Another inspiring weekend with the Textile Study Group and a bonus that it was before the snow and so travel was not disrupted. One of the main tenets of the group is that we continually develop our personal professional practice and work with other professional practitioners at the twice yearly weekends. Since becoming a member I have enjoyed workshops with Caroline Bartlett, Jae Maries, Diana Harrison, Georges Wenger and in the autumn we worked with David Tress, a landscape painter who runs workshops and classes regularly around the country.
This time we had invited Debbie Lyddon to come and I had been looking forward to meeting her and working with her. And I wasn’t disappointed. I really like her work; the limited colour palette, the stitch she uses to make marks and the fabric all suit my taste. I saw the lovely exhibition she had at the Knitting & Stitching in 2016 which always give viewers a chance to appreciate at close quarters the details of work. Debbie’s enthusiasm for her work, and her inspiring teaching made last weekend very enjoyable.
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or her website here website
Back to my weekend.
After our ‘sound walk’ on Saturday morning I spent some time creating map books and other paper mark- making exercises and which I always enjoy. I used a collection of white paint, Sumi ink, Quink Ink, oil pastel and a selection of home made mark making tools which included grasses and twigs. And then on Sunday I moved into doing similar mark making exercises on fabric, which is always fun. I just have to keep going to add my stitch marks now.
So work to do but enjoying it.