Day one is about play and experimentation. Starting with several quick exercises: from creating an instant sketchbook and building a paper monument to exploring the bold colourful designs of Amish quilts – you will create a series of collages and drawings exploring colour, shape and pattern in an abstract form. Through these experimental exercises, you will cultivate themes that will develop further during day two.
Day two is about honing down your ideas and concentrating on a final piece that can be used as inspiration for a future embroidery, tapestry or textile.
Alongside collage you will work with your own choice of paper-based materials like coloured pencils, marker pens, inks, gouache, watercolour, acrylic etc.
Annabel Tilley is a painter and sketchbook-maker. Her practice stems from nature, architecture and art history. She has exhibited widely.
Annabel Tilley teaches residential workshops in experimental drawing, collage and sketchbook work at West Dean College, West Sussex, and has co-written: What they didn’t teach you in art school (ILEX/Octopus Books, 2016). She graduated from University of Brighton (Fine Art, 2003), has an MA in Literature and is based in Hastings, East Sussex.