Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Meeting Alice Kettle and the CHF finalists

We had a wonderful w/e, which started on Friday with a lovely easy drive up to a great caravan site just past the NEC at Birmingham called Somers Wood. It's right in the countryside and best of all it's adults only, so it was really peaceful, which was just what we both needed after a very busy week.

As some of you will know I was a bit nervous about this workshop with Alice Kettle and meeting the other finalists in the competition, but as Julie so rightly said it would be fine and I'd have a great time.



The venue for the day was a purpose designed classroom with a bank of new Pfaffs to play with, and lots of lovely fabric and thread for our creative endeavours.

We started with a meet and greet session, followed by a show and tell. Everyone's work was very different, which made for much lively discussion, with Alice offering us all lots of encouragement and helpful suggestions as to how we might emphasise certain areas of our work.

I wish I had taken some photos of the work the others brought with them , but the day was a packed one and the time just flew by. We had a photographer with us for the day so hopefully we will get to see where the photos are being used at some point and I can show you.

During a working lunch Alice gave us a brief history of her career to date and a small insight into what it's like to be a successful working artist. There are some wonderful pics on her web site and we were privileged to see some her work in the flesh, which was amazing.

After lunch we settled down to doing some line sketches and collages of the still life compositions that Alice had set up for us. Our brief was to look at the type of line we could see in the objects and their relationships with each other, with the purpose of using the collages as a design source for our stitch samples.





These are two of my attempts, I had a spiky sanding drill bit, a chrysanthemum flower, a wire wool pot scourer and 2 fishing floats in front of me, amongst other things.



And this is one of my stitch samples, using techniques, stitch settings and materials inspired by some of Alice's samples.

Here are some of the other students work from the day.





It was so nice to meet the other finalists and have a chance to work together, under Alice's guidance, she is a lovely encouraging and generous tutor.

The rest of the w/e was gorgeous too, but that'll have to wait till later in the week as I'm still buzzing from all the advice and ideas I received on Saturday and can't wait to get on with the project.

16 comments:

Laura said...

It sound wonderful Sharon! What a privilige to be able to attend such a class. But very well deserved!

Pat said...

What a great weekend. I love your piece it must have been a fascinating excercise.

Gina said...

What a wonderful opportunity. The work you made looks really interesting.

Rebecca Harris said...

Hi Sharon

Great to read your blog on the day, it went so fast and I really enjoyed it. Be great to see you all again in September.

Becky

Heather said...

What a great opportunity and very exciting. I have to admit that I don't appreciate Alice Kettle's work but can see that she would have lots of sound advice to give you, and that you would all learn a great deal from her. Looking forward to seeing and hearing more when you have time.

Julie said...

Told ya so! lol :o) Fantastic! What a great experience, no wonder you're buzzing. Amazing to get another artist's insights too. Well done!

Carol said...

What a fantastic workshop, lucky you having Alice Kettle, just love her work

Fran├žoise said...

Wow Sharon, it looks like you had a great time!

Jacquelines blog said...

Looks like you had a great day!!!!

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Hi
Pleased you enjoyed the weekend. It is so nice spending time with like minded people isn't it?
Cheers
Shirley

Becky Vigor said...

I've been trying to work out what you were a finalist of, but my trawling has not enlightened me! Sounds like a great workshop though, and a good opportunity to get feedback on your work. I particularly like the stitching in yellow.

sharon young said...

I'm so sorry, Becky, the initials stand for the Charles henry Froyle trust Award for textile students http://www.thetextiledirectory.com/newsarticle/Stitched-textiles-competition-2009/, I was just being lazy.

MargaretR said...

Congratulations on being a finalist! What a wonderful day you must have had!

Aussie Jo said...

What a wonderful experience, congratulations.

hippopip said...

So glad that you had an enjoyable workshop looking forward to seeing everyones work at Redditch

Val said...

Just catching up with you Sharon - Wow it looks like you had a ball! Were you very nervous or daunted, once you got going? It doesn't look like it from your pix!