutor: Alice Fox

Taking an experimental approach you will learn about the potential for using rusty objects for printing and dyeing on cloth and paper. You will make a range of unique sample prints. These will then be used as a basis for a series of small scale assemblages and collages with hand stitch. Bring along some small rusty objects of your own and see what potential they hold.
Cost: £83.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

The Textured Sea Floor
Saturday 21st March
Tutor: Nodeen Salmon

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.
Cost: £35.00

Embroidered Cards & Boxes
Wed 25th March
Tutor: Alex Waylett

Spend a fabulous day creating your own layered fabric whilst exploring the multitude of decorative stitches available on your sewing machine. Whilst learning about the different materials available to the textile artist you will combine colour texture and stitch to produce a layered sample which will be constructed into cards and /or a decorative box. Ideal workshop for beginners in machine embroidery as well as the more experienced machinist.
Cost: £38.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

Small Book, Pefectly Formed
Two Day Workshop Fri 27th - Sat 28th March
Tutor: Frances Pickering

The ultimate course on how to make the most amazing, tiny books.
Cost: £85.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Stitch in Felt
Two Day Workshop Tues 31st March - Wed 1st April
Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

To be aware of the potential of embroidery techniques at each stage of the felting process. In the layering of merino tops and the bonding of stitched fabric and threads within the surface. The use of pre-felts for patchwork and appliqué, with further embellishment by hand stitch. Through exercises and personal tutorials, participants will explore new approaches and working methods. Creating many ideas for future one off textiles, interior or fashion items.
Cost: £117.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

An Introduction to Lino Cut Printing
Tues 7th April
Tutor: Anna Pye

Enter the creative world of lino-cut printing! This will be a fun day learning about tools, types of lino-papers and inks, and covering the basics of lino cutting and printing. You will experiment on sample pieces of different types of lino, using the gouges, to gain a feel for the tools and the versatility of the marks that can be achieved, then you will select one of the lino types to use for your block. Designs for the block will be discussed with bold, graphic and simple ideas achieving the best results. Once your block is cut you will learn to accurately 'register' the block before inking it and 'pulling' the print by hand. Then there's the excitement of peeling back the paper and revealing the print! Warning!! This could become a serious addiction!!
Cost: £48.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)
All of the specialist materials needed for the workshop are provided as part of the charge.

Soy Wax and Procion Dye
Thurs 9th April
Tutor: Cherry Vernon-Harcourt

This workshop is designed to give you the opportunity to try different ways of using Soy Wax and Procion MX dye with cotton fabric. There will be demonstrations of different techniques and then you will be able to experiment for yourself. The idea is to go home with lots of samples of techniques rather than a magnum opus! Demonstrations will include applying hot soy wax to cotton fabric using metal tools, tjantings, metal shapes, alphabets, numbers, and a bent fork! Fabric will be folded and clamped before having wax applied. Fabric will be pole wrapped and brushed with wax in preparation for bucket dyeing. Wax will be applied to silk screens which can be used later for printing. You will then try all these different techniques with guidance from the Cherry. Finally, there will be a demonstration of printing with the waxed screens using thickened procion MX dye with the opportunity to try it out!
Cost: £46.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

More Stitches and Doodles
Friday 10th 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. You will be encouraged to use your machine to accurately draw and write by following simple exercises, increasing control and confidence. The resulting samples will have a quirky style that is easy to achieve even for beginners and will be suitable for application to numerous projects. This is an ideal workshop for beginners but should also be enough of a challenge for those with more experience in machine embroidery. In keeping with Gina's belief that armed with both a mastery of stitches and a thorough knowledge of your sewing machine, you will be able to tackle any machine embroidery project you wish, this workshop places emphasis on gaining perfect control of your stitches through some fun samples.
Cost: £36.00

Make Your Mark
Sat 11th April
Using discharge printing on textiles
Tutor: Clive Barnett

During the morning you will explore discharge printing techniques using silk screens or mono-printing onto natural fabric, creating your own 'mark making'. In the afternoon you can either hand-stitch into your printed fabric or you can continue to build up your own collection of discharged printed samples that you can stitch into at a later date. All equipment/silk screens/fabric provided for this workshop by the tutor.
Cost: £54.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
All equipment provided by the tutor.
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

