12 students around a table (and another in an adjoining room) working, chatting, laughing and having fun. What a joy for a teacher to work with a group who all got on well together, who were enthusiastic, and who shared their successes (and problems) freely.
I have just returned from teaching the Contemporary Quilt Group Summer School which this year was based at Zinc Arts in Essex. The Centre was well equipped and we had plenty of space to spread out in – though not quite enough tables so we raided the cafe area for some extra ones for the sewing machines! Jo Lovelock, who was teaching the other course, was not quite so lucky with her space which was rather smaller for her dyeing class, but they still had loads of fun.
We were able to hang work outside as the weather was so good for drying – except for the occasional downpour! And not quite sure about the mixed media value of the rubber gloves!
I taught Paper Lamination – on to transparents, on to solids, and gesso lamination, finishing off the weekend with some ideas about how to stitch and work with mixed media fabric. It was really rewarding to see how everyone produced such different work throughout the weekend, despite all starting from the same point with the same instructions. I have included below, some examples of the work that was done.
I had a fabulous weekend, enjoying the teaching, the company, the students and the venue. Thanks to Dani Atkinson of CQ for making the whole weekend run very smoothly too.