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Textiles Art Techniques with Jessica Grady

Textiles Art Techniques with Jessica Grady
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5 Jun 2019 - 26 Jun 2019

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24 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD

This textile short course has been designed to take you through some of the basics for textile art creation, starting with looking a colour and pattern on paper, how that translates into stitches - then to embellishments and finally onto a finished textile art design.  

Each class also works as a stand alone workshop so you are also welcome to pick and choose individual classes. 

Week 1 - Mark making and Pattern for textiles (2 hours) 

5th June: 10.30-12.30

This class is all about having a go with mark-making and pattern ideas to create a series of designs on paper. Absolutely no drawing experience is required! The workshop is focused on layering materials, exploring colour and shapes - and looking at how this could be taken forward into textiles and stitch. Techniques we will be looking at include; collage, ink and resist, mixing materials and drawing with tape. All materials for the class are included and all you need to bring along is an apron. 

Week 2 - Decorative Embroidery Stitches (2 hours) 

12th June: 10.30-12.30

This class is looking at a simple range of decorative embroidery techniques and stitches and how these can be used effectively to add pattern and texture to fabric. Stitches we will learn include, blanket stitch, french knots, chain stitch and couching as well as ideas for adding fringe and looped textures with thread. In the workshop you will create a fabric sampler detailing each of the stitches and the variations you can create using contemporary materials. You will experiment with interesting materials such stitching with ribbon, wire and unconventional threads as well as traditional materials. This class is suitable for those wanting to learn something new - and embroidery is a great stress-relieving way to spend a couple of hours!  

Week 3 - Creative Embellishment Design with Recycled Materials (2 hours) 

19th June: 10.30-12.30

This class is a step on from embroidery - looking at the potential of creative embellishments and the huge array of materials that you can use to create your own unique creations. Using recycled and waste materials such as plastic packaging, fabric scraps, painted washers and plastic tubing. You will learn different ways to create your own sequins and beads, and also how to create 3D effects on fabric using folding, pleating and stitch techniques. You will leave the workshop with a fabric sampler documenting a selection of techniques and materials. All materials are provided. 

Week 4 - Mandala Design Textile Hoop (3 hours) 

26th June: 10.30-13.30

This 3 hour workshop will combine all of the techniques and ideas of colour, pattern and texture to help you create your own mandala inspired textile art design. You will add your own embellishments, decorative stitches and design ideas - those who have attended the sketchbook session could also bring along some of their paper pages to be cut up into decorative sequins to add to the mandala designs. Working in an embroidery hoop will give you a frame for your finished textile art piece so that you can take it home to display with pride. All materials are provided and this class is also suitable for beginners in textiles art. 

Jessica is a contemporary embroidery artist who works from her studio in Leeds with the assistance of her studio cat Spencer the tabby! She create colourful and highly tactile textiles and sculptures that utilise many recycled and waste materials. She also teaches workshops and courses across the country to schools, private groups and organisations. Jessica’s work has been sold and exhibited across the UK and Europe and she is also a Crafts Council Directory maker. She was awarded the Embroiderers Guild Scholar award in 2018 for her textile practice. 

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£35 per workshop

£125 for all 4 workshops

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