Thursday, 12 April 2012

Jennifer Collier & Emily Notman at Unit Twelve

Spent a lovely Easter Saturday on a 'Manipulated Wall Hanging' workshop run by mixed media artist Emily Notman learning how to hand dye scraps of fabric using inks and bleaches, manipulate, layer and trap found materials to create a new fabric and then embroider into it to create a small wall hanging.

Located at Tixall, near Stafford, Unit Twelve is a converted cow shed which has been transformed into a contemporary craft exhibition and workspace run by mixed media artist Jennifer Collier.  Jennifer shares Unit Twelve with four other artists including Emily.  Workshops run all through the year on most weekends on topics such as jewellery making to making paper garments, book binding and printing.  Jennifer curates quarterly exhibitions in the exhibition space at Unit Twelve with the current Spring Loaded featuring artists including Emily Notman and ceramicist Amanda Mercer

The Wire Work of Louise Wilson
Emily Notman

Amanda Mercer
Unit Twelve is a great place to visit and a brilliant venue for a workshop. It was so inspiring to see the other artists' studios which are an integral part of the workshop area. Jennifer really looked after us making endless cups of coffee and we had cake in the afternoon.  A really lively and friendly atmosphere and I can't wait to do another workshop here.
Emily Notman in her studio in front of some of her work
Jacqui Thompson & Jacqui Thomson

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