Vintage Lace Pocket Wall Hanger
February Inspiration in The Art Old Room is ‘Vintage, Lace and Recycle’.
The Art Piece above was made from a polystyrene Lace Pillow and recycled lining fabric and diamante brooch. It has made a great display in the studio and encouraged lots of Shabby Chic Flowers and sorting out of jewellery boxes.
See more displays HERE
See The Old Art Room dressed ‘Vintage’ HERE
The Vintage Lace Pockets was inspired by a show wall tidy. A friend needed one to help keep her chair area tidy and the plastic one she had was looking well used and the pockets were starting to come away. I decided to make a fabric version and this is mine with lots of Vintage Lace and I made one for her and used her family lace too! We had great fun sorting out such beautiful old lace and using it on a practical but beautiful item to look at.
See more of my Vintage Lace Artworks HERE
See what is being created in The Old Art Room by students HERE
See my creations in my home studio HERE
The new creative year has started in full swing with Gill and I dressing The Art Room with all the wonderful treasures I brought in Jaipur. You can see a small selection in the photo above. We went to India at the beginning of December 2013 with Jamie and Claire from Colouricous it was an amazing and extraordinary holiday!
See the video of our reviews of the holiday (I follow Lesley), the Hotel we stayed in and other interesting India inspiration HERE
See my sketchbook of what is wonderful memories HERE
Pop over and see what is happening in The Old Art Room HERE
The Old Art Room is open for all the classes from the 13th of December so pop in for inspiration and share. See workshop dates and information HERE
Congratulations to the nineteen who passed their City and Guilds Creative Textiles Level Two. They studied either patchwork and Quilting or Machine Embroidery. The course covers over eighty techniques, two projects and the process of dyeing and decorating fabric. The work was outstanding so congratulations!
See a selection of their work HERE
Some are taking a break to enjoy all the techniques and the others are going on to Level Three Cerificate or The Diploma. These all start in September start dates to be arranged.
There is great excitement as Claire and I are moving The Art Room into the centre of Dereham, 2 and 3 Aldis Court, opposite Argos, so, a wonderful location. We can both have a shop each to set up as dedicated art and textile studio spaces which is fantastic. I will still be teaching out in the community as usual at certain times but this will be a permanent space to work, share, exhibit and enjoy. Lots of exciting events planned!
‘The Art Room’ is an Art Academy, so a mixture of leisure and certificated courses and workshop sessions available for all ages.
The doors open Monday 3rd of June and ‘Textile Tuesdays start on the 4th! Very exciting.
I start off the Textile Tuesday and Thursday this month with ‘Bags’ as they are as popular as ever.
Evening class on the 5th of June. 7pm until 9pm.
The second week is all about Embellishing, using the felting machines and ‘Bling’ you can sew on as Embellishments. There are four machines to share and lots of wonderful bits to experiment with.
There are two sessions to each Textile day as usual 10am until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45. The cost is £9 per session and includes a cup of tea and a biscuit. You bring your own ingredients/ project, enjoy the inspiration and there is supplies to purchase if you wish. There is also a very large scrap bag, well in my case a large aluminium box on wheels! To delve into to enhance your project or start a new one! Someone elses scrap bag is always more interesting somehow?
Lots to see and do each day so a visit is a must or if you are too far away visit regularly online to enjoy the atmosphere.
Monday afternoon from 2.30 until 5pm you can come along with your own project and enjoy working in a textile studio while I am working on my textile projects, mine are inspired by our Art Room visit to Kew Gardens and also Recycled Textiles and Stitch. I am there for tips and guidance only.
Starting at the end of the month June and continuing throughout the summer ‘Friday in Print‘ a way of exploring all different ways of printing and transposing designs. Also on request sketchbooks and book making.
Two sessions 10 until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45 and the cost is £10
Monday and Wednesdays I am still teaching City and Guilds and final projects and Design files are looking amazing.
We would like to thank the Benjamin Foundation and Cancer Care Moving on Project Dereham for their support in allowing us to teach and share their spaces since November 2012. It has really been appreciated and we have had a fantastic time.
Textile Classes have been going really well especially with the changes in venue since the beginning of the year. The Art Room Dereham has proved itself to be an ideal venue for art and textiles. City and Guilds continue and you can see in the photograph above there are some exciting artwork and samples being made. If any one is wanting to do a Creative Textile Class or City and Guilds and live in Norfolk please contact me.
To see more inspiration and of what is being created by myself and students visit my daily blog HERE
Textile Thursdays will be in The Cancer Care Centre from March and it is a lovely venue in the centre of Dereham, on Georges Road. Sessions are as normal 10am until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45. Look forward to sharing with you shortly.
Happy New Year to Everyone.
It has been an amazing creative year for me and many of my students, visitors and friends. This photo was taken by The Dereham Times photographer to celebrate the end of a creative textile year. Just a few of my students who got together to celebrate and share. Sadly it is the end of classes at The Memorial Hall as the Town Council do not wish for there to be an Art Centre at The Memorial Hall. The Gallery will close in February. Everyone is dismayed as it was a vibrant addition to the new renovated building. I have been teaching @The Gallery for three years and have had so much fun , so it is so sad The Gallery is closing. Thank you to Haydn and Judy and they will be continuing the framing shop and classes at other venues.
My City and Guilds classes will continue at The Memorial Hall until July. I will be moving “Textile Tuesday”from the 8th of January2013, to “The Art Room” along with Thursdays Patchwork and Quilting and Wednesday Evening classes there too. The Art Room, set up by Claire Francis Smith a Painter, Artist and Tutor, who also ran classes @The Gallery . Claire has opened up an Art Studio, a classroom purposely for Art and Textiles. It has the atmosphere of an Artist Studio and she has been creatively teaching and demonstrating there since November. See her website and work by clicking on the link/name above.
The Art Room is at 1A Rashers Green, Toftwood. Dereham. Norfolk. NR19 1JG. Come in and see the creativity.
Class lists, times and venues will be available on Quilters Cottage Norfolk.
So, New Year, new Venues, new ideas and lots of creativity.It has been a wonderful 2012 of creativity and I am really looking forward to the creativity this year as there is lots planned. I will try and put lots of posts up on my blogsite Quilters Cottage Norfolk to keep you up to date with all the creations again and the monthly one here at Art2Inspire.
Hope everyone has a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year.
When classes finished in June Stewart and I went down to Dorset to do some Art Camping at Guy Mallinson’s Crafty Camping. This was to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary, ‘Glamping’ in a Yurt for five days and Stewart taking a ‘Pole Lathe Course’ in the woods with seven other course members and the food was wonderful. Myself, I spent three days enjoying taking in the woodland atmosphere by making art in a Bodger’s Shelter opposite a Trout Pond, full size tepee and Woodland Shelter. Magical**** Guy and his team made us so welcome and the holiday was something else. Glamping here is so special, including the tree four poster bed, the round window in the yurt roof, watching lightning storms while in bed! and the willow tree showers, something else. We did leave twice in the five days once for our Lobster Anniversary dinner and a ‘Fossil Walk’ along Lyme Regis beach with Brandon a Geologists who really made it easy to find fossils. I found a beauty. To see my sketchbook, and some of the atmosphere of our holiday click HERE
To see my post and a video that captures the atmosphere of the camping visit my video tech site HERE
Visit Guy Mallinson, Crafty Camping, Yurt Camping and Wood Craft Courses HERE
It is truly magical, the holiday and experience has had a lasting effect on our lives. We immediately felt rested, batteries recharged and inspired.
The signs went up today outside the cottage to advertise Norfolk Open Studios. I will be open from the 26th May until the 10th of June, 10.30 until 5pm daily. The studio is looking very colourful and there is lots of mixed media art on show.
I will demonstrating different techniques everyday.
The event is free and everyone is welcome.
Photographs of my studio and daily art making click HERE
See all the Artists participating in the event at www.nnfestival.org.uk/openstudios
We look forward to seeing you virtually or in person.
Congratulations to the 18 students who completed their City and Guilds Level One Diploma in Patchwork and Quilting or Machine Embroidery with me @The Gallery Dereham.
I feel very proud of all the work they have done and textile journey they have travelled in just eight weeks. The eight weeks was a taster into different techniques, as a taster for the full City and Guilds. This Textile Diploma is worth 4 University Credits and is a lovely introduction into a full Certficate.
Every student made their textile samples and made them into a book. I feel as a tutor that making samples is important to learn techniques but by putting them into a fabric book it makes them into heirlooms and the book can be added to over the years.
See the newspaper articles in The Dereham Times
and The Eastern Daily Press
I as their Tutor have the task of assessing and marking all their wonderful work. Above you can see the students work laid out on my studio table. It is a busy time for me too as I am preparing for Norfolk Open Studios. My studio will be open from Saturday 26th of May 2012 until Sunday 10th June 2012, from 10.30-5pm.
See the City and Guilds class as they started by clicking HERE
Also visit The Gallery www.thegallerydereham.co.uk
Hope to see you at my Open Studios whether virtually or in person. I will be blogging each day of Open Studios with a video of my studio and photographs of the work produced. The opportunity for me to spend everyday for two weeks in my studio is fantastic. I love teaching but I too need to inspire and create new work.
So visit my daily blog www.quilterscottagenorfolk.blogspot.com