What if?
Less is more working with mixed media and stitch
Two Day Workshop Tues 14th - Wed 15th April
Tutor: Amanda Hislop

Working with restraints of simple materials and limited colour combinations let work grow and unfold in an exploratory workshop creating subtle and dynamic surfaces to stitch and work with mixed media. Transform and manipulate a variety of papers, fabric scraps and muslin scrim, into layered surfaces to work with hand and machine stitch using only white and neutral threads, with grey or black as an option. Let the work unfold; add layers of restricted colour combinations revealing subtle and surprising effects. What would happen if the surface is further developed, by cutting, fragmenting, rearranging, folding, further stitch ...follow your own creative pathway to inspire imaginative outcomes. Suitable for those with an open mind and desire to explore and who enjoy the challenge of intuitive experimentation, exploration and extension of creative boundaries. Enjoy the freedom to develop a collection of paper and mixed media samples, exploring the creative potential of line, colour and texture in textiles and mixed media.
Cost: £85.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Feltmaking for Beginners
Wed 16th April
Tutor: Clare Bullock

This workshop is designed to teach a beginner coming to feltmaking how to lay out fibres to create a truly lovely, even piece of felt that you will be proud of. The day will cover, amongst other things, why wool shrinks, the best fibres to use for your project, colour mixing your wool by carding, making up prefelts, and making simple 3D objects. All of this can easily be achieved using wools, soap, water and good old fashion elbow grease. There will be plenty of samples and different books to read. With just a little flare and imagination the possibilities are endless.
Cost: £37.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)
If required, there will be a charge of £8.00 for a bamboo blind

Creative Fabric Colouration
Sat 18th April
Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

During this workshop we will be experimenting with quick and simple ways to colour small amounts of fabric. Techniques covered will include fabric and thread dyeing in a jar, crystal printing, simple shibori techniques, direct painting and others, time permitting. Ideally suited to beginners and those who want to extend their repertoire or be reminded of techniques and how to develop them.
Cost: £37.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Indigo Shibori
Tues 21st April
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!
Cost: £48.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Exploring Thermofax Screens
Two Day Workshop Friday 1st May - Sat 2nd May
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.
Cost: £81.00 (inc £15.00 materials charge)

Love your Gelli
Two Day Workshop Tues 5th May - Weds 6th May
Tutor: Alison Hulme

An introduction to Gelli plate printing. You will have an 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 asquilts, bags or cloths at a later time.
Cost: £70.00 (inc £10 materials charge)

Friday 8th May
Tutor: Alex Waylett

Create a sumptuous and tactile piece of embroidery using a simple but highly decorative quilting technique. By combining your own colour combination of silks, velvets and a bit of sparkle, with traditional free machine embroidery techniques you will create a contemporary piece that lends itself to bags, wall hangings, haberdashery, cushion covers - the list is endless!
Cost: £38.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

In Residence
Sat 9th May, 10.00 - 3pm
Clare Bullock - Sharon Osborne

Drop in any time to see these artists at work in their respective areas - feltmaking, mixed media & 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 Sat 28th Feb - Tues 2nd June - Thurs 9th July - Thurs 10th Sept - Sat 7th Nov

All Stitched Up!
Three Day Workshop Tues 12th May to Thurs 14th May
Tutor: Julia Triston

Take your machine where it has never been before! Come along to collage, bond and embellish mixed media surfaces with free machine embroidery. Create a stunning set of samples and generate lots of ideas for future projects!
Cost: £149.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Embroidered Clutch Bag
Friday 15th May
Tutor: Alex Waylett

An opportunity to design and create a fully lined and embroidered clutch bag in a day. The day is spent firstly embellishing your chosen fabric, using the darning foot to add definition and some sparkle to your chosen design. The remainder of the day will be spent constructing your bag using the provided template and materials. You will work at your own pace and, even if you have little machining experience, you will come away with a beautiful clutch bag to be proud of!
Cost: £39.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Irises in Watercolours
Sat 16th May
Tutor: Jill Winch

One of the most beautiful flowers. The transparent petals are seen in a variety of colours from the palest peaches to the more dramatic deep burgundy. In this one day workshop Jill will guide you through the process of painting Irises in watercolour. All levels welcome.
Cost: £27.00

