Workshops

Here you will find details of our workshop programme which will run concurrently with the exhibition.  All workshops will be run at the Art Van Go Studios, 1 Stevenage Road, Knebworth, Herts,  SG3 6AN.  If you require any further details regarding the workshops run on these dates please contact us at From the Earth at fromtheearthtextiles@gmail.com rather than Viv and Kev at Art Van Go as they will not be able to help you. If you have an urgent query then please contact Caroline on 02380550657.

If you are interested in a place place on any of the workshops listed below please email fromtheearthtextiles@gmail.com stating the title of the workshop you wish to register for. A deposit of £50 will secure a place, the balance payable by 30/4/2016. We can take cheques or alternatively we can arrange to take a card payment via Paypal, you do not need an account to use this facility.

Should the classes fill up then we will operate a waiting list

Cancellations; In the unfortunate event that you need to cancel then we will endeavour to try and fill your place from the waiting list, should it exist and refund the monies paid minus any costs accrued from the transactions. From June 1st 2016 we regret we will not be able to issue any refunds except in very exceptional circumstances. Equally should any of the classes not attract viable numbers then we reserve the right to cancel in which case a refund will be given in full.

The Workshops

June 10th and 11th 2016 – 2 days ‘Organic Indigo Dyeing: Ancient Techniques, A New Twist’ with Jenny Leslie. £95.00

Learn how to make a vat and generate an array of samples. You will then use a variety of flour paste resists to make organic marks on these samples and then experiment with over dyeing with other natural colours. This class is suitable for beginners and experienced alike.

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June 14th, 15th, 16th – 3 days ‘Eco Prints and Memory Cloth’  with Fabienne Dorsmann-Rey. £295

Deepen your understanding of plant magic and alchemy potions and enjoy the magnificence of the natural colours gained in respect of nature and the slow passing of time. You will have the opportunity to experiment with local plants from the Art Van Go garden as well as found materials and plants gathered during walks outside. We shall experiment with various ecologically responsible mordants and modifiers in order to add your personal marks and symbols onto your fabrics. We’ll assemble the samples obtained by hand stitching, using our self dyed silk threads, to create our own Memory Cloth, like a textile diary.

This course is intended for those who already have some experience with eco dyeing and desire to widen their understanding of plants and mordants on various fabrics as well as learn new techniques to expand the range of their artistic expression.

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STOP PRESS Class is now full – thank you. Please inquire about waiting list

17th June 2016 – 1 day ‘Pods of Tenderness: Stitch your Own’ with Fabienne Rey £60.00

For those who want more, an additional day to explore the combination of hand stitching and building a 3D vessel with scraps of eco-dyed fabrics. Bring your own eco printed fabrics to create your personal  Pod of Tenderness to be filled with emotions that cannot be said, and to be the keepers of what is dear to you and feeds your soul.

This workshop will explore how we can feel and respond to the cloth by making your own marks, using a variation of, of layers, threads, simple stitches and distortion. There is no need to be an experienced embroiderer, but you will need to be able to sew a simple seam by hand and to do some simple stitches.

Fabienne will demonstrate the construction of the pod and you will be able to finish it at home at your own pace

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21st June and 22nd June – 2 days – ‘Black and White; the Diversity of Natural Fibres with Sarah Waters  £150

In this workshop students will be using a variety of natural fleeces and working with their characteristics to produce an array of samples. Students will learn a range of techniques and textural skills during their sampling including the use of prefelts and resists. On the second day students will incorporate the knowledge and techniques learnt to produce a final 3D structure. There will be continued guidance throughout with practical demonstrations at every stage. This workshop is about experimentation and extending your textural skills. It is anticipated that students will need a basic knowledge of laying out fibres and felting and thus is not for beginners.

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23rd June and 24th June – 2 days – Screen Printing Using Natural Dye Extracts with Caroline Bell and Alison Hulme £150 (to include all materials including fabric)

In this workshop students will gain an insight about how to incorporate natural dyes into the screen printing process and how to obtain a range of colour possibilities through the use of mordants. There will be an opportunity to create multi-layered printed textile surfaces using resists, stencils and thermofaxes. Day one will be concerned with the familiarisation of the various techniques and processes.  Day 2 will provide an opportunity for students to work more independently with the 11025784_889837011038242_3258289738083401005_n 11009207_889837154371561_4451001389195951059_n  guidance of the tutors throughout. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced alike.

28th, 29th and 30th – 3 days – Rust Marks with Alice Fox £195

An in depth exploration of the potential for printing and dyeing with found rusty objects. Produce a series of unique prints and marks on paper and fabric with time for these to develop fully throughout the course. Create a range of textural surfaces using fabric manipulation and hand stitch as a precursor to rust dyeing. Develop a series of samples or small works by responding to your printed rust marks with hand stitch, collage and simple book techniques

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Further information and practicalities

Requirements lists will be sent out nearer the time. Some materials for some of the classes are included in the cost of the class.  Those coming from further afield might like to be aware that ArtVanGo is also a well stocked art and textiles supplies shop which carries a huge range of goods including fabrics ready for dyeing. Their online shop can be accessed here

All workshops will run from  10am to 4pm, participants are encouraged to arrive from 9.30 onwards to ensure a prompt start. Tea and coffee are provided free of charge. You can bring a packed lunch but if preferred sandwiches and light snacks can be ordered and purchased locally.

If arriving by car there is limited parking at the studios but plenty available in nearby streets. There is a rail station about 5 minutes walk away with a regular service into Kings Cross, London.

There is a range of available accommodation locally including some options within walking distance. Please contact us and we can advise.

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