All images Emily Jo Gibbs.
We have added a new virtual workshop to our summer programme: Silk Organza Appliqué with Emily Jo Gibbs running twice, on 22 and 23 August. Gibbs creates hand-stitched textiles with a delicate graphic quality, observing the beauty of the overlooked. Her body of portrait work The Value of Making depicts various making disciplines through to-scale representations of tools in collages of silk organza. Emily made these portraits to reflect how proud she is to be a member of this creative community and to celebrate the skill, dexterity and the creative problem solving of people who make things.
Emily Jo Gibbs, Portrait of a Furniture maker. Photo credit: Lol Johnson.
During the Zoom workshop you will learn how to experiment with composition, using over lapping layers of translucent fabrics to build areas of different colours and tones, create a collage that is the backdrop for your hand stitching and experiment making marks with stitch, looking at stitch length and density. Working from sticks, cuttings, leaves and feathers you will create a delicate still life and using pencil, (water colour and/or fabric paint if you have them), see how you can transfer images on to silk organza. Using drawing and collage with an emphasis on really looking at the subject, studying shape, colour and shadows, build an appliqué. Use long and short stitches to bring your work to life with texture and colour.
A materials pack in a Selvedge Tote bag will be sent to you before the workshop, to make sure you have any special items needed. Each pack contains three pieces of linen and ten pieces of organza in various colours. To make sure that this arrives on time, we recommend booking by 10 August. You will need to provide your own thread, needles, pins, scissors, pencils and paper.
For more information and to book your place, visit our craft Workshops.