Women of the Cloth - Christmas Exhibition and Workshops
Wednesday 27th November to Tuesday 10th December 2013
Private View Wednesday 27th November 6:30pm-9pm
Textile artists using fibre, yarn, cloth, stitch, colour to express their creativity
Sprout Arts are pleased to welcome back the wonderful Women of the Cloth who have all been busy making gorgeous tactile textile items for our second pre-Christmas sale. Come & join them and their guests for a cuppa/glass of wine and boost your Christmas shopping with some unique, locally handmade gifts including Loren's handknit scarves & sparkly snowflakes.
Carol and Joan will be running workshops as always, but this time we'll be joined by guest needlefelting tutor Janet Thompson.
A full list of workshops is available here.
Joan & Carol
Artist Georgia O'Keefe said "I found I could say things with colours and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I found I had no words for". Joan and Carol would wholeheartedly agree! Making things with our hands is essential to our wellbeing and we aim to pass on that feelgood factor to all who join our workshops through working with colour and texture - feltmaking, weaving, stitching, crocheting. These techniques allow everyone to enjoy the creative process, even those who feel they have little practical or artistic ability.
We're delighted to be joined by guest Louise, whose textile work includes techniques such as batik and screen printing whilst hand and machine embroidery are a particular passion for her. She paints and draws in inks and gouache, adding touches of metallic. She has recently been exploring the early photographic technique of cyanotypes both on fabric and paper to great effect and loves all things connected to nature. She is currently working her way through Cassells Book of Birds as inspiration for the latest pieces
Janet creates these lovely dogs using simply sheeps' fleece and a needlefelting needle. For Christmas she will also have angels to hang on your tree and other quirky woollen creatures for sale. We are very pleased to announce that Janet will be running a daytime needlefelting workshop at Sprout Arts on Monday, 2nd December. If you'd like to make your own needlefelted creature, book early to avoid disappointment!
Kim has extended her range of scarves to include upcycled wool, linen, silk and cashmere. She says, "I love finding something that is no longer wanted and turning it into a unique, desirable object. It's more interesting for me to work with a range of materials and colours, and it keeps my prices reasonable. These are perfect Christmas gifts that are stylish and sustainable!" Kim's scarves sell like hot cakes, so don't delay ... She will also have a few felted and knitted surprises.