Metal, Print and Stitch with Alysn
We will develop patterns derived from the gaps between spaces created by repeating and reversing the original forms. You will also explore a variety of materials and techniques to express your work including metal fabrics, wires, papers and stitch.I particularly like the use of metal cloth because it results in a work which is translucent and seems ephemeral and delicate, these metal cloths also have intriguing structural and dimensional properties which we can exploit by using heat, and print techniques. We will explore these alongside paper and fabric alternatives.
Bringing together the materials and your designs is when you will build a layered and intensively worked piece.
This course assumes that you are happy to use free machine stitch in addition to hand work, but does not require any prior design or drawing skills.
PLEASE NOTE, I HAVE TWO SEWING MACHINES IN THE STUDIO AVAILABLE TO BE RESERVED FOR STUDENT USE… THE STUDIO IS ALSO WELL EQUIPED WITH EQUIPMENT FOR STUDENT USE, ALSO PRINTING INK ETC, SO CONCENTRATE ON BRINGING PAER AND FABRIC AS PER THE LIST
As these sessions are flexible, you may not use everything on the list, or may want to get more of certain items as you go. It’s hard to predict what will take your fancy! So, bring what you can. Items marked with (*) I will bring to borrow or buy. (#) indicates optional materials.
No materials fee in advance.
- General sewing requisites.
- Sewing machine, free machining foot and spare needles/other requisites. (#)
- General scissors.
- Small cutting board and knife.
- Few brushes. Flat, cheap paint brushes from dollar stores are fine. (*)
- Biro pen/s (not gel pen)
- Print Brayers x 2
- Perspex sheet at least A4 or stiff plastic for a print surface
- Small pliers or tweezers. (#)
Note: I tend to stick with neutral colour schemes to match the papers and metal fabrics, if you wish to use colour, it is probably a good plan to choose a limited scheme from a tight band of the colour wheel.
Drawing and Printing materials:
- Drawing pens, range of nib sizes.
- Water based printing inks/acrylic paints – small selection of colours or black.
A3 Cartridge paper drawing pad.
Layout paper pad A3 (30gsm)(*)
Firm Card, such as the back of the drawing pad. 1 or 2 pieces at A4 (ish)
- Other: (#)A few sheets of these papers to try out would be great but not essential.
Thai mulberry 120gsm or heavier
Packaging paper etc.
Fabrics and Threads
- Plain (not patterned), light coloured, mid or heavyweight cotton/calico or similar. Approx. 1m total. (#)
- Interfacing (Vilene ‘medium weight’ iron or sewin or similar) 1m maximum.(If you being fabric)
- Soluble Film. Heavyweight/Romeo. 1m
- Metal fabrics. Copper, bronze, brass or stainless steel. Approx. 1m maximum. (*)
- Hand stitch or cable stitching threads, such as string/perle/sewing threads etc.
- Machine stitch threads, but not viscose or rayon machine embroidery threads as they will sheer on the metal fabric, better are Gutterman/Sylko/quilting threads in cotton or polyester.
- Sticky back foam 1 or 2 A 4 sheets (Kids art supplies/online -or I have it to buy) (*)
- Baking parchment. (*)
- Baby wipes for cleaning up. (#)
Venue Needs List
- Access to water and power.
- As I am not able to fly with the gas, I will need a portable camping gas stove and gas,such as below. They are cheap and available from Bunnings or similar, or you may have one at home which we can borrow.
- Irons (not best!), and Ironing surface such as a cloth or newspaper. A couple in the class is plenty.