Copper Embossing meets Rusty Fabric
Two Day Workshop Tues 19th May - Wed 20th May
Tutor: Lin Brown

Let's explore the many exciting techniques of metal embossing and combine them with some rusty fabric to create a collage that you will be happy to display in your home.
Cost: £75.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

Texture with a Hot Twist
Thurs 21st May
Tutor: Marilyn Pipe

On this course you will have the chance to explore all the products that you may have purchased but not found time to experiment with! An exciting course trying different ways to make 'new' fabrics that may be enhanced with stitch or incorporated into a planned project.
Cost: £42.00 (inc £6 materials charge)

Drawing - Natural Forms
Weds 27th May
Tutor: Suzy Drake

Using natural forms as your starting point, this is a chance to practise your drawing skills whilst aiming to produce a finished piece of work. You will have fun with different materials and techniques and get even more creative with your drawing.
Cost: £27.00

In Residence
Tues 2nd June 10.30 - 4pm
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. 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 28th Feb - Sat 9th May - Thurs 9th July - Thurs 10th Sept - Sat 7th Nov

Eco Printing
Two Day Workshop Wed 3rd June - Thurs 4th June
Tutor: Caroline Bell

Learn the basics of Eco Printing on paper and fabric. Discover how the use of mordants, and other everyday household substances, can alter outcomes. Find out which leaves give the best results. Students will have the opportunity to experiment on fabric and paper and come away with a silk scarf, a cloth on which to work and a selection of papers.
Cost: £67.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Marvellous Monoprinting
Sat 6th June
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.
Cost: £52.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

In Residence Special
Janice Gunner 'On Reflection'

Thurs 28th - Sat 30th May
To coincide with the exhibition by Janice Gunner held in the Art Van Go gallery we have a special 'In Residence'. Over this three day period Janice will be using the space in the gallery to produce a new work. You will be able to witness her progress as Janice creates fabrics using dyeing and printing processes then incorporates them in a large stitched piece.

Creating Original Designs
Two Day Workshop Tues 9th June - Wed 10th 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.
Cost: £88.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

Creating Layers
Thurs 11th June
Using Procion dyes and silk-screen printing on textiles
Tutor: Clive Barnett

In this workshop you will explore different ways of using 'Resist' printing techniques with silk screens, to create layers of printed images based on your own designs. At a future date you can expressively 'mark-make' by hand or machine stitching into your own printed samples. All equipment/silk screens/fabric and materials provided for this workshop by the tutor.
Cost: £54.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
All equipment provided by the tutor
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Summer Fruits with Coloured Pencils
Friday 12th June
Tutor: Jill Winch

In this one day workshop, Jill will show you how to use coloured pencils to paint summer fruits, and berries, from creating the sheen on a glossy apples to the bloom on fruits such as grapes and peaches. All levels welcome.
Cost: £27.00

This is the second opportunity in this programme to take part in this introductory workshop. Lino printing, along with many other print processes, is experiencing a resurgance in popularity, so come along and discover the joys of creating your own series of prints.
An Introduction to Lino Cut Printing
Tues 16th June
Tutor: Anna Pye

Enter the creative world of lino cut printing! Enjoy a fun day learning about tools, types of linopapers and inks. You will cut your design, ink up your block and print it by hand on a variety of papers. Warning - this could become a serious addiction!!
Cost: £48.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)
All of the specialist materials needed for the workshop are provided as part of the charge.

Paper Transformations
Two Day Workshop Friday 10th July - Sat 11th July
Tutor: Brenda Parsons

Come and be excited by the amazing flexibility of paper. Explore surface texture and colour, using machine and hand stitch, to create your own collection of samples, personal cloths and 3D forms, using a variety of found and hand-made papers with fabric.
Cost: £74.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Summer School
Textures and Surface in Felt
Tues 14th July - Thurs 16th July
Three Day Workshop
Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

You will be exploring the structures of various natural and synthetic fibres to create interesting patterns and textures within the felt surface. Sampling surface contrasts and compositional ideas for future one off textiles, interior or fashion items.
Cost: £185.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

Summer Gathering!!!
Fri 17th and Sat 18th July

This was so good when we put it on in May last year (part of our 25th celebrations) that we're doing it again! Pay us a visit during these two days and be inspired by a different 'gathering' of artists working here in the gallery each day. There will be refreshments available, ideally in the garden (weather permitting), and maybe a pop-up shop or two!!

