Day 1 Thur 9th Jul Natural Dyeing-an introduction: Natural dyes or colourants derived from plants, invertebrates or minerals. The majority of natural dyes are vegetable dyes from plant sources roots, berries, bark, leaves, and wood and other biological sources such as fungi and lichens. You will make a series of samples and document/record/label your findings. The aim will be to equip you with sufficient skills to get started at home should you wish to. Day 2 Fri 10th Jul Eco-print is a fascinating way of printing onto fabric. You will use flowers and leaves from the Museum grounds in a contact printing method that allows them to transfer their colour, texture and patterns. The effects and results you can get from a range of plants is fascinating. This course is an exploration into the surprising and exciting effects that can be achieved by wrapping plants in cloth and processing the bundles through a simmer or steam process. You will make a few practise bundles before bundling a fu...
About your Mentor
About your Mentor
My Fine Art mixed media and textile works are a response to what I find in my natural surroundings. Activities around foraging, collecting, experimenting with wet and dry media processes and then documenting my findings were inspired by a year residency at Sussex Prairie Gardens. I continue to pursue my research and exploration in my own garden as I alter and adapt the space to suit my art making interests. Using a variety of paper, print, mixed media, fabric, and mixed media processes to make sketches, rubbings, mono, relief, and contact prints which then shift into collages and assemblages which record/document my findings. For example, a range of paper based print and mixed media collages record casual visual impressions caught in a moment, spliced together to form a lasting memory. Inspired by prints by Picasso and Cyril Power, relief collage and assemblage works by Ben Nicholson and Kurt Schwitters, this gives clues about my interest in abstraction.
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