4-11 August 2018, Creative Characters with Sue Stone, Chateau Dumas, France (residential)

4-11 August 2018, Chateau Dumas,  from €1,935 (£1680 - GBP price subject to change based on daily rates) 

Hosted by Sue Stone

 Exploring Personal Narratives and Creative Characters

In this workshop Sue will introduce you to working figuratively. We will look at a series of different artists and the various methods they use to depict the human figure from the substantial and serious to the light-hearted and whimsical.

The aim of the workshop is to encourage exploration and experimentation to find ways of using images and anecdotes to convey ideas, thoughts and memories, to gain the confidence to stamp your own personality onto your work and have fun doing it.

During the week we will create some characters, and make some small studies using figurative and narrative elements and look at ways to incorporate your own narratives and memories using images and text.

Sue will guide you through quick & easy ways to get started and share the simple processes she uses herself. Techniques will focus on hand stitch, layering and appliqué and there will be an option to add machine stitch if you wish. You will explore straightforward methods which can help clarify your ideas, and find out how to take those ideas forward to make new work.

 The workshop is suitable for all abilities. There will be an opportunity to use your own drawings as a staring point for your work if you wish and get advice from Sue on how to use your own photographs or vintage illustrations. For those who are worried about their drawing ability Sue will provide some simple black & white guides and some vintage illustrations as a base from which to work and a collection of her own handling samples to inspire you. By the end of the workshop you will have new ideas with which to work and the necessary skills to develop your own work further.

We will take a break from the course mid-week to enjoy a day of dyeing with the original blue dye from the woad plant, grown in the Toulouse area since medieval times. You can bring things to dye from home, pick items up at local markets or buy natural fabric from Chateau Dumas. During the week there is also a visit to the nearby atmospheric Sunday morning food and craft market in St Antonin-Noble-Val, the medieval town where the films Charlotte Gray and The Hundred Foot Journey were filmed.

When this course comes to an end, each student will leave with brand new work of art.

Sue Stone Bio

Sue Stone is based in Grimsby on the east coast of England and is best known for textural, figurative compositions with an emphasis on hand stitch. Her inspiration is drawn from her memories, her relationships, her life observations and a pride in her heritage.

Sue regularly delivers talks and teaches workshops and her work has been widely exhibited throughout the UK, and in Europe, the USA, Pakistan and Japan. She is current Chair and exhibiting member of the internationally renowned 62 Group of Textile Artists and an elected Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

Twitter: @womanwithafish

Chateau Dumas, Chateau d'Auty, Nr Toulouse, 82220 Auty

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