Well its been a very strange time this year hasnt it … I have on the one hand enjoyed having a bit more time to enjoy simple pleasures, but, on the other hand I have missed seeing my kids, and my grandbabies , and I have missed people coming in and out of the studio, students, tutors and general visitors…
anyway, I am planning to inch back to some semblance of normality and start to run a few classes, particularly those I can run outdoors … here are the words from the granary studio website……
I am planning to restart classes here at the Granary from the middle of July.. it won’t be all the classes I am afraid but where we can keep everyone safe, I will run the class.
We are currently rigging up an extension to the studio in the form of a gazebo …and where we can have classes completely outside, when the weather and the class permits… there will by necessity be some changes in order to be able to run the classes which are listed below … I shall start with the classes that can be run outside if possible , then look to start the full program of classes from the beginning of September.. I will contact all those booked on classes as we approach them to make decisions on viability
.. everything is subject to change of course …
I would please ask anyone due to attend a class to let me know if you are ill in anyway, this virus seems to have a vast array of signs and symptoms , this of course means there may be last minute spaces so do keep an eye on the website for details
Meanwhile, I am contacting tutors to rebook classes and will hopefully have the new program and leaflet out before the main restart in September
I will have anti bac wipes in the bathroom, and hand gel for each student.
There will be masks available when appropriate ..
I will endeavour to keep a 2 metre space between chairs even though Boris has dropped it to 1 metre
I will have the tea urn boiing but each student should bring their own mug and drinks as well as lunch..
I am afraid the class biscuit tin will be temporarily suspended…
Lunch may have to be at the workspace but wherever possible we will take lunch outdoors
Hopefully we will all be fine, we all have loads of common sense and with a bit of luck things will return to some sort of normal before long
Hi everyone, I do hope you are all staying safe in these troubled and unprecedented times. Since the lockdown was enforced I have had many messages from all over the world saying how difficult it is to do anything creative, how the lack of stimulus and challenge is preventing you from doing anything meaningful and all are suffering from a lack of concentration. The only thing I can say is that everyone is feeling the same way
The only thing I can say is that nearly everyone feels the same way, but it will pass. For various reasons I am in my fifth week of lockdown and after the first couple of weeks I started to relax into it, get more focus, and am now quite enjoying the work I am doing …. the important thing is to keep doing something, this is one image from my isolation sketchbook, this is my current daiiy practice and it is really interesting to see the change in me as the weeks go past…
So,what to do about this… my isolation book now has images like these I am relieved to say, but if you feel as though you would like some direction, support, whatever, through these weeks I have a challenge for those who would like to take part. A few of you will already have started a challenge with me this way before, but this is intended to be a bit more structured, and I do think there is no harm in re-visiting a starting point.
This will be a series of sessions with time in between to complete the tasks, possibly once a week and we will see where we go with it. This is a new exercise for me, so, hopefully you can send me information that I can share with the whole group.. no pressure to complete, maybe just an investigation to keep your mind occupied. If you fancy having a go, with an optional exhibition at the end of it , possibly next year, I would like you to email me on email@example.com please, and I will set up a group for those that wish to take part
What terrible times we are going through at the moment, I hope everyone is staying safe. On the bright side I am busy working on catching up with myself, not least of which is to bring this site back to life… now I am confined to barracks I am hoping to get my new body of work finished ready for when the exhibitions are back up and running, I am writing a book to accompany it, and hopefully that will soon be finished, I am on the homeward straight at the moment .. and I have plans for the next one!
Although this is such a dreadful time, and I am missing seeing my little grandchildren as well as my big kids, this is an opportunity to re-evaluate … I do actually relish days at home, whether I will fee that way after several months, we will see
I am keeping to my daily practise of writing and drawing into sketchbooks, I am now working on my ‘isolation’ book , as well as my ‘lost faces’ and my ‘roots’. So plenty to do … I know many creative people are struggling to concentrate on creative pieces, and i feel the same way, but having a daily practice with no responsibility to produce masterpieces is my way forward..
I am planning to chart my progress through these next months and to stay in touch. Take care everyone, and keep safe xx
As well as the longer courses that I teach at the Granary Studio, I am now offering some short, dayschools. In response to requests from my followers, I have titled the series Dayschool Fridays., which just means that they all occur on Fridays, you can book onto just one, or you can book them all, no problem!
If you would like to see something else offered, please do let me know, then I can either teach it, or get a tutor who can. Hope there is something you can find to do in this list.
