Sunday, 17 August 2014

Layered landscapes workshop

I recently attended a 'Layered Landscapes' workshop taught by textile artist Catherine Lawes....originally from New Zealand.....Catherine now works and teaches in the UK......and the full day workshop was organised by the East Sussex Federation W.I. for the amazing price of just £15.....what a bargain.
All Catherine's work is based on landscape photos that she has taken.....so we all had a pack containing a picture of the design which was based on a photo she had taken of a sunrise on the South Downs.....and an assortment of fabrics......all the fabrics were silks,voiles,satins.....no cottons.We then played around with the fabrics.....hand stitching them onto calico and wadding when we were happy with our placement.
When the fabrics are all layered up they don't look anything much to start with.............. 
 but just add a mount round them and the landscape effect becomes immediately obvious
One of the best things I learned was how to stitch trees using a small amount of embroidery thread.....I love how the tree looks.
Catherine had put some slightly furry,fleecy fabrics in the pack for making bushes......but I decided I wanted to embroider mine.
The way the fabrics fray just adds to the landscape effect.
I added a bit more embroidery at home.....and the picture is now finished and framed....but I've found it impossible to take a decent photo of it in the frame!!
I loved the workshop.....Catherine is an inspiring teacher....and also brought along a selection of her work for us to see....all of it wonderful.

18 comments:

Karen said...

This is absolutely stunning, Jacky! What a fun workshop!

Kathyk said...

You're right - it didn't look like much but the finished piece looks fabulous Jacky, cool choice to add the extra embroidery too

Happy Sunday

Kathyk

pinky said...

Wow Jacky its absolutely amazing, you have a lot of talent!!

Melissa said...

Wow - this is fabulous Jacky. Those miscellaneous pieces of fabric really did make a fantastic landscape scene & your embroidery enhanced it beautifully. That was definitely a bargain price for the class!

debs14 said...

What a beautiful project. You must be really pleased with it.

Sandra said...

Oh how amazing to go on such a lovely class and learn such great techniques. It looks lovely

Becky said...

This is really stunning. I saw the photo you had put on Facebook and hoped that you had blogged about it! You are very talented :)

debby4000 said...

Oh this is gorgeous.
luv
Debby

Sian said...

Oh wow, I love this. It sounds like a fantastic workshop - what a bargain - and I bet you came away with lots of ideas for other projects

Sheena said...

This is stunning jacky x
What fabulous value for this type of workshop.

Karen said...

This is so beautiful. Love the texture and sheen on the fabrics.

Fiona Kennedy said...

Wow this is lovely.

Sinead said...

Such a beautiful result Jacky, well done! :)

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

That is so beautiful Jacky. What a lovely class to take.

Stephanie Gaunt said...

I thought this was just lovely when I saw it the other night - am looking forward to having a go myself!

Jimjams said...

STUNNING - very, very effective!

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, what a fabulous work of art!

Jennifer Grace said...

That's a beautiful piece, your extra embroidery is so pretty. I have often admired textile landscape art but never had a go at it myself. x