I’ve been teaching at Avoncroft Arts Society this week, a very pleasant place just outside Bromsgrove in Worcestershire. The textile group who meet there chose my ‘Design from Nature’ workshop, and did one day this week with another to follow in December.
It was a most enjoyable day; the food was wonderful! Spicy pumpkin soup, home made bread, cheeses, cardamom and chocolate and orange cake. After lunch fortunately I gave a painting and printing demonstration which kept me from having a little nap; I don’t usually stop for lunch, as if I sit down during the day my brain sees this as a signal to doze, whatever the time.
These are just a couple of general shots of the course. Some excellent work is developing, which I shall document fully after day two, and everyone will be included then.
My painting and printing demos yield a small mix of painted fabric and paper whenever I do them; I tend to use the first colours I pick up and this time the group decided it was knicker pink that resulted, in some quantity, from my first mix. I then used a couple of other colours on the pieces and declared it would be an interesting challenge to make a piece of work just from those pieces of paper and fabric. I often do use my demo pieces , even though they are quite often decidedly weird, and not what I would normally do. Generally they have several techniques all piled onto the same unfortunate piece of material.
So as a treat after a lot of machine stitching yesterday, I got out the ‘samples’, peeled them apart as I had packed them wet, and laid down a piece of work on a woodland theme, which is as autumnal as the time of year and features leaf prints of Avoncroft leaves too.