Drawing with your Sewing Machine : Rosie James 2019

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Drawing with your Sewing Machine : Rosie James 2019

225.00

Through experimentation and artistic play we will be pushing where the stitched line can take us, to develop our own ideas and end results, but also to improve our machining stitching skills and maybe add some new techniques!

In this course we will be using drawings and photographs to explore line shape and colour in a composed piece. This is for you who already use your sewing machine as part of your practice, to explore new applications to draw with machine stitching.

Experience : Intermediate - Advanced

Dates:  April 29th - May 3rd 2019 

Venue: Committed to Cloth Studio, Surrey

Course Fee: £450      Deposit £225

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This is a wonderful opportunity to have five days, to explore what drawing with stitch can add to your textile practice whether you stitch, quilt, embroider, or work on paper.

About Rosie

Rosie started making dyed and screen printed fabrics, scarves, ties, cushions etc, but once she discovered that she could use the sewing machine to draw with, she found herself doing less print and began creating larger and more one off pieces.

Her first stitched drawing was of a group of friends at a beach hut party in Kent. This piece won the Bentliff Museum and Art Gallery prize in 2008 and spurred her on to do more. 

Rosie uses crowds and large gatherings as her first point of reference. She says she is ‘looking for the detail in the ordinary but also the commonality within the group’. One her favorite artists is Pieter Breughel the elder whose paintings depicted large groups of people with details of everyday life.

 Photographs are used to still movement and to reveal details; these photographs are then used to create drawings and then sewn onto fabric using a sewing machine. Rosie uses transparent fabrics and likes to use raised stitches and to leave loose threads, which reveals the process of sewing. Transparent cloth allows her to layer the drawings on top of each other, and to build up the crowd. She screen-prints buildings, windows, roofs and skylines in many of her pieces of work, these elements create a sense of atmosphere and build links between the people and their location and their belongings.

 

ABOUT THE COURSE

Rosie’s work uses the stitched line to create artworks which explore the figure in space, which allows her to develop works looking at crowds and people in architectural space. She is interested in mixing stitch with print and developing works combining both.

In this course we will be using drawings and photographs to explore line shape and colour in a composed piece. Students can follow their own personal ideas or develop something new.

Through experimentation and artistic play we will be pushing where the stitched line can take us, to develop our own ideas and end results, but also to improve our machining stitching skills and maybe add some new techniques!

Samples will be developed on different surfaces bringing in colour and shape through appliqué and print.

Individual ideas will be explored and developed into a final composition bringing together exciting juxtapositions and developments from samples.

This course is for those who use their sewing machine as part of their practice, and want to explore further skills and uses in using machine stitch to draw. Participants will need to bring any photos, sketchbooks, drawings etc that they wish to work from. But this is not necessary if you wish to start from something new.

 

Participants will need to bring any photos, sketchbooks, drawings etc that they wish to work from, or you may if you wish to start from something new.

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CLASS HOURS

Please arrive no later than 9.15am on the Monday for a 9.30am start.  Teaching hours will run from 9.30am to 4:30.  The studio opening hours will be from 8.30am to 5.00pm. If you arrive early bear in mind that the Class does not begin until 9:30 as we may still be setting up. 

On Friday, the studio will close at promptly at 4:00.

STUDIO INFORMATION

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 and Directions : www.committedtocloth.uk/say-hello

 Leslie Morgan lm@committedtocloth.com