Friday, 1 February 2019

Print*Collage*Stitch workshop on February 10th

TAAG Arts centre, Teignmouth.
Sunday 10th February 2019
10.30 - 4pm £40 
A one day textile workshop exploring a range of print, collage & stitch techniques. 



You will investigate ways to apply a unique combination of colours, textures and pattern to cloth.
Use heat transfer dyes and printmaking inks to achieve different effects on man made & natural fabrics.
Then combine your monoprint fabrics using collage, stitch & overprinting to create layered, multi media art work.
This is an opportunity to play with unusual colour and material combinations. 
Print directly from natural and man made objects creating unique or repeat effects. 
Cut & collage your prints then bring each composition together through the addition of hand & free machine stitching.
In this one day workshop the emphasis will be on creating lots of printed fabrics. 
We will use most of the studio time to print a wide range of textile pieces for you to take away to embellish through further collage & stitch at home.  
I will demonstrate approaches to stitch development using additional media, hand & free machine embroidery. You are very welcome to bring your own threads, sewing machine and sketchbooks to the workshop if  you would like some direction using these.
The workshop is suitable for all levels of maker, from experienced textile artist to those looking for a new creating medium.
We will be using a heat printing press but all the techniques explored can be achieved using domestic equipment and hand printing.

WHAT TO BRING - if you have them available.
A range of pale fabric samples. 
Dried flowers & leaves, feathers, lace scraps, interesting flat textures.
Printable objects (anything we can roll ink on to - remember we are working on fabric - pineapple skin makes a great texture/pattern)

I am limiting this workshop to 8 participants to allow plenty of space and easy access to the press. 
Places must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
Please get in touch at: 
 Tel: 07515397921 

Douglas Anderson

Work from the recent exhibition

Some of my prints and print / stitch pieces from the recent group exhibition.

a catch up on our exhibition at RHS ROSEMOOR

Our group exhibition at RHS ROSEMOOR between December 2019 & January 2020 was a great success. 
The exhibition looked stunning with a great variety of work from Jenny Bone, 
Kevin McDonaugh, Alan Dilly and myself.
We were really pleased with the positive feedback from visitors and I’m happy to say that there were a good number of sales too.
We are now organising a venue to show some of the exhibition plus new work later in 2020.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Icarus by Alan Dilly

Alan Dilly
Icarus Dreaming
Free Hand Machine Embroidery
Stranded on an island with his father Deadalus, Icarus dreams of escape.
20 coloured Madeira threads were used.

222 x157mm

This work is based on a life drawing, a quick sketch that was to remind me 
of the story of Icarus. 


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Artist's Inspiration - Alan Dilly

Drawing study of The Great Pine by Paul Cezanne - Alan Dilly

Free Machine embroidery (135mm square) - Alan Dilly

This machine embroidery is based on one of my favourite paintings 
The Great Pine by Paul Cezanne. (Oil on canvas 1892 – 6).

I went to Paris where it was on loan from Brazil and spent some time sketching it. 
Although I also made a copy painting to practice his technique, I had in mind to develop this as a piece of textiles 
I tried to follow the direction of the brush work in the original and used 17 colours of Madeira threads, as close to Cezanne’s pigments as possible.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

A fresh perspective - Kevin McDonagh

Venford Falls - Kevin McDonagh

This is one of my favourite locations to photograph on Dartmoor - not only because it is such a beautiful and tranquil spot, but also because it is difficult to get a moment when the light is "right" for all elements in the scene.  Sunlight brings the foliage out but bleaches the water.  Cloud gives better results for the water but tones down the greenery.  So I try to visit this spot often to see if I can improve the image on each occasion. I don't believe this will be the last of my visits to Venford Falls!

In the coming months I am off on a Wildlife photography holiday in the Cairngorms and hope, with the help of the wildlife photographer, to improve this aspect of my photography.  We'll see!  Later in the year I will do some touring in Germany - details as yet unplanned, but it will no doubt involve some more landscape work.


Monday, 12 March 2018

A successful collaboration

A photographer & textile artist working in partnership.

Jenny Bone & Kevin McDonagh on location in rural Devon.

Jenny Bone
After a fulfilling career in art education, retiring to Devon seemed like the icing on life's cake.
Dartmoor continues to inspire. It is such a joy to walk out on the moors and explore the ever changing landscape. 

I usually take my sketchbook when Kevin carries his camera but use his photographs extensively for inspiration and references I need for my landscape needlefelting.

There is something so satisfying about working in fibre. 'Painting' with felt adds a tactile dimension to the work. I lay down the basic composition with wool rovings onto a felt fabric background. The coloured wools are then needle felted into the fabric either using an embellisher machine or with a small hand tool. Details are added by hand and machine embroidery.

Kevin McDonagh
I have had a keen interest in photography since my early twenties.  It is only since moving to Devon four years ago that I have found the time and inspiration to develop this interest.  What has inspired me most to take photographs is the Devon landscape.  
Since joining the Devon Wildlife Trust as a volunteer, my interests have expanded to wildlife - a form of photography I am still developing. 

Being invited to join my colleagues in this exhibition has encouraged me to share some 
of the images which I have been inspired to shoot with a wider audience. 

A sheep poses for the camera
Howell Rocks (Kevin McDonagh)
Preparatory watercolour sketch (Jenny Bone)
Howell Rocks - Hand felted and embroidered piece (Jenny Bone)

Bonehill Rocks (Kevin McDonagh)
Bonehill Rocks (Jenny Bone)

Lucky Tor (Kevin McDonagh)
Lucky Tor (Jenny Bone)

View of Teignmouth (Kevin McDonagh)

View of Teignmouth (Jenny Bone)

Sharp Tor (Kevin McDonagh)
Sharp Tor (Jenny Bone)

Look out for future updates from our artists as we develop ideas & new work in preparation for our show at 
RHS Rosemoor, Devon 
16th December 2018 - 20th January 2019