Playing with colour.
Water colour paper colour washed then torn, then colour washed on the torn edge - simply beautiful.
On December 4th - 6th I will be delivering a 3 day workshop - Colour Works! at Art Van Go.
This is a new course especially written for Art Van Go and will involve painting you own colour wheel and a tints, tones and shades chart. After this we will be colour washing all weights and types of papers to manipulate and play with shapes and overlaying colours. Whether you wish to work in two or three dimensions this will be three days of colour, play and stitch. There should be time to create a considered stitched sample or 3d piece.
Working with colour is something we all need to do regularly to help us build our confidence when choosing colours for our own work. The course will be a be simple one with plenty of support - literally - a chance to play with colour!
The course is - £128
Art Van Go have a great workshop space and we are always looked after with teas and coffees and of course - chocolates. It is a great place to work and learn . . . .and then, of course, there is the Aladdin's cave of gorgeous things in the shop.
My next course is a 3 day workshop December 10th – 13th at West Dean College, Nr Chichester. West Dean has to be the most beautiful place that I teach. The grounds are stunning, even in December they walled garden is full texture and shape, and the food . . . . well lets just say every time I teach there I put on about four pounds. The price is based on your being residential and there is a five percent discount if you book online. Whether you are a tutor or a student, West Dean is an amazing experience.
I will be teaching a newspaper based course - Jewelled Surfaces for Decorative Textiles - £286
Painted Bondaweb and torn newspaper used as a background for print.
Who would have thought newspaper could be so exciting? By layering old dyed and painted newspapers and painted Bondaweb we will create beautiful surfaces with gilding and mica flakes. These layers can then be stitched into by hand or machine and then ironed onto various weights of interfacing to make bags, boxes, jewellery or vessels – the choice is yours.
The outcome of the course is very flexible – if you wish to stitch a panel that is fine, if you wish to make a 4ft vessel that is also possible. The joy is in the layering and the unexpected effects we will create . . .
All you need to be able to do is to use an iron and stitch if you wish to!
My last course this year is at Foredown Tower which is on a hill on the outskirts of Brighton, it is an old water tower with views over the downs and the sea (in the distance). The tower is home to a camera obscura on the top floor. The middle floor houses the teaching studio and the ground floor has a small cafe.
It is a great place to get away from it all, you feel very cosy and away from the noise of the outside world.
December 15th & 16th 2 day workshop Decorated Book Covers - £95
Decorated and torn newspaper ironed onto pre dyed 'Decovil 1' then sealed with acrylic wax
Using the latest iron-on interfacings we will create beautiful, sparkly surfaces to stitch – or not. We will be making slip covers for books as well as decorating directly on to spiral bound sketch book covers using painted Bondaweb. (your decorated books would make fabulous Christmas presents).
Foredown Tower, Foredown Road, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 2EW
for a booking form go to – www.kimsworkshops.com
If the booking form doesn't work - just email me firstname.lastname@example.org
The photo and text below are from Jen Henley. Jen has been on a couple of my courses and is a teacher as well. She is a great experimenter (not a proper word, but it fits) and is good at letting me know what she is up to.
"Here is a collage of the book – the images do not convey the yummy feel of the cover. The photo on the left is a section of the inside of the cover, which was sponged with textile paint. Brown paper was used for the outside – it had had a pattern rolled on in gesso, then given a wash of Koh-i-Noor paints. For the wash a very wide paint brush was used over the whole palette to give a mucky colour. Finally two coats of acrylic wax has sealed it. The 'Decovil 1' is a perfect book cover weight. Must experiment now with fabric and stitch."
If you would like any more information about these courses then do contact me.
I must carry on with the book . . . .