September 17 (Mon) 10am–4pm
Maiwa Loft, Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada
This workshop is a comprehensive introduction to UK textile artist Janet Bolton’s direct way of working. The freedom that characterizes this technique permits students to explore their own likes and dislikes and find their own voices.
Although there will not be time to completely finish a piece, all necessary aspects, including presenting and framing the work, will be covered.
The workshop will start with a short slide show of Janet Bolton’s work. From there the class will discuss inspiration from the choice of suitable subject matter to the idea of allowing the work to change throughout its construction. The result is a way of working that is exciting to the last stitch.
Practical demonstrations of constructional methods, simple cutting of shapes, placing, and “needle turning” techniques augment the workshop.
All work is sewn by hand. Students will receive personal help throughout the workshop; this individual help is most important as there are no rules, no “correct” way of working. There is no right or wrong.
The class will finish with a group discussion of the pieces. Students will leave the class with an exciting work in progress, confident that they can complete the piece.
Janet will also give 2 two-day workshops and a lecture.