Sunday, 26 January 2014

My news and a bit of a catch up.

It's been a while since my last post so I thought I would do a bit of a catch up thingy. Last weekend was a lot of fun, exhausting but that's all part of the experience. The lovely Ali from Ali-Crafts invited me to teach a class at her retreat in Daventry and as Daventry is kind of just up the road, I really couldn't say no.
Thirty eight fabulous and very enthusiastic students took part and a grand time was had by all. Some people actually did three days as Hels taught a class on Friday for 25 of the students. Rob, The MDF Man also took part, teaching a ginormous clock project to the weekend people and my project was a little memory book. I only took a few photos on the day but at least you will get the feel of the event.

And of course there's shopping to be paid for.

And this is my sample of what they made.

The next Ali-Craft retreat is 5th, 6th and 7th September 2014 and I will be there on Saturday 6th September to teach another class.

On Thursday and Friday, Karen and I took part in one of Hilary Beattie's classes at The Bramble Patch. I discovered Hilary's amazing work at the NEC last year when she was exhibiting at a show. I instantly loved her style, I purchased her book and went home very inspired. I did have a bit of a dabble on my own but there is nothing like attending a class and I can honestly say that Hilary packs her classes full of information and is a brilliant teacher. Both Karen and I loved it. Hilary's method of working with paint is a very different approach from other textile artists that I know and although I am not going to tell you her methods here on my blog, I would thoroughly recommend her book and classes to anyone.

Here a few snaps of what I did in class.

This one is on paper as Hilary uses both fabric and paper in her finished pieces.

This one is on brown wrapping paper.

We even hand cut our own stencils during class. My stencil is the poppy one on the next piece. At this stage it just has Grunge Paste over the top of a paper and fabric collage which I made on a piece of wallpaper! Genius idea if Hilary's to work on wallpaper, I seriously love it as a surface to work on!

Today, I played around with it.....not sure it's finished yet but the light today is so dire, I'm going to wait until we have a bit of sunshine before I decide.

Enjoy what's left of the weekend.
Lin x


Jacqui Hall said...

WOW! What a busy bee you've been too! Not overworking that shoulder???? Hope not missus, we need you tip top

Lin said...

wow Lin the class looks fab!! hope you didn't over do it, and looks like you had a great time at you class too xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

More Wow projects Lin. Going to fave it and go back and study and make notes, Tis soooooo good , x

Brenda Brown said...

Lovely to see you creating again and what fabulous pieces. Hope your shoulder is all mended x

Helen said...

The class looks fantastic, I must check out that book.. Take care...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful painting on paper and fabric and what a sweet little book you have made.

Daniele said...

such lovely pictures of your fabric art,
I still got a couple of pages to go on my album
many thanks for a lovely class
hugs and best wishes from

Julie Ann Lee said...

Beautiful and inspiring. I too must go back and take notes! Julie Ann xx

Hazel Agnew said...

More stimulus, it all looks fantastic Lin. Thankyou for continuing to supply us with fresh inspiration. Love it. X

butterfly said...

Fabulous inspirational stuff... looks like an amazing class, and that last piece looks stunning already!
Alison x

massofhair said...

Your hand cut poppy stencil is beautiful & love the color you used to co!our it. Must go and see this lady's book sounds interesting.

The book project is darling, love all the colors & words.

Thanks for the catch up, take care not to overdo things! :-) xxx

Roberta Davis said...

Looks like you had a fun filled weekend Lin - your samples are lovely - must look into going over in September - take care, Roberta x

Linda Jones said...

Absolutely fabulous Lin. I would love to attend a class here, but, it's a bit far from Durham! Love the mini album so much x

Ali Kemp said...

Thank you so much Lin for you hard work and fab project.
Look forward to working with you again in September
Ali x

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you've been enjoying yourself, but I hope you're taking care of that shoulder too! Fantastic photos, love your samples from the fabric class & the mini book you taught at Ali-Craft is stunning.

Kyla said...

Fabulous makes. I especially like your poppy stencil, the colour really makes it pop.

I love working on wallpaper too, free (I must admit to taking rather long samples at our DIY superstore!) and so lovely and thick it takes all my wet mediums and and I am not tied to A4.