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Exploring and creating

Here is some of the creative and explorative work happening in our group at the moment.  

Who would have thought that those twisted handles on paper shopping bags could be transformed into a work of art.  Dee untwisted the handles, dyed them using the ice dying process and incorporated them with French knots onto beautiful linen fabric.

Handed, Dee Kelly
       Handled, Dee Kelly

Fidelma has taught herself needle felt making during lockdown and has created these beautiful leaves as part of a piece for a group exhibition later this year – details of that exhibition will be announced shortly.

Leaves, Fidelma Barton
         Leaves, Fidelma Barton

Catherine Dowling has been completing the workshops on www.TextileArtist.org.  During this Community Stitch Challenge a different textile artist delivers a burst of inspiration each week in the form of a free online workshop for people to take part in from the comfort of their own home. These workshops ran very successfully last year and started again in March this year.   This particular exercise was stitching on paper, given by the renowned artist Jennifer Collier.  Catherine’s only comment “paper is very unforgiving!

Dee is experimenting with soya wax and bleach applied to dark coloured fabrics and, of course, applying her patient hand stitch.  More of these next week.


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