This workshop focuses on the tutor’s signature style of hand embroidered illustration.
You will explore several of Jessie's signature stitch techniques, including couching, running, stem and back stitch, and learn how to use simple appliqué and patching techniques. Hand stitched text will also be explored during this workshop.
The workshop will start with a short talk. The tutor will show and share with you a selection of her original art work samples and will direct you both as a group and also individually in starting to create your own stitched and patched story in her signature style.
You will be working on a natural fabric as your base layer/canvas. This fabric will be part of the kit that you will be given at the start of the workshop. Your personal kit will also contain a selection of pre-cut fabric motifs, ready for you to appliqué directly onto your work.
The main focus of this workshop is to either work on a flat and layered panel, or to construct and work into a simple folded fabric book, using appliqué and hand stitch as your main techniques. You can choose early on if you want to make a flat panel or a fabric book. Once complete, your work in either style can be framed and placed in your home. The tutor will discuss simple framing, mounting and finishing options with you during this workshop. You will embrace and learn new techniques while being inspired by the tutor’s original artwork and materials. Bring your sketchbook and make notes and marks.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Jessie Chorley grew up high in the hills of North Wales, close to the foot of Mount Snowdon. Today, she considers herself a Londoner. She moved from Wales to London in summer 2002, just before starting a BA in Fine Art Textile Practice at Goldsmiths College, University of the Arts London. Whilst studying, she chose to dedicate her life to making beautiful things by hand and, shortly after graduating from university in 2005, she established her business, committing in earnest to being a full-time artist, designer and maker. Over time, she has also become an author, social artist and tutor and running an independent shop was her life between 2007-2021.
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