Sunday, 15 July 2012

Long time no post but not idle!

i have been to Summer School at Urchfont Manor with other Distant Stitchers. Unfortunately it is the last year that Urchfont will be functioning as Wiltshire Council are closing it down however we still had a great time, hard work, good food and great tutors. its more like a retreat than anything else! i was in Dawn Thorne's workshop, working with layers, landscapes and different materials. my starting point was this lovely window. 

firstly we looked at our images and did drawings

then we did monoprints and screen prints onto paper, calico and perspex (mine still isn't dry after almost a week)!!!! instead of leaving all my papers gathering dust i cut them all up and made a new sketchbook! it must have been Sandra Meech's influence.

we then looked at making some of our designs into 3D models. the idea was to eventually build up layers.

one of the best bits was working with the perspex. Dawn gave us all a small practice piece to scratch and drill into.

the final layering but still not finished as i started tampering with it when i got home!! so there is a layer of perspex at the back, then a mono printed, painted and stitched calico layer, then an acetate layer with stitch, then a 3D layer and finally a top layer of printed and worked perspex all linked with wires.

detail of the top and 3D pod layer