Friday, 29 August 2014

19 July: Nawal Gebreel- Textile Designer
Our final session of the year was innovative textile designer Nawel who specialises in fabric manipulation & print using sumptuous fabric & colours  to amazing effect. Using a variety of techniques including screen printing, hand pleating & manipulation, she also has been successful in selling her designs around the world. She guided us through her inspiration mainly the natural & geometric form , Japanese Shibori and paper folding techniques. Mesmerising.
18 June 2014 : Kate Dowty; 'Trial & Error' followed by workshop
A fun talk & separate workshop from Kate who had traveled from Dorset to join us. She expressed her work as a quilter not an embroidery & spent her early life as a graphic designer before turning her skills in to art. She enjoys the larger art form with all her work as wall art. Enjoying changing everyday fabrics she starts with a painted background & builds up the layers . I think we all saw the benefit of markel sticks, bleach & using a simple reverse pattern effect.  A number of us had an enjoyable workshop the following day leaving us with a number of projects to work up over the year.

21 May 2014 : Brenda King- Head of the Textile Society
Our speaker was Dr. Brenda King, Chair of the Textile Society - She took us on a visual journey around Leek and its surrounding churches, looking at embroidered altar pieces designed by 3 architects. The embroideries were carried out by Lady Elizabeth Wardle and the ladies from the Leek Embroidery School which she founded. She was the wife of Sir Thomas Wardle who developed a method for dyeing Tussah silk from India which she incorporated into some of the magnificent pieces. Dr. King is currently working on a book which will hopefully be published later this year.

April 2014 Sarah Thursfield: Seamstress
A very interesting & entertaining talk by Sarah  about "Linens", but it really was more like a journey through the centuries looking at the different shirt and chemise styles. Sarah actively supports some re-enactment events and has made many a costume for these. As most people who have an interest in sewing, she was taught by her Grandma at an early age and made her own doll's clothes. In 2001 she wrote "The Medieval Tailor's Assistant" to enable more people to make authentic costumes.