Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekend Workshop with Alice Vander Vennen...

I just spent the most wonderful weekend with my Group of Eight friends and the incredibly talented Alice Vander Vennen. It was a fun filled workshop and the work that was produced was fabulous. Here are the pieces I have come away with...

We started with a couple of small exercises to get us warmed up. These were intended to be used for cards so we mounted them on card blanks.

The next exercise was a little larger, but we were still working quickly and loosely. I love the juxtaposition of the various fibres and textures combined with the minimal hand stitch.




















This small square piece, framed in a 10" square frame, started out as a card, but I worked back into it a bit and decided to frame it.
These two photos are close ups of individual components of a larger piece. 


There is still a little more work that will go into this piece before it's ready to be framed.

This piece is the start of a work in progress. I honestly don't know where this will take me, but I love the relatively fast, intuitive manner in which it's coming together. Time will tell where it goes and what it becomes ;)




Wafer was a most wonderful companion during the weekend. Although she loves little silk scraps and thinks of them a bit like chewing gum, for a six month old (today's her half birthday) she did very well during the two day workshop. I'm proud of my silly girl!






6 comments:

  1. The one you don't know what to do with is a stack of books. You just need to embroider titles on the spines. I'm a retired librarian - I can't help it....

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    1. Haha Jean, that's funny. Actually, it's already got a title. I'm calling it 'Snakes & Ladders', so no books, but I certainly see how they could become books ;)

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  2. Looks like a fun workshop, Linda!

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    1. It was fabulous! If you ever get a chance to take a workshop with Alice I highly recommend it.

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  3. OMGosh, Jean's comment is right on. I didn't see it, read the comment, then had to scroll up again to see the photo. Yes, I immediately saw the stack of books! The colours and textures that you've used are great. I love the GOE concept. I'll have to get my own group going. (Imitation is the best form of flattery, isn't it?)

    Thanks for posting to TN&TN's WIP Wednesday, Linda.

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    1. Thanks Laurel. And yes, having a small group of like minded artist working together is wonderfully inspiring!

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