In this workshop, the tutor has drawn on his love of stitching, paying attention to time, labour and care to develop three days of stitching.
You will explore a combination of traditional hand embroidery techniques, how you do it and why you do it. You will also explore the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching, the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark-making and the pleasure in having time to make.
You will explore the following stitches: straight / running / seeding / couching / whipped + laced / back / fly / chain / blanket.
Create textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, work freely, and combine stitches to mark make and draw. Practical help will be given by demonstrating the many ways in which these can be achieved, using the most simple of hand embroidery techniques. No knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques are needed.
There will be a series of small lectures, as well as an artist talk.
To develop traditional hand embroidery skills.
To translate your thoughts and inspiration into stitch.
To develop an understanding of embroidery as a contemporary art medium.
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, 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)
Richard studied at The Royal College of Art and has practiced as an artist since 2005. He is member of The 62 Group of Textile Artists and has exhibited across Europe, America and Korea. Richard is a finalist in the 2018 Loewe Craft Prize.