That was in fact the proper title for my course based on architecture and architectural elements but somehow it went through the system and came out as Architectural Landscapes. This did not put off the creative band of students who attended the course at the RBSA Galleries in Birmingham this week. It was the first time I had led a course based on architecture; I use the subject at times in my work but not in a particularly straightforward way. The students confirmed by the variety and expertise of their work that it is indeed an inspirational topic, one which they have, through the work produced and their analytical and thoroughly creative attitudes, made me realise I want to keep working on and developing much more in my own work.
No more words, here’s the action. Well, more like quiet concentration to be exact.
Here’s Shelagh, who teaches textiles herself; she produced not only three pieces ready to stitch but two books in progress and many lovely sketchbook pages. Her work was an inspiration to us all, and she introduced me to some compelling new materials to try.
Lesley is an accomplished artist already who went out into St.Paul’s Square, where the gallery is situated, and came back with some fantastic lively and colourful drawings which we all loved. She has such a sense of colour and pattern, her work was glorious; the pigeons she drew and included were such characters.
Here’s the largest of her pieces, almost finished. She added some bold descriptive stitches and then intended to mount it on a canvas at home, and hang it immediately on the wall; which was a pity since we all wanted it…
Diana does lovely considered work; she came to one of my classes earlier in the year. She made a beautifully drawn work sheet with fabric and paper samples she had either painted or retrieved from her stash. Diana is the person who introduced me to insect houses, by showing me a photo a few months ago of one she had seen. We modelled ours on that picture, although it’s smaller than the original.
Rachel had her AS level results during the course; she did really well. She is working on a well thought out and colourful piece based on Gaudi’s work. The fabrics and felt she painted were stunning, along with her choice of patterned papers and fabrics.
This is lovely Lian, the baby of the class, brave enough to tackle the Eiffel Tower, no less. I would have been scared solid but she worked really hard and produced [and she will finish it, I know] a wonderfully textured and detailed piece of work.
Back in the studio today I pinned up some of the fabrics and paper I painted as demo pieces on the course, to remind me to use them in my own work in progress, which I think will be called The Moth Pages. I have three big projects on the go at the moment, and I have determined that I will start no more until they are done, except small pieces for an exhibition I have with my daughter in November, which of course I am convinced is ages away.