I have just begun to add the art of making and editing videos to my regular teaching skills, in order to put some of my popular courses online for those unable to journey to the UK to take them in person.
The format for one of these is a series of streamed videos which will be available for a length of time, course booklet, a private FaceBook group for discussion, sharing and commentary with me and with other students, scheduled Zoom meetings (the number depends on the length/complexity of the course) for asking questions and talking about the work (with the exception of the Potato Chip course which can be taken at any time and therefore there is no Zoom schedule.)
Poetry of Decay is the first of these and has been very popular and booked up within a week. I am limiting the numbers that can do any of the courses at any one time so that I can take some personal interest in the work that is being done.
The other courses are now listed with their start dates. Please scroll down as they are listed in chronological order.
PAPER LAMINATION & BEYOND
Begins 01 September 2020
Exploring fractured lamination on transparents and learning to control the marks from the paper as well as the marks from the print media, this course will take you through the basics of this exciting process so that you can create your own fabrics for projects. Lamination would not be complete without looking at other lamination processes as well including lamination on to opaque fabrics, gesso lamination creating 2 partner mixed media fabrics. But then what…. How often do you make fabrics and not know how to use them. This course will extend your knowledge so that you can learn how to manage these fabrics, particularly the transparents, in stitch projects.
POTATO CHIP MY WAY
Can be started at any time – format slightly different with no Zoom meetings, just videos taking you through the whole process.
Taking you through the process of making a potato chip quilt using up previously dyed fabrics, commercial fabrics and plain ones. Using overdyeing as a way of tying lots of different fabrics together in a palette of colour, you will learn how to calculate quantities and sizes to make your choice of size of quilt.
The construction method will be fully explained, along with choices as to how to quilt once the quilt sandwich has been put together, Full explanations of trimming and binding are also included.
POETRY OF STITCH
Begins 1 January 2021
How many times have you said – I have lots of printed fabrics but don’t know what to do with them? This course will give you some answers. Teaching you to think differently when confronted with stitch; treating it as a layer, not just resorting to following the edges, or covering the lovely printed marks that are already on your fabrics. You don’t have to be expert in stitch as I will teach you how to think about stitches as mark and therefore traditional stitches need not be used! I will cover both hand and machine options.
You will need some hand dyed/printed fabrics to work with, along with a sewing machine.
POETRY OF DECAY
Begins 1 May 2021
How often do you take photographs of peeling paint, lichen, rusting metal, weathered rock surfaces and neglected buildings? But then what? This course will explore how to interpret those beautiful marks on paper. In this mixed media course you will be introduced to some materials and processes that will help you to create rich and textured surfaces based on the inspiration found in your own photographs.
Working on paper you will experiment with a variety of media including paints, inks, dyes, oil pastel, puff binder, and rusting powder. Your series of small paper based studies will enable you to layer experiments and materials quickly, creating an understanding of your media. Your papers will be combined towards the end of the course looking at how to put together a series of images into small book forms which will provide a record of your experiments.
To book a place on any of these courses, please use the Paypal button beside the course and complete the details of the course you require.
There are no deposits for these online courses, the balance in full being required to secure your place. This fee is refundable up to 2 weeks in advance of the course starting on the date that the course outlines, unless this is Potato Chip, in which case the fee is refundable only until the first video is sent to you which will be 2 weeks after you pay the fee. Once the course has started, the fee is non refundable.
This gives me the opportunity to advertise and fill your space on one of the set date courses. After the official start date, you will have full access to course materials and online teaching and the course will be deemed to have started in line with any other regular learning opportunity.