Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Travelling Sketchbook - The Cobalt Blues

My inspiration for this month's pages was a workshop I went to probably getting on for about five years ago now, at Unit Twelve Gallery near Stafford, led by textile artist Emily Notman.  Unit Twelve is a great gallery and exhibition space run by artist Jennifer Collier and if you have never been it's well worth a visit, as not only are there great workshops and exhibitions but it's a chance to see the participating artists making work in their own studios there. In the workshop Emily got us to dye strips of various neutral coloured fabrics with ink. These were then hung up to dry then assembled and layered ready to add stitch and embelishments. 

I have done the same here dipping strips of fabric into Cobalt Blue acrylic ink which I diluted with a little water.  It was interesting to see how each of the fabrics took on a different hue depending on their content and texture. 

I then layered them all together on a backing of calico and then free machine embroidered them together adding some beads as a bit of embellishment.

My original sampler from the Emily Notman workshop hangs on my sewing den wall.  I had combined strips of pink dyed fabrics with lace, netting, threads and sequins.  It's actually not finished as I meant to work back into it with more stitch and embellishment.  Another PhD!  Please do visit  Unit Twelve Gallery if you get chance as it's not that far up the M6 from Brum and nearby Stafford is a lovely little market town with lots of little cafes plus of course Shire Hall Gallery which has a changing programme of exhibitions often textile based.  A grand day out!

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