Stitches and Doodles - Taking it Further
Tues 21st July
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 or without text. Ideal for those who have attended previous 'Stitches and Doodles' workshops but accessible for those who are just beginning with free machine embroidery
Cost: £36.00

Eco Dyeing
Friday 24th July
Tutor: Jenny Leslie

Using techniques from India Flint's workshops, you will learn how to use natural leaves gathered from your garden and countryside around you to make beautiful naturally dyed cloth and paper.
Cost: £34.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Tray Dyeing - Conjuring Colour & Texture
Two Day Workshop Fri 31st July - Sat 1st August
Tutor: Christine Chester

Dyeing in buckets, dyeing in trays and dyeing on plastic - have fun creating colour and texture on fabric using procion dyes, kebab sticks, cat litter trays and acrylic shapes amongst other things!
Cost: £87.00 (inc £5 materials charge)

The Magic of Colour Theory
Thurs 6th Aug
Tutor: Kimberley Bevan

During the day, you will gain a sound background understanding of how colour works. Through a series of exercises you will explore practical applications and generate a more controlled and confident use of colour.
Cost: £35.00 (inc £5.00 materials charges)

Wax & Ink Sketchbook
Thurs 13th Aug
Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

A small sketchbook will become the catalyst for an inspirational day of playing with wax and ink resist techniques, using oil pastels, ink and/or watercolours. You will cut, stick and even stitch into the colourful pages, enabling you to further develop your initial ideas. You will be provided with the sketchbook; all you need is source material, basic equipment and a willingness to relax and play.
Cost: £38.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Papermaking with Textiles
Two Day Workshop Friday 14th Aug - Sat 15th Aug
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.
Cost: £87.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)

Summer School
Where Sea Meets Shore - in Texture, Colour & Stitch
Four Day Workshop Wed 19th - Sat 22nd Aug
Tutor: Amanda Hislop

Look at the shoreline; the hidden inter-tidal place revealed when the sea inspire and reveal ideas through spontaneous experimentation,combining papers and colour, creating tactile surfaces to develop with line and texture in machine stitch.
Cost: £160.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Lost and Found
Four Day Workshop Wed 26th - Sat 29th Aug
Tutor: Alice Fox

Taking an experimental approach you will be working with a range of found rusty objects to explore the possibilities for mark making, dyeing and stitch on paper and fabric. Further work in collage and experimental stitch will follow exploring different ways of joining, patching, marking and embellishing.
Cost: £158.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Textural Book Wraps
Two Day Workshop Wed 2nd Sept - Thurs 3rd Sept
Tutor: Angie Hughes

These little book-wraps are constructed using woven strips of printed fabrics. Learn how to transfer text onto fabrics, using letter blocks, photocopies and typewritten lettering. Layered with transparent organza and machine embroidered the surface of the wrap has a heavily textured quality. Finish off with handmade beads and other closure ideas.
Cost: £89.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

A Journey in Mixed Media
Fri 4th Sept
Tutor: Marilyn Pipe

This fun course is designed to start or increase an interest in using mixed media in unusual and exciting ways, by mastering simple techniques to personalise ones work.
Cost: £40.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Dyeing with Confidence
Sat 5th Sept
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.
Cost: £48.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Hot Textiles
Two Day Workshop Tues 8th Sept - Wed 9th Sept
Tutor: Kim Thittichai
Develop new skills and techniques with irons, heat guns and soldering irons. Experiment with Tyvek, Lutradur, Xandaprint, Bondaweb and so much more. We will create amazing surfaces for stitch which can then be worked into to make boxes, book covers - the choice is yours!
Cost: £92.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Surfaces and Embellishment
Friday 11th Sept - Sat 12th Sept
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)

Field Study
Friday 18th Sept
Using Procion dyed mono-printing onto fabric
Tutor: Clive Barnett

