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27 October 2014

Tales & Textiles Exhibition 2.12.14/11. 1.15

The Material Girls are bringing their recent exhibition to Essex.  So if you missed the opportunity to view at Cottenham, Cambs, come along to Craft Arena, Barleylands, Billericay, for a chance to see the diversity of work.
Art will be for sale, and there will be artist made gift items available.
Please tell your friends, and come along.

20 October 2014

Studying via E-Courses

Well having almost finished one mini e-course, I've signed up for another.  More on that in a moment.

Tasks from One Pull Wonders

During formal studies it was soon apparent that the information exchange wasn't enough and so I participated in many workshops.
However participation in such these days has dropped to almost nothing.  In the main this is simply due to my own knowledge base extending.  I have been on workshops I don't need, or particularly interest,  purely for the pleasure of the company of fellow students, usually known to me, or because a tutor always has something worthwhile to hear of.  However these days I wouldn't pay for a day out simply to be with good company, I can do that over tea and cake.  But equally I will go on a course knowing absolutely no one, if its something I want to learn.

My second course is also an e-course.  This way of learning, makes it interesting to see how things are moving this way and a new way to participate.... for me.

One Pull Wonders was a US based e-course.  Comprising instructional videos, inc 2 answering questions, the option to join in a private Facebook group, share work, ideas etc.  There's no time limit on the availability of the videos, and I can watch over and over.
My next e-course which has yet to start, follows similar set up, except there will be a Flickr account to share, not Facebook.  UK tutor this time.

So far I like this new venture, but these are purely leisure based courses, there is no criteria to meet, or end assessment. Benefits so far on this new e-study.
~ no time limit on completion
~ don't "have" to do anything, even in a workshop there is always the (self) pressure to do as asked.
~ taking a sideways step is possible, and importantly there is time to explore that, not usually an option in a class, or limited time for it.  Away from the workshop the idea can be forgotten or impulse lost.
~ supplies are all to hand, no more of taking too little or too much, its easy to substitute or find something else which works for the technique.
~ ability to study regardless of location

The downside.
~ lack of face to face contact, both with tutor and fellow students.
~ may be no interaction with tutor at all, in any form

I've certainly found the One Pull Wonders value for money, with 15 lessons over 5 weeks, sometimes with more than one technique, the cost of the workshop has been around what I've paid for a single day with a tutor.There may be another workshop to come with further Gelli Plate techniques.

So the next one.....

I am very drawn to the work of Karen Ruane.  I have no idea why, whether its the white on white of some of the work, the clean lines, or stitching on paper (can guess I'd like that)  I don't pretend to understand the whys and wherefores, but then its her work and it should be that, hers.  So I've seen that she has a little mini course on offer, and I signed up.  Doodle, Gather, Create, starts 8th November, want to join me?

Image - Karen Ruane
Click on the image to take you to details of the e-course

06 October 2014

Messy Fun

Well I've been having fun - following the One Pull Wonders course - can't believe it, already in Week 4 of 5.
When I first saw there was a new Gelli Plate out, I wanted it, I think it will fit right in with both my plans and the space I have to work in.  So was thrilled when I tracked down a supplier and it arrived.  So now I have the A4 approximation and 3x5.
So here's what I've been doing, with stencils and paintbrushes, and fingers.....
I have more than these of course, as there are three lessons a week, but I decided just to do the lesson and then when I need it in a more considered colour way, to do that.  Of course naturally I'm drawn to everything abstract.
I think this has been good value... about the price of a single day's workshop. There will be 15 techniques, plus some extras, and then seeing what others produce and their version, gives more.
I'm not a pink person... but find myself reaching for that hot pink over and over... in fact I ordered some new paints which included orange and the lime green.
I do remember eons ago attending a talk by Leslie Morgan  she made comment that thread on a reel can look massively different (of course, duh) to the single strand of thread, and that she often used bright colours or unexpected colours in her work.  That single line of thread isn't then so scary and makes things 'pop'.  I immediately bought a reel of what I'd call, bright leery pink.  Its a tip well worth remembering, and I think I should apply it to my paint plans!  See the print with the black paint, doesn't look like it has the same pinks and orange as in the bottom pic... but they are.
Oh, and I bought myself a charity shop book especially for the roller cleaning of paints.  Spent ages choosing, and thought this most appropriate.  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!