Stitch-Sketch-Books: Textile Books
Suitable for artists who enjoy taking time for experimental discovery and guided by Cas who enjoys introducing the serendipity of found materials into the art-making process.
Artists always make reference to other images and narrative. You can use pages from old books, maps and found printed materials as a starting point to create a new work. The materials, text and references you decide to use will direct the content and processes used, from layering and cutting techniques through to stitch and paint. This is not a book-binding course.
During this workshop, participants will make small personal works with narrative, meaning and humour. Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into textile art. Simple drawings, staining and colouring of pages, cutting, pasting, stitching and collage will be our primary tactics to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
We will look at rubbing, staining and mark making, on paper and cloth, using drawing/painting media and stitch. Reference will be made to paper lamination, layering of paper with found materials and fabric using techniques adapted from Japanese screen making and paper crafts. As you work you will look at the references to text and other images you have collected. and consider how you may want to place them
together including patchwork, seams, gathers, tearing, and building towards textured and sculptural surfaces.
The focus will be on found materials. Some materials such as conservation tissues, paste and a small sketchbook will be provided as part of this course. Wear suitable clothes for a workshop.
Cas is one of the UK's leading textile artists and well known for her use of the found object in mixed media textiles.
Cas works to commission, teaches, curates and exhibits widely.
She has work in both private and public collections, including the Arts Council of Great Britain and The Museum of Art and Design, New York.
Her book, The Found Object in Textile Art, (Batsford/Anova), was published in September 2010.