I really enjoyed the first session of ' Surface, Structure, Stitch' with Louise Baldwin at City Lit. Although I've done lots of drawing and painting courses there, this was the first textile course I've done . The session with Ruth Brison during EDAM gave me a taster of the possibilities of combining drawing and stitch and I'm interested in moving more into 3D work so it seemed the prefect combination. I love Louise's work, and bought a small piece for our wedding anniversary in 2016 and I'd heard from other students that her teaching and encouragement were excellent.
EDAM Limpets in paper and stitch
The course is 12 weeks , the first 7 weeks exploring techniques and the final 5 applying them to a theme ' Held by Nature' . We started off with a mind-mapping session in small groups exploring ideas around the starting point of containers that occur in nature.
There was a wide selection of shells, seed pods etc available and we made several sketches of the textures on sheets of paper divided up with masking tape ( good tip to give frames around the marks )
After lunch we worked from these sketches using a variety of different white papers ( tracing paper , photocopier paper, tissue paper etc ) and gluing, stapling , stitching to hold them together .
I loved the effect of crumpled tracing paper and once home , I scanned some of my paper textures ( Louise had taken some peoples work to photocopy, to show the effect of change of scale and multiple copies )
We finished with a Powerpoint showing images of how a variety of artists had interpreted natural objects , creating relief or 3D structures . Some like Debbie Lyddon ( who I'll be doing a course with in July ) I was very familiar with, others less so.
The next session is on machine quilting ( my main challenge will be getting used to the college sewing machines !) and homework to start collecting images to do with the theme.
I'd certainly like to continue to explore mussels further.
From last years sketchbooks I'm inspired by the ' pod' forms of Junko Oki and Fabienne Dorsman Rey
Chestnuts might feature
And limpets of course!