You might create abstract, or traditional, inspired landscapes. I provide the fabric and mark-making tools, you bring the inspiration from the rural/natural world around you, from pictures or pieces of writing. Each of you, using printing techniques, will re-create vistas and landscapes echoing the rhythm and pattern of man's influence on his surroundings.
Cost: £54.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
All equipment provided by the tutor.
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Wax & Screen
Wed 23rd Sept
Tutor: Cherry Vernon-Harcourt

This workshop is designed to give you the opportunity to try different and exciting ways of using Soy Wax and Procion MX dye with cotton fabric. There will be demonstrations of different techniques and you can then experiment for yourself! The idea is to go home with samples of techniques rather than a magnum opus!
Cost: £46.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

In Residence
Thurs 10th Sept 10.30 - 4pm
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. 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 28th Feb - Sat 9th May - Tues 2nd June - Thurs 9th July - Sat 7th Nov

Stitching Between the Lines
Three Day Workshop Tues 15th to Thurs 17th 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.
Cost: £149.00 (inc £3 materials charge)

Inspired by Ben Nicholson
Two Day Workshop Tues 29th Sept - Wed 30th Sept
Tutor: Bobby Britnell

An exciting course which explores mixed media approaches to design using the work of artist Ben Nicholson as the inspirational springboard. The sampling of ideas will be encouraged and documented in a sketchbook with further explorations into fabric and stitch.
Cost: £92.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Seed-heads in Pen and Ink
Friday 9th Oct
Tutor: Jill Winch

Seed-heads are stunning created in pen and ink. In this one day workshop Jill will show you how to produce seed-heads such as poppies, artichokes, sunflowers in pen and ink, using blacks, sepias and coloured inks. All levels welcome.
Cost: £27.00

The Permanent Wave
Two Day Workshop Tues 13th Oct - Wed 14th Oct
Tutor: Siân Martin

Students will create dramatic relief shapes in fabric using the simple Japanese method of steam setting. Tie and stitch into different formations then steam to set into permanent waves and other exciting formations.
Cost: £85.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Abstracted Land
Sketchbook development with mixed media
Two Day Workshop Thurs 15th Oct - Friday 16th Oct
Tutor: Amanda Hislop

A sketchbook development workshop, using drawn lines, resist and colour washes, collage, cutting, tearing and folding techniques, to free up and create expressive sketchbook pages and design ideas for textiles and mixed media, taking an abstracted view of landscape with the option to include hand stitch to further enhance the surface.
Cost: £84.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

Abstraction on the Embellisher
Tues 20th Oct
Tutor: Annette Morgan

This is a follow-on workshop from an embellisher workshop in the spring and can be used to further your work, but is also suitable for a one-off workshop. Annette will show you how you can abstract an image, to simplify and create a bold design, and then how to use the embellisher and sewing machine to create small embroidered pieces which can be framed.
Cost: £45.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Just One Sheet
Three Day Workshop Thurs 22nd Oct - Sat 24th Oct
Tutor: Frances Pickering

This course gives a unique opportunity to create a small book and start to fill it. Using just one sheet of fabric for the cover and the page. You will use gesso and some fabric paint, then finish with machine or hand
Cost: £110.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Felt Hats
Tues 27th Oct
Tutor: Clare Bullock

An opportunity to make a stylish seamless hat using merino wools, silks and fabrics for embellishment - a perfect item for your winter wardrobe! Let your imagination run wild and see what you can create. It's very therapeutic and you will be making something totally unique! You can either bring your own equipment and materials or you can purchase a full kit from Clare so you can continue your new found skill at home. Skills learnt on this workshop will enable you to go on to create flat pieces as well as other 3D items on your own, or you could go on to try other workshops.
Cost: £39.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

All Wired Up 1
Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

Weds 28th Oct - Thurs 29th Oct
Constructing forms using a combination of wire, fabric, and thread will be the main thrust of the day. Jewellery, various forms, shapes, vessels and installations are all possible in the long term, but we will start small and build. We will be working with wired free machine embroidery and hand stitch techniques. See 'It's a Paradox' below
Cost: £72.00 (inc £5.00 materials change)

Exploring Colour and Dyes
Two Day Workshop Friday 30th Oct - Saturday 31st Oct
Tutor: Maria Boyle

Explore colour and direct dyes. Understand colour theory and dye effects and layer colour onto cloth with dyes, dye pastes, resists and discharge paste. Suitable for all levels of experience.
Cost: £94.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Colour, Cut, Stitch
Two Day Workshop Tues 3rd Nov - Wed 4th Nov
Tutor: Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

A new workshop, based on ideas from Alysn's book 'Stitch, Fibre, Metal and Mixed Media'. Create a panel from woven metal cloth, the reflective surface of metal shim and the subtle sheen of silk and iridescent paint and textures in stitch and beads.
Cost: £99.00 (inc £5.00 materials change)

'It's a Paradox'
Exhibition of textile and mixed-media work by Lynda Monk and Pauline Verrinder
'...harmonious in the contradiction of styles'
22nd Sept - 31st Oct

The two workshops 'All Wired Up' 1 & 2 from these two artists perfectly demonstrate the concept of the exhibition. Each will be tackling a similar subject with contrasting but complementary approaches.
See 28th & 29th Oct and 5th & 6th Nov

All Wired Up 2
Two Day Workshop Thurs 5th Nov - Friday 6th Nov
Tutor: Lynda Monk

You will be constructing forms using a combination of designs printed on to Lutradur using Xpandaprint and cotton covered wire. The consructed fabric will then be manipulated into 3D forms vessels or boxes. There will be the opprtunity to experiment with colouring and displaying the finished pieces. See 'It's a Paradox' below , opposite
Cost: £81.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

In Residence
Sat 7th Nov 10.00 - 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. 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 28th Feb - Sat 9th May - Tues 2nd June - Thurs 9th July - Thurs 10th Sept

Crazy Collage Fabric
Wed 11th Nov
Tutor: Gina Ferrari
This is a machine embroidery workshop using foot on, teeth up techniques as well as freemachining. Master stitches and control of your machine to produce some fabulously rich collaged surfaces. This is ideal for beginners but challenging enough for those with experience too.
Cost: £36.00

Batik on Tissue Paper
Two Day Workshop Thurs 12th Nov - Fri 13th Nov
Tutor: Jenny O'Leary

An exciting and experimental course working with the traditional technique of Batik, which uses hot wax as a resist, but using non-traditional materials - bleach, inks and tissue paper. The technique allows great opportunities for further development, and can be addictive!
Cost: £85.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

Colour, Dye and Stitch
Three Day Workshop Tues 17th to Thurs 19th Nov
Tutor: Ruth Issett

What makes colour sing? What makes people feel invigorated when viewing rich and beautiful colourful combinations? Come and experience some beautiful colour palettes using simple and accessible dyeing methods to create subtle as well as vibrant colours. Use these dyed fabrics in hand stitched compositions, building layers of fabric and stitch together to create either simple or complex pieces.
Cost: £140.00 (inc £18.00 materials charge)

Stitched Fabrics for Felt Making
Two Day Workshop Wed 2nd Dec - Thurs 3rd Dec
Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

Enjoy the surprises in the transformation of fabrics and hand stitched marks at each stage of the felt making process. You will consider the contrasts of surface and density in the various stitch types and threads.
Cost £115.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

Kantha and Colour
Two Day Workshop Friday 4th Dec - Sat 5th Dec
Tutor: Dorothy Tucker

Kantha is a form of embroidered quilting, made in what was Bengal, from the good parts of old worn out sari. For a contemporary take on Kantha, you will be stitching patterns and grids into layers of soft, coloured cotton fabrics which will create exciting colour changes and textures.
Cost: 79.00

Tyvek Box
Two Day Workshop Tues 8th Dec - Wed 9th Dec
Tutor: Kim Thittichai

Tyvek has to be one of the most exciting products for textiles artists. By layering Tyvek with organza, machine stitching and then zapping with a heat gun, you will create remarkable textures and surfaces that are firm enough to make boxes or sculptural forms. Come and play!
Cost: £87.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

December Gathering
Fri 11th and Sat 12th Dec

We've got the dates for a Christmas 'Gathering' in the diary, but who wants to think about the arrangements for next Christmas when we're just getting over the last one! Mark the dates down and we'll give you the details nearer the time - much nearer!!

Art Van Go (WOW),
The Studios,
1 Stevenage Road,
Knebworth, Herts SG3 6AN, UK,
tel. 01438 814946,
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