Hue and Cry, Monochromatic Magic : Claire Benn 2020

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Hue and Cry, Monochromatic Magic : Claire Benn 2020

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Working in monochrome is a great experience for exploring composition as we cannot rely on colour contrasts to move the eye around the work. Being restricted to a single colour does not, however, mean that the work is static as within any single colour there are many hues or variations. For example, red is a colour but there are many hues and temperatures of red from pink, burgundy, scarlet, claret, ruby and so forth.

Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June 2020

Course Fee: £450     Deposit £225 payable on booking

Supplies Fee : £ 30 Extra for Acrylics

 

 

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Class Description

Working in monochrome is a great experience for exploring composition as we cannot rely on colour contrasts to move the eye around the work. Being restricted to a single colour does not, however, mean that the work is static as within any single colour there are many hues or variations. For example, red is a colour but there are many hues and temperatures of red from pink, burgundy, scarlet, claret, ruby and so forth.

The first day of the workshop will be spent exploring individual chosen colours, making a colour chart that includes a value range. The rest of the workshop then allow students to explore the use of a single colour in order to build composition by manipulating contrasts in:

  • Hue and value

  • Texture

  • Shape

  • Line

  • Mass & void

  • Directionality

  • Balance

  • Relationship

  • Adding a small (!) accent in a neutral or contrasting colour

Working with a single colour will also help students with colour mixing. For example how much yellow can we add to a red before it tips into orange? How can we use small amounts of a neutral or complimentary colour in order to make the hue more complex? How far can we go if we restrict ourselves to just a single dye colour?

Choices to Make

Working with a single colour will also help students with colour mixing. For example how much yellow can we add to a red before it tips into orange? How can we use small amounts of a neutral or complimentary colour in order to make the hue more complex? How far can we go if we restrict ourselves to just a single dye colour?

Students can opt to work in fibre-reactive dyes or acrylics. I need to know the following information in advance, no later than 25th May as Leslie and I will need to co-ordinate on ordering sufficient dye stocks, and acrylics. This is important as if seven students opt to explore red (for example), we’ll need a lot of red dye and/or acrylic paint:

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

  1.   Will you be working in fibre-reactive dyes or acrylics, or both?

  2. Which single colour will you opt for? (If working in both dyes and acrylics, the colour MUST be the same).  You can choose to explore neutrals but if you’ve undertaken Claire’s ‘Grey Matters’ workshop, you’ll be forbidden grey!!

ON-SITE SUPPLIES 

In addition to supplying the media, the studio provides access to a selection of tools but it’s always worth bringing a selection of favourite tools to work with. The supplies fee (collected by C2C) will include use of the following media and materials:

  • Mx dyes; a larger range than usual, potentially!

  • Resists; Soy wax, string, freezer paper and masking tape (for resist work on cloth or on-screen).

  • Chemicals; everything needed for dye work.

  • Tools: a selection of key tools will be provided, including:

  • bristle decorators’ brushes and foam brushes in various widths

  • a selection of bristle & synthetic artists’ brushes

  • various rollers

  • mono printing plates (large & small)

  • scrapers (e.g. old credit cards and small squeegees)

  • needle-nose bottles and some ‘Montana’ markers

  • tjantings & other soy wax toolsAn ample supply of thickened and liquid dye paints and Chemical Water & Print Paste will be ready for use on the first day. We’ll need to agree how to keep the stocks topped up and it may be that each student takes responsibility for mixing stock quantities of their chosen colour range.

If you opt to choose to work in acrylics, I would request that you supply your own media; your single hue of choice in either fluid or heavy-body colour, along with a colour range that will enable you to mix different hues within that colour and whatever mediums/gels you think you’ll use. This will simplify supplies. I am happy to advise, and order acrylics on your behalf at 40% discount.

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS - WHAT TO BRING

Colour Choice

Please give careful consideration to your choice of colour. Make sure it’s something you really love otherwise, you’ll be feeling pretty fed up by the end of the week if you’ve chosen green and don’t really like working in green!

Take the time to build a colour library that offers you a wide spectrum of hues within that colour.

This might include:

  • Taking photographs

  • Collecting paint chips, fabric scraps or threads

  • Cutting colour samples out of magazines

Bring your references with you.

The Cloth

Choose the fabric(s) you wish to work with and scour it as necessary. For fibre reactive dyes, the cloth must be of natural fibre (everything except wool).

How much you bring is up to you; you know your own work rate and racing is to be avoided, whereas thoughtful consideration will be encouraged. I would suggest a maximum of 10 metres.

For dye paints I prefer to work on soda-soaked cloth rather than putting soda ash into the media. A soda vat will be available for on-going soda soaking throughout the workshop but please bring at least two metres ready soaked and dried.

General Supplies

  • Silkscreen: if you think you’re going to use a silkscreen that may involve using soy wax or flour paste to create the design, then bring one or two of your own. Otherwise, screens are available at the studio for use with items such as freezer paper, sticky-back plastic, masking tape or breakdown printing.

  • Tools; you’ll see that many tools are available for genera use but if you have specific tools you wish to use, then bring them.

  • Thermofax screens: the studio has a thermofax machine. Please note that your imagery will need to be in laser print or photocopy format (not inkjet), although you can photocopy at the studio if you need to.

  • Two drop cloths: please bring drop cloths that are sturdy: drill cotton, denim or something similar in a neutral colour are best as they are sturdy enough to flip over and use both sides before washing is needed. Old sheets are too thin and avoid heavy-weight muslin or canvas as it tends to hold wrinkles. Your drop cloths need to measure 1.5m x 2m, once scoured and shrunk.

  • Rubber gloves (suggest 2 pairs).

  • 1 x box of ball-headed or T pins (please don’t bring the very heavy/thick T pins).

  • 1 x black Sharpie.

  • Notebook or sketchbook; handouts on recipes and some process will be provided, but it can be useful to record your order of process on individual pieces, or make notes during general discussions.

  • Pen and pencil.

  • Cloth apron (or wear the equivalent of gardening/decorating clothes).

  • Comfortable, rubber-soled shoes (you’ll be standing a great deal and the floor is concrete).

  • A camera as it’s useful to record work-in-progress.

  • an iPod and headphones if you like to work to music.

  • Anything else you can think of that you’re likely to need!

Please contact Claire at cb@clairebenn.com if you have any queries about the class content or supplies

If you are flying please talk to Leslie about things you cannot fit in, or you cannot get.

Please note :   It is important to wear sturdy, flat, rubber-soled sensible shoes with good support. (you’ll be standing a great deal and the floor is concrete).

CLASS HOURS

On Monday, please arrive no later than 9.15am, ready to start at 9.30am.  General studio hours from Monday to Friday will be 8.30am to 5.30, with teaching taking place between 9.30am to 5pm.  Be aware that whilst Claire & Leslie will be around from 8.30am, they will be busy doing preparatory work and may not be able to engage!  On Sunday, we will have a review session from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, and the studio will close promptly at 4pm.

Studio Information

Directions etc http://www.committedtocloth.uk/say-hello/

Lunches, tea/coffee and nibbles and fruit will be provided.

See the Accommodation list, which comes with student feedback, if you need to stay locally.

Contact : www.committedtocloth.uk/say-hello

 Leslie Morgan lm@committedtocloth.com