coronavirus and an update

As the Coronavirus situation accelerates I feel I should update you with what the current situation is here at the Granary Studio regarding classes.

I can confirm that currently, no one here or anyone connected to the studio, has has contracted the virus or, to my knowledge, had any contact with anyone who has. However, I will be ever more vigilant with respect to hygiene and cleanliness provision including regular sanitisation of all those areas of high use – door handles, counters, bathroom etc – while being aware of the importance of regular hand washing.
At the moment I am continuing with my programme of classes as listed on the website, www.granarystudio.com , but this position will be reviewed on a regular basis and changed if and when it is necessary, or if there is a recommendation or directive from the Government.

We have just had four days of very succesful classes, two days with Amanda Hislop, working with concertina books, followed by another two days ‘Painting and  Drawing with Natural Materials’, tutored by Mel Rose, where we learned to make our own Gesso, Oak Gall Ink, and Egg Tempura.

On Saturday and Sunday, Caroline Bell will be teaching ‘Natural Dyeing’ and we do have a space on it if anyone fancies a fun couple of days here..BUT, should anything change and the workshop has to be cancelled I will let you know immediately.  Unfortunately I have had to cancel ‘Exploring Place’ tutored by Debbie Lyddon because of student cancellations, but Debbie will return next year to teach.

Each workshop in the future will be assessed individually on a similar basis, but we do ask that if you are due to attend a workshop and there is a likely risk that you have been in contact with the virus, please let us know as soon as possible that you will not be attending and then follow the general directive to self-isolate. Likewise, if you have attended a workshop here, and then quickly go on to develop symptoms, please let us know so we can inform everyone else who attended with you.

As the government has not imposed any restrictions on events such as these small gatherings, with regards to the workshop charges, our current cancellation policy will prevail for the time being. In a nut-shell, should a workshop have to be cancelled, a full refund will be given, but anyone deciding to cancel their place on a workshop that is going ahead will be charged if the place cannot be filled from a waiting list.

While you are here taking part in a workshop you may feel more secure by bringing hand-sanitizer and wipes etc with you. You may also want to bring your own cup for tea and coffee. I leave that entirely up to you – the main thing is to enjoy the workshops while you are here.

Some of you will be aware that the studio was due to go to the ICHF show, Fashion and Embroidery, on Thursday at the NEC which has now been postponed. The new dates are now 25-28 June which we will attend, assuming all has returned to some semblance of normality by then. This does mean that I am re-scheduling the classes to be taught by Sue Dove and she and I are working on some new dates for the diary for her classes… they will go up on the website as soon as I finalise things with her.

Meanwhile, keep safe everyone, and I hope things return to some sort of normality soon
Susan

Belated Happy New Year

 

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A very belated Happy New Year, I am sorry that this is so late, I have been busy dealing with some family issues and some health issues of my own, but all is well now …Spring is springing and i am watching the sparrows and robins being busy on the feeders .. I have been working on some new classes for the autumn, but first of all I have had an unusual number of late cancellations for upcoming classes, which, while unfortunate, may provide an unexpected opportunity for someone to take a place.… further details of these courses may be found in the classes section of this website. do please let me know if you are interested because when this newsletter arrives, the spaces will probably go very quickly.

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14 & 15 March Drawing and Painting with Natural Materials £125         2 spaces   tutor Mel Rose

In response to the early spring landscape, students will be shown how to prepare and make chalk gesso surfaces on both paper and plywood, as well as egg tempura and oak gall ink. N.B. Students will walk out into the landscape regardless of weather, with sketchbook and camera and then studio development of their drawings and digital images.
further classes from Mel this year are
16 & 17 June  Figure in the  Landscape    £125 5 spaces
12 & 13 Sept  Expressive Painting from Nature  £125  6 spaces
13 July Summer En Plein Air, Life Drawing £38 17.00–20.00 4 spaces
21 Dec Candlelit Solstice, Life Drawing £38 17.00-20.00 4 spaces

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21 and 22 March Natural Dyeing £120 2 spaces tutor Caroline Bell
Students will learn the basics of natural dyeing using natural dye extracts, preparation of fabrics, the correct use of mordants and methods of modifying those colours to achieve a whole rainbow of samples thus debunking the myth that natural dyes produce only muddy or insipid results which do not .
Further classes from Caroline with spaces this year are
23-24 May Indigo £120 1 space  tutor Caroline Bell
18 & 19 July Eco Printing Masterclass £120 2 spaces tutor Caroline Bell

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23-26 March Exploring Place £420 3 spaces tutor Debbie Lyddon
It is very unusual for spaces to come available for Debbie’s classes. late cancellations have provided an opportunity for what students have described as a life changing experience. This is the only time Debbie will teach here this year.
Discover new ways of inspiring your creative work by using all of your senses to observe the world around you.  Part of this workshop will be spent outside – looking, listening and touching – to collect information from the environment. This material will be documented with drawing, sound recording and writing. Back in the studio your collections will form a starting point for experiments with paper, cloth, stitch, mark-making, collage and printing to create a unique and personal record of your exploration of place.

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27 & 28 March Nuno Felted Needlecase £150 3 spaces tutor Clare Bullock
My needle case is very special to me, it contains beautiful threads, pieces of work ready to stitch, quotes that inspire, things that I have found, and photos etc. It’s my working journal and I feel totally lost without it.
Join me in making your own personal Nuno felted needle case, maybe using special fabrics, photos and any other items that hold meaning to you.
Further classes from Clare this year are
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18 April    Sketchbooks, Let’s Keep it Small £150 5 Spaces tutor Clare
14 & 15 August   Urban Decay  £150  1 space  tutor Clare 

I am sad that cancellations are on the increase, and, while I understand that things do happen, especially when a lot of you book in so early, it makes life very tricky with such small classes. if I fall below 4 or 5 students I am operating at a loss which I can ill afford of course.. so, I must remind everyone that the half fee deposit is non refundable and non transferrable, this gives me a little more leeway in being able to run a class and not let other students down. On the other hand, if a class is full, it is always worth putting your name down on a waiting list because of this cancellation rate

Later in the year we have a sprinkling of spaces on other classes as well as the four tutors previously mentioned. I have introduced a new section in the website which gives a quick look at the upcoming classes and an idea of where the spaces are.. if you go to the classes section of the website http://www.granarystudio.com the first paragraph gives you a link to ‘A Quick Look’ which lists the classes in chronological order with the current situation regarding spaces. I hope you find this helpful.
Meanwhile here is a flavour of the classes offered by the remaining tutors… and do read to the end because there is news of another new tutor visiting the granary later this year!

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28 & 29 May A Little book of Leaves £175 2 spaces tutor Amanda Clayton
Using traditional hand stitch techniques and extreme contrasts of neutral cloth and thread we will explore running stitch, cutwork, layering, applique and inlay using leaves and other natural forms as a means to inspire and produce a personal cloth book. Amanda returns next year to teach her workshop ‘Fragile Forms’

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24 & 25 June Collage, Stitch and Sketchbook  £180 4 spaces   tutor   Sue Dove
27 &28 June Nuno Felt into Stitch  £180 4 spaces   tutor   Sue Dove

Back to back workshops from this inspirational tutor. Sue teaches her colourful quirky techniques using collage, applique, sketchbook ideas, and nuno felt.  Sue keeps saying these are her last workshops, so don’t miss this opportunity

Classes from Amanda Hislop with spaces are 
2& 3 July  Seascapes Unfold  £150 2 Spaces tutor Amanda Hislop
26 & 27 September  Exploring Trees as a Theme £150 2 spaces  tutor Amanda Hislop

We have four new tutors visiting the Granary this year which I am very excited about I do try and bring you the best tutors I can and I am pleased to describe their classes here

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16 & 17July Inspired by Klimt £175 1 space tutor Wendy Dolan
Enjoy two days exploring the patterns and colours in the work of Gustav Klimt. You will be layering fabrics, machine stitching and then burning away areas with a soldering iron. Gold and Silver leaf (imitation) will be applied to areas of the design

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25 & 26 July Mosaics  £165 + £35 materials  2 spaces  tutor Susie Chaikin
A 2 day course designing and making 2 beautiful mosaics. We will mosaic  a pre-cut heart shape to hang on a wall, making this piece you will learn the techniques of cutting and placing  the mosaic pieces. For your second piece you will design, draw up,  and produce your own design in mosaic. We will be working  with an array of beautiful mosaic jewel like pieces. You can incorporate your own China and memorabilia into your mosaic making it personal to you. So start collecting pieces of crockery that you like,  China plates, tea cups,  birds,figures, flowers (little pots of a cluster of flowers like our grannies had on their sideboard are perfect), badges,  jewellery etc, carboots and charity shops are great for these.

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8 & 9 August Masterclass, Colour, Fabric and Form  £170  3 spaces tutor Stewart Kelly
During this masterclass,you will explore the possibilities of combining drawing, colour, mixed media, paper as fabric,and stitched textile techniques.This will be an experimental workshop,focusing on exploration, and the process of discovery through making. Therefore, I would encourage you to come with an open mind, willing to try new things and enjoy yourselves

And last but not least I have just booked Alice Fox to come and teach at the Granary Studio

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28 & 29 October Botanical Colour £195 3 spaces tutor Alice Fox
Explore techniques for capturing natural colour on cloth and paper, bringing colour, mark and hand stitch together. Using gathered materials and plant matter we will make our own botanical inks and experimental mark-making tools, as well as eco-printing on paper and cloth. We will bring these organic marks together with hand stitch in simple but unique hand made book structures.

wow, what a lot of information … and here is a bit more…
The Granary Studio is going to the ICHF show, ‘Fashion and Embroidery’  at the NEC 19-22 March! We have a great line up with Clare Bullock, Jenny O’Leary and Susie Chaikin teaching workshops and Sue Dove, Amanda Clayton and Me,Susan Chapman demonstrating.. we have some exhibiting space too, so, if any students have some finished work as a result of any of the workshops they have attended here, and that you would like to exhibit at the show, please do get in touch.
If you can get to the show, do please pop by and say hello.

The last word … I have finally written a book to accompany the new body of work I have been working on all winter, and will be exhhibiting at the Quilt Festival in Groningen, Holland in mid June… it has mostly gone to the publisher now apart from the intro and a few photos, so, exciting times for me.
I look forward to welcoming lots of you to the studio this year and am working hard to bring some new and exciting classes for the Autumn, and Spring… thanks for listening x

The Autumn and Spring programme is here

The programme of new classes is here, although all the sessions are listed in the classes section of this site, not all the information sheets are there yet, so please bear with me, I am going as fast as I can … still waiting on a couple of requirements lists here and there

hope you like what we have to offer this year

enjoy!

End of January already!

How can we be at the end of January, it feels as though we have only just put the Xmas decs away … February sees the start of the new years’ classes so things are revving up now, my Creative Textiles and Procion Printing long courses are starting again this week, as is Mel’s life drawing … Amanda Hislop returns to the Granary to teach her ‘Imagined Seascapes’ too…

Caroline Bell is offering a brand new class titled ‘Natural dyeing ‘ in response to requests from preious students .. she has spaces on this, so if you are interested in dyeing rather than printing, then come along to try it out ..two tuesdays 13 & 20 Feb, more details in the classes section of this website, it is £100 for the two days, all dyes included.. should be a great couple of days, let me know if you are interested.

The life drawing is roughly once a month and although we have a nucleus of regular students there are often the odd space so if you wish to go on that email list offering these spaces, please contact me..

thats it for now, more things coming up in March, will let you know at the end of feb

get creative

susan x

 

 

 

The Autumn Term is upon us

Wow, what a summer… Clare Bullock came to teach at the Granary Studio for the first time … I went to Lizzie Houghton’s summer school in Penzance and made a fabulous nuno felt jacket in the round… Festival of Quilts came and went with lots of new opportunites, exhibitions and new students…. Hampshire Open Studios  has just finished, with lots of lovely visitors and yet more new students.. Our registers are bursting at the seams so new classes have been added to the timetable… read on to see some details …
Caroline Bell has some new classes in the timetable ..her Autumn Eco printing class filled very quickly, so she is offering a slightly different Spring Eco printing class for those that couldn’t get onto the Autumn Eco, this is running Tuesday 18 and Tues 25 April 2017.. and several people visiting our open studios expressed a wish to do the basic two day Eco-printing class at the weekend instead of consecutive Tuesdays becaue they work full time, so, we have EcoPrinting weekend running on Sat 8th and Sun 9th July 2017 for you.
Caroline is also offering a second Eco-masterclass weekend which is running on Sat 17 and Sun 18 June 2017.. All these classes have spaces on at the moment
more of Carolines interesting bundles!
The image shows the nuno felt sample from her first class… everyone had a great time and she has now put in two new classes.. first of all..‘The Versatility of Felt’ will run on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 november 2016, where Clare will show a variety of different effects with felt.. and ‘3D felt’ which will run on Fri 10 and Sat 11 February 2017, where Clare will lead students through methods of creating 3 dimensional form with felt
Life Drawing with Mel Rose continues as usual with the second of the Beginners life days coming up on Saturday 10th September 2016… A new block of six for the advanced class starts on Thurs 15 September, this is a change from Monday evenings owing to other commitments for Mel and Me. I am hoping to persuade Mel to find time for a second less experienced group, but I know just how busy she is with lots of new opportunities coming up
My classes are also booking up fast …The first ‘Procion and Process’ group has now finished all ten sessions and I am really pleased with the work they are now producing, with some of them going forward to study on the Independent Study class next year starting in February 2017…. my new group for ‘Procion and Process’ is signed up to start in February 2017 as well… as always I will take any new names for any of the classes, and start an extra class if it is required
The last session for this group was to learn about the use of Formosul for taking colour out of fabric, and some exciting effects were achieved in spite of the nasty smell of the chemicals!
Finally, I hope you have all had a great summer and are ready for the challenges of the term ahead… I hope you will sign up for classes with what I regard as the best tutors in their field.. always message me if there is a class or tutor out there that you would like to study with and I will do my best to facilitate it…. thanks for reading this and I will be back in touch soon with news of yet more new tutors hopefully, watch this space x
Caroline was busy creating wonderful fabrics at the Open Studios … she has a couple of classes coming up which still have spaces on  …
Indigo Queen of Natural Dyes, Caroline will introduce a natural indigo Vat together with the use of flour paste resist, such a relief to be able to achieve those wonderful blues without the use of toxic chemicals, this is running on Sat 15 and Sun 16 October 2016
And, a second Eco-Stitching day.. this was really good last time, Caroline leads you through putting lots of your samples together into a kind of collage and shows appropriate hand stitches for the piece… a gentle day with lots of time to chat and lovely results.. this is running on Tuesday 15th November 2016.. get in quickly to come to these two wonderful days with Caroline
Clare Bullock is returning to The Granary Studio to teach two more classes
Amande Hislop is coming to the Granary Studio for the first time, she is offering two different classes....’Abstracted Land’ will run on Thurs 25 and Fri 26 May 2017 and is described as an experimental workshop using landscape as a focus… Amanda typically uses a restricted colour palette of natural colours… her second class is ‘Using Sketchbooks as a Rich Resource..‘ which again will be an experimental adventure in drawing collage and mixed media .. this will run for three days on Thurs 28, Fri 29 and Sat 30 September 2017, and I am looking forward to taking part in this one if there is a small space in a corner somewhere!
Kim Thittichai may have nearly emigrated to Western Ireland but she is still coming to teach at the Granary Studio for the first time… Fri 9 June 2017 sees her teaching ‘On The Surface Plus!’ and Sat 10 and Sun 11 June 2017 she will be teaching ‘Transforming Transfers’.  Both these classes are now fully booked but I am keeping a waiting list in case of cancellations or maybe even an extra class if there is a need
I am starting a brand new class called ‘Creative Textiles’ which will start on March 9 2017. It will generally be on the first Thursday in the month running in 5 session blocks. It will kind of replace the Contemporary Textile Workshop that ran at Eastleigh College in previous years… so .. design challenges for students to continue their pieces in between sessions …. and each set of five will have a different theme to start the sessions off. If you want to talk this through with me then don’t hesitate to contact me … it will be part teaching and part mentoring… should be fun!

Autumn Classes

The Autumn programme of classes is up on the website here, just click on the button classes across the top of the home page and you will be taken to the classes that are being offered this autumn/winter… I will be adding more as we go along , but , I have got this together because I am off to the festival of quilts tomorrow.. I will have my leaflets there so, if you are interested, contact me quickly …. i will take waiting lists for all the classes and offer further classes where i can…

i will be on stand QIA24 and also demonstrating on Art Van Go’s Artist in Action stand at the back of their main stand

so, please pop in and say hello, see you there!

Open Studios at the Granary

We are having lots of fun this week at the Granary Studio. It is open studios and we have had lots of lovely visitors .. A new exhibiting group called Room 6, who are loosely connected with the Eastleigh College degree I used to run, have their work here. There is lots of tea and coffee being drunk and cake eaten.

I am in the studio printing the panels for the Romsey Abbey exhibition in October, Caroline is eco-printing in the gazebo outside, lynn and Consuelo are stitching and wrapping, so, there is lots to see and people to talk to…

The teaching space is on show and hopefully people will sign up for some of our Autumn classes

There are a couple of spaces on the early session of Life Drawing starting wed 2nd September, more information on the ‘courses’ button here at this site…. I wold love to fill them because Melanie Rose is our visiting life drawing tutor and she is brilliant … dont worry if you have never done it before, she wil lead you through, so please do give it a try

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