Sunday, 9 October 2011

Pictures from St Ives

A picture heavy post today from my trip to St Ives, where not only have I had the pleasure of teaching thirteen lovely ladies from Cornwall, but where I've also had some wonderful walks on windswept beaches, shared a drink or two with a blogging buddy (which made me late for dinner!) and I've also managed to catch up with family and friends en route.


We were based at the Treloyhan Manor hotel and much to my amusement the class took place in what was an extension to the lobby! I've taught in quite a variety of places in the past but a hotel lobby has to be a first for me. However, it wasn't a problem and we attracted a lot of attention and genuine interest from other guests.


And this was the view from the end where I was sitting... can't be bad, can it.



The ladies had been asked to bring in a landscape photograph as inspiration and their first task was to look at the colours and shapes and interprete this as a torn paper collage.


Then over the next couple of days they worked on various machine embroidery techniques to interprete their collages into machine stitched landscapes. The collage above and stitched picture below were the work of Joyce.


These are Ann's collage and stitched piece...



And the two pieces below were the work of Sheena, who was my delightful host for my first evening in Cornwall and who informed me she wasn't the least creative... I beg to differ!



The following are the rest of the stitched pieces that the ladies produced - most are still works in progress but they already look fabulous and will be wonderful when they are finished. The Grand Canyon from Barbara...


Bridget's...


Carol's...


Ellie's...


Jenny's...


Mary's... (who coped really well with a badly behaved machine.)


Pat's...


Ruth's...


Sheila's...


and last but not least, Wendy's.


And here they all are proudly showing their work! Didn't they all do well... especially as it was a very mixed group with very varied experience of machine embroidery.


It was a busy few days with some long tiring hours on the road but I've had a super time and can't wait until I go back to St Ives again. (If they'll have me of course!)

25 comments:

  1. Oh it looks like a wonderful workshop (envious!) and look at that setting. You must be so proud of how their work turned out. It's stunning!

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  2. What a beautiful place for a workshop, lucky you!
    Lovely work too, I think Sheena is definitely creative despite what she thinks. :)
    Vivienne x

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  3. We had a wonderful time working with you Gina and our landscapes look really professional, especially when framed (almost as good as yours!!) Just joking, but with ptractice,now we know how it's done, who knows.Thank you so much and you can come back at anytime.

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  4. whatt a beautiful place for a workshop and such talