Autumn Exhibition – Blog #5 – Level 3 Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch – Asters
“Level 3 Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch has provided the opportunity to build on the skills learned in L3 and L4 Art and Design and apply them to designing a series of stitched pieces. It is exciting to develop a unique design based on research and personal experiences. There are no limits; the only boundaries are those set by you. It has been a very rewarding journey.”
A little history – be sure to check out the video link at the end of the post to see Gail making machine lace.
It seems incredible to believe that Swiss manufacturers were turning out exquisitely stitched machine embroidery to imitate some of the fashionable hand made lace and other embroideries in the mid 1800s. Elaborate multi needle machines were doing exquisite work. Soon afterwards the domestic sewing machine was used as a simpler machine to imitate lace and hand embroidery. The humble Singer Sewing Machine had an important role in the forward movement of sewing. The Singer Sewing Machine Company was the first in history to implement the payment plan which was very useful to those who now had this option available to them. Today, even though the machines we use are more sophisticated in a variety of ways, we still use some of the basic functions of the sewing machine to do free machining. Students are always amazed that they can work on any basic elderly machines and get great results. Of course you can also…
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Autumn Exhibition – Blog #4 – Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch – Asters
My Level 3 Stitch work was inspired by the brilliant sunsets, geometric patterns, marine life and beautiful flowers I have seen on my visits to Fiji. Gail’s classes have taught me how to use color, proportion and complexity in my designs and projects. Experimentation has taken me to a whole new level and I have learned to see, think and stitch outside the box. I am looking forward to the challenges that Level 4 will bring.
Autumn Exhibition Blog #3 – Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch – Asters
I grew up in a family that encouraged many types of art experiences. Hand stitch and machine stitch were always part of my many projects. As I grew older I kept looking for new challenges that would take me outside the stitch box, I wanted to move outside the lines, to design, draw and create with fabric and thread in a non traditional way. I started with Klimt in this course as my inspiration for my 3D project. As I observed his work I was drawn to the repetitive lines and swirls he used in his pieces. I took small sections and developed them further. Japanese Boro is another inspiration. I studied the colours, aging fabric, its movement and layering – leading me to create my own modern version. Gail’s classes have given me the tools to challenge myself in design and putting a major project together. They have sparked a bigger passion for continued exploration in this exciting art field. I am looking forward to the fourth level!
Autumn Exhibition Blog #2 – Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch – Asters
Today was the first day of our free exhibition at the center just outside La Conner. We are also open tomorrow Sunday from 11:00 to 4:00. For more information, link here . Thanks to Mary Hedlin from Hedlin Family Farms just outside La Conner (technically Mount Vernon) for arranging all of our bouquets. They are spectacular. There are a few with beautiful fall colors in this blog.
I have included a picture of a stitched textile from Margaret Joseph’s study about jellies in this blog. What an exciting theme. She has a number of them including a 3 dimensional one in this exhibition. Hope to see you.
Autumn Exhibition Blog #1 Level 3 Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch…Asters
A group of 7 students – Asters arrived on Tuesday at the studio and are getting their stitched artwork ready for exhibition. Just adding a few stitches here and there and placing artwork up on the walls is all part of presenting their artwork to the public. Here’s a link to information about the upcoming Level 3 Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch Exhibition at our studio on Sept. 10th and 11th, this weekend. The seven exhibitors are Lynette Barnes, Linda Ingham, Margaret Joseph, Wendy MacKinnon, Pauline Oakey, Patti Olds and Gillian Smith. They are from Canada and the United States. Sunday morning, they will be each giving a short talk about their artwork. Register for this by email if you would like to attend the talks. Art Themes range from the the Ocean to Flowers, very original and exciting to see. Each student will be providing an art blog describing their journey and often their theme. We hope you are able to attend. Here are a few pictures showing a few of them in preparation.