I am still getting all the information pages together, but I wanted to tell you about this venture before the festival of quilts so you get a chance to book onto your choice of days.. when the course code is blue, click on it and you will go to the information sheet, I am still workingon any that are not so please come back later
Dayschool Fridays with Susan in 2019, 10.00 – 16.00.
£50 a session to include most materials
Each session is bookable independently
19 October SC012 An introduction to Patchwork
26 October SC013 Slow Stitching, Kantha stitched Collages
5 April SC014 Know your Sewing Machine 1, an introduction to basic machine skills on your sewing machine
12 April SC015 Know your Sewing Machine 2, an introduction to free machining and learning to draw with your sewing machine
3 May SC016 Using Thermofax Screens, an introduction
17 May SC017 Paper Lamination, an introduction
31 May SC018 Simple Folded Books
21 Jun SC019 Simple Stitched Books
I am part of a textile group called Room6 and tomorrow we are setting up an exhibition at the Ashcroft Centre in Fareham, Hampshire
We are there from 16 April until 26 May, so plenty of time to pop in and see our work.
We are currently working towards our next exhibition ‘Missing Elements’ which will be shown at this autumn’s Knitting and Stitching shows at Alexandra Palacew in October followed by Dublin and Harrogate in November
Hope to see you all at one of these venues, do pop in and say hello
Just back from the wonderful city of Dublin where I was part of an exhibition called ‘The Sewing Machine Project’ by the group Studio21.. if you would like to know more about our group then please visit our website – www.studio21textileart.co.uk
meanwhile here is a flavour of our exhibition
the show will now travel to the knit and stitch show in Harrogate on the weekend 23-26 november, just a week and a half away!
Hi everyone, I am part of the tutor team for the HNC Contemporary Art Practice which is taught at the brand new Art school in Eastleigh College … it will be starting at the end of September and you would study for two years part time for this qualification… it is a brod based course which includes painting and drawing, textiles, sculpture, photography, film and animation and printmaking.
At the beginning of the course for the first term, you would have a go at everything with workshops in all the studios .. from then onwards you work independently for your own exhibitions using which ever medium you prefer, we have tutors in all specialities to help you… I teach printmaking and textiles predominantly ….
The hours are from 4.15 – 9.00 on mondays and wednesdays, and this course attracts an HE loan, so, unless you earn around £30,000 a year, you are not required to repay it.
Four of our graduates this year, are going onto university to study the rest of the units required for degrees/HND
We are interviewing for this coourse on Wednesday 6th September which is only next week… if you are interested then please contact me urgently, see my contact details elsewhere on this site, or Kathy Messenger on 02380911004 at college… we need a couple more people to ensure that this course runs, we have a lot of fun and there is a lot of learning too .. do join us …
Wow! … Festival of Quilts was amazing this year, it seems to have been totally refreshed somehow … we were so busy on our two stands, Susan Chapman Stitched Textiles and Granary Studio Students, that I didnt get a chance to take any photos … sorry … suffice to say, I handed out over 600 leaflets and signed up a further hundred people to our mailing lists for information about the classes I teach and organise at the Granary Studio… so now I am busy typing them into the system!
I am thrilled that I got a judges choice award for my quilt ‘The Building of New York’
Details of the latest programme of classes to be held here at the Granary Studio can be found on the website at www.granarystudio.com
Now back from the NEC, we are headlong into Hampshire Open Studios… Room 6 are presenting the Seven Deadly Sins and much more at the Granary, we have had loads of visitors already, again I have had no time to take many photos .. just the one of the seven deadly sins
We are having a couple of days off today and tomorrow but will re-open on Thursday right through until Monday afternoon.. tea and coffee will be drunk and lovely homemade cake will be consumed.. hope to see you all at the Granary sometime over the weekend, there will be members of Room 6 here to greet you and show you what we do …
hope to see some of you here tomorrow evening Wednesday 5th July
see the students graduating show, see the brand new art building, and see what we are up to for next year…
if you are interested in either the part time HNC Contemporary Art Practice, or our part time level 3 courses in drawing, photography or printmaking, then do come along and talk to us … we are holding interviews for the HNC tomorrow Wednesday 5 July all day and again in early September … we have the information here in the department or phone Kathy Messenger in IAG department (Information, Advice and Guidance) of Eastleigh College 02380 911000 to book an interview
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