You’ll first make test pieces using layers of sheer fabrics, to understand how the work is constructed and to decide how to interpret your image. We’ll use these test pieces throughout the week.
Play with the colour created by layering different coloured organzas. Look at how light and shade can be created with different shaped layers of the same colour. See how you can use stab stitch to create different effects. Experiment with stitch length and density and thread colour.
Thinking about composition, you will create a paper collage to work from, this may include drawings, photographs and text.
Using a variety of media including pencil, water colour and silk paint, transfer your images on to translucent fabrics, build layers and areas of colour with pieces of coloured organza.
Putting what you’ve learnt making the test pieces into practice; create the backdrop for your stitched illustration, then apply hand stitched areas to bring your work to life with texture and colour, as you work up your finished image.
Particular attention will be given to eyes and lips.
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)
Emily Jo Gibbs is a British artist who over the last two decades has established an international reputation for her exquisite work. Emily also has experience delivering workshops, practical demonstrations and artists talks for a variety of clients including the V&A, Embroiderers guilds and the Crafts Council. Emily is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists.