Maastricht

Phew!….just finished the 27th and final quilt for my solo show which is part of the      (EOQC) European Open Quilt Championships, held in Maastricht on 20-23 October 2016… it is their 20th anniversary.. and I am one of the invited guest collections to be shown there…

I have several mini series of pieces and am excited by the final set … totally different for me, I am trying to work with the landscape …. I have tried before but ended up with ‘pretty’ pictures which is not what I wanted to achieve…. this time I have made three large quilts titled ‘A Walk Through Owslebury’, this is the village that I have lived in for five years now and love it here….  I think I am pleased with them , but  won’t really know until I see them hanging n the exhibition… I will have had a week not looking at them and will see them with fresh eyes when I view the exhibition ….

This event is excellent and from my point of view, I am driving to Maastricht because I decided I couldnt drag 4 huge suitcases through Schipol onto a train and then find the conference centre … so, I have a parking space there and the hotel is on the same campus as the exhbition… should be totally stress free ….

And , Ada Honders, who is the organiser, has a team of people who hang the quilts too …. so, I just have a few sleeves to stitch and then I am finished ….

to find out more about the event please visit www.oeqc.eu

If anyone reading this is coming to the show, do please come by and say hello, I will be at the exhibition for all four days

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Hold on to your hats!

Hold on to your hats! the autumn term is about to start …. this year it is full on until Christmas …We have 110.. 17/18 year old students starting on Monday … I am going to try and teach them all about textiles! …. a whistle stop tour in 15 hours a week, 8 groups so 8 weeks of this… the lovely new textiles tutor cant start until nearly half term so I will have 5 weeks at least of the 8 …. phew … wish me luck! .. then a week later our lively adult courses start ….’Building an Art, Media, and Design portfolio’ which I am running this year, and the second year of the HNC for which I am one of the primary tutors …what happened to cutting my college commitment to one day a week!!! Sadly there are not enough enrolments to run the city and guilds this year, in patchwork or creative sketchbooks, maybe next year

The Granary Studio classes continue apace, for more information on the classes offered please visit my other website …. www.granarystudio.com

Finally I have an upcoming solo show in Maastricht at the ‘Open European Patchwork Championships’, from 19-23 October,  I have a collection of 26 quilts (if I get the last three finished!) going there and I am judging the competition too, exciting times….currently I am trying to decide where I cross the channel, I am driving,  because I want to avoid Calais at all costs..

Hope some of you will be at the show, if so, please come and say hello … I will probably be pleased to hear a British voice! My language skills are fairly limited although I am better when I am in the country.

Just to add a little more excitement to the term, we are moving to a brand new Art School after half term and before Christmas! it is still wrapped in plastic and scaffolding so  I wonder if it will be ready in time!!!

Speak soon x

Festival of quilts

ok, van has been borrowed, workshop stuff packed, stand stuff packed, the three dimensional pieces of work are loaded, now ironing clothes and packing ….off to the festival of quilts early tomorrow …

i am teaching a masterclass all day wednesday, called ‘stitching from life’, students will be free machining all day, direct from primary source, no drawing on fabric ….straight to stitch, observational drawings n stitch … magic …. a few exercises in the morning and a model in the afternoon (clothed), should be fun ….

then … show opens on thursday and i will be on stand QIA 24… do come and visit me, i will be next to lynn onions so we can look after each others stands when we are not there, one of us will always be there….

I will also be demonstrating on artvango’s artist in action stand, showing the process of taking the sketchbook work into stitch… not sure when at the mo but probably on friday…pop in and see me there too!

show is on until 5pm sunday …. worth a visit… see you there!

Eastleigh College

I hope some of you managed to get along to see our end of year shows at the School of Visual Arts at Eastleigh College… it is all down now and the marking is complete.. i wont be going in again now until the beginning of September, apart from the odd pop in to check on a few things….

So now we are turning our attention to timetabling for next term, Darren is an absolute whizz at this… we have more full time students  coming than ever before… but now I want to tell you about the part time provision that i am mainly involved with …

In the new propectus from September we will be offering as follows

level 2  City and Guilds  Creative Sketchbooks, this will run on Tuesday evenings for one year from 6-9 and is a great introduction to art based techniques including print, collage and book binding

level 2  City and Guilds  Patchwork and Quilting, this will run on Tuesday afternoons for one year from 1.30 – 4.30 and introduces all techniques for patchwork applique and quilting

level 3  City and Guilds  Patchwork and Quilting, which will also run on Tuesday afternoons for four/five terms from 1.30-4.30 and is more experimental than level 2

level 3 BTEC  Building an Art, Design and Media Portfolio his runs on Moonday and Tuesday evenings from 6-9 for one year and extends knowledge of all aspects of Art, Design and Media

level 4  HNC Contemporary Art Practice, this was a brand new course this year and our first students have just completed their interim show at the end of their first year… i can highly recommend it for all students who have a level 3 qualification already… this runs on Mon eve 6-9, and Wed 2-5 and 6-9 which is 9 hours a week… students gain this qualification by developing self directed projects, students will choose which studios they wish to work in. There are choices from print, sculpture, drawing and painting, textiles, fashion, photography, video and animation

I teach on all these programmes and really enjoy all of them …. i particularly hope that the level 3 portfolio builder runs this year… it is a great course from which to progress onto the HNC, a good grounding in all aspects of the visual arts

We are a small team, with Darren Cousins and Helen Gell teaching on these programmes

We are recruiting new tutors at the moment so the plan is to be a team of six or seven in the autumn

The exciting news is that a brand new art school is nearly built on the main site, and, although we will be sad to leave Desborough behind I am sure we will enjoy the sparkling new studios… the move will of course be challenging but I have done it before and survived perfectly well, I think the current plan is to move over an extended half term.

I look forward to meeting some of you on a course at Eastleigh soon, I am sure it will be fun and challenging at the same time

Meanwhile, my attention will now turn to the Festival of Quilts which will be at the NEC Birmingham 11-14 August.. I am teaching a masteclass all day on the wednesday, day before the show opens, it is called ‘Stitching from Life’. Students will stitch by machine straight onto fabric. A day of observation and free machining …. bookings are being taken now on the FOQ website

Still waiting for some reliable summer but hope you all enjoy it when it arrives

bye for now xx

 

next exhibition… and owslebury fete

well, the pre degree foundation exhibition has come down at college, all marked ….phew…..

now the other exhibitions are in the process of going upnear both invite hnc

the new part time HNC has its end of first year interim show … their graduate show will be next year .. also our level 2 and 3 full time diplomas will be exhibiting .. hope you will be able to pop in and see all their wonderful work .. opening event is next thursday 5-7 in the evening…

meanwhile….. it is Owslebury Fete this fternoon .. from 2 until 4 .. please come and support us if you are in the area …. all traditional fete, i will be on the bottle stall tombola, you can splat the rat and drink beer and pimms, and eat a cream tea ….and much more ….

my piece called Communion which was in Romsey Abbey last Autumn is in the church so you can call in there if one of the local showers hits us!

Speak soon!   xx

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Pre Degree Foundation opening event

The young students at Eastleigh College studying on the pre=degree Foundation are opening their show tomorrow evening thursday 16th June 18.00-20.00… it is open for a week .. do come and see these talented kids work …they are all going off to amazing courses, 100% first choices… hope to see you thereElsewhere invite kids show.jpg

Courses at Eastleigh College

The new brochure is imminent but I thought I would give you an advanced peek at the part-time courses I will be involved in teaching during the next academic year, starting in September/October at the Desborough site

City and Guilds Patchwork and Quilting level 2 and/or level 3

City and Guilds Creative Sketchbooks level 2

Certificate in Art & Design (Building an Art, Design and Media Portfolio) level 3

HNC/HND in Contemporary Art Practice level 4 and 5

City and Guilds Patchwork level 2 and/or level 3 which will be on Tuesday  afternoons from 13.15 until 16.45, the level 2 runs for one year and the level 3 runs for 4/5 terms.       The Level 2 course covers Patchwork techniques, Applique techniques and Quilting techniques. There is an introduction to design and this will result in two assessed pieces of work, one predominantly patchwork and one predominantly applique. Finally there will be some printing and dyeing. The Level 3 course is a progression from the level2 and involves experimentation with different fabrics and extended techniques while still keeping within a patchwork and quilting framework. There will be more design with assessed pieces in 3 dimensions and a final quilt. Finally, colouring on fabric knowledge will be extended

City and Guilds Creative Sketchbooks level 2 which will be on Tuesday evenings from 18.00 until 21.00, running for one year. This course covers a variety of printmaking and collage techniques, with a little observational drawing. The first term will teach techniques, then the second term students will create a sketchbook to own theme into a bought sketchbook, and the third term students will create a second sketchbook to a second theme and constructed to their own design

Certificate in Art & Design (Building an Art, Design and Media Portfolio) level 3 which will be on Monday and Tuesday evenings, 18.00-21.00. Students will initially be introduced to a range of techniques and processes within specialist areas of Art, Design and Media, through a range of assignments and workshop style sessions. Students will undertake workshops in: drawing; painting; print making; sculpture; photography; illustration; graphic design; textiles; fashion; animation and film. Assessment is by production of a portfolio work and assignments. Students will not be required to sit an formal exams and the course is practical research based. During the Monday evening sessions, students will have the benefit of contact with a personal tutor, who will be able to oversee their development and be on hand to advise them on a weekly basis. The Tuesday evening sessions will be delivered through a number of short assignment workshops, led by a range of different Art, Design and Media specialist practitioners. The course will be delivered through these workshops and assignment based work which is led by the student and directed and guided by the tutors who will work with students on an individual basis.

HNC/HND in Contemporary Art Practice level 4 and 5

This is a broad based course where students will undertake workshops in: drawing; painting; print making; sculpture; photography; illustration; graphic design; textiles; fashion; animation and film.

If you were hoping to study the FdA Stitched Textiles, which no longer runs, this is now the course I would recommend. While exactly the same level as the FdA, it is broader in scope, you are still able to specialise in Stitched textiles, but this course offers much much more.

You will have the opportunity to produce work using a variety of methods and approaches and will be introduced to these through a range of themes and visual art problems using workshops, short projects, research tasks, critiques and presentations. This will help you to then develop your work independently, through a series of assignment based projects. That with support and guidance form tutors will enable you to focus on your specialist area of interest within visual art practice in the second year of the course, culminating in a final exhibition.

For more information please visit www.eastleigh.ac.uk