I have been trying to pretend that things were very soon going back to normal and that I would be teaching in person again soon. But sadly that doesn’t seem to be the case, and so I have put together a one day online Zoom workshop where I will be present online all day to teach, offer advice and chat to you.
This first online workshop will be looking at how to make 3-D textile sculpture using stiffened cloth and I have called it Sculptural Pockets.
As you may have noticed making containers and objects is a big part of my practice. It connects to the idea of ‘Holding Place’ – a play on words that suggest either a place for holding things, or, a way of evoking (or holding) the landscape through the materials and processes used.
I often (well everyday really) pick up objects put them in my pocket and I question myself, asking ‘What do I pick up and where and how do I put it down? ’ We will be addressing these questions during the workshop and I will be sharing some of the processes and techniques I use for designing and making sculptural objects. There will be plenty of time for you to experiment and try out techniques and as I will be at the other end of your computer all the time you can ask as many questions as you like.
The workshop will give you the opportunity to learn the basic techniques that I use for making 3-D objects and will give you the confidence to go forward to experiment with shape, form and materials in your own practice afterwards.
I have also been busy preparing lots of back up material to go alongside the workshop and I have produced a digital instruction booklet with photos and information, and a new digital booklet of my recent work that will only be available to those doing workshops that I will send before the workshop. I have also taken a tentative step into making videos and have produced a virtual visit to my studio. It is a visual exploration of containers and objects that I have made and it has a peek at a new installation that I am currently making and presently is hanging around in there.