Your subject could be an English garden bird or an exotic colourful parrot..you may choose to focus in the end on a closeup of the wings/detail of the bird and produce an abstract piece or a more figurative piece with a number of birds. Whatever your chosen bird Alex will mentor you through the ‘design.. to stitch’ process through structured practical art days – and we will try and get a stitch day in there also. The stitch techniques and materials you choose to make up your final design will be lead by you but with a shoulder to lean on if need be. You will need to set aside some time to work on the piece at home but the four days in the studio will give you a structured timetable to which to work to – and you will benefit from being with a group and the support like minded individuals will give each other along the way. With thanks to the LTT members and to the 2021 group for these pictures. Please contact Alex to discuss further if you wish prior to booking.
Day One : Mixed media approaches with Concertina Sketchbooks working particularly with inks and metallic paint.
Day Two: Digital and Gelli Plate Printing with Kathy G. Painting fabric and paper to incorporate into bird collage and main wall hanging. Smaller birds digitally printed to be individually stitched. Looking at appropriate paints and fabrics to print for best outcomes. Discussion regarding digital printing -best practice versus common practice with inkjet printers.
Day Three : Beginning to compose main wall hanging having worked through composition at home. Choosing other fabrics to use within piece. Work with Tyvek or Lutrador to be incorporated into piece.
Day Four: A machine embroidery Stitch Day. Discussion re suitable hanging/framing.
Optional Day five after Christmas – dates tbc with group.
King Fishers by Nicola Eltham with thanks.
A Facebook page accompanies this project so feedback and communication with the group is enabled throughout the course and in the two months after the last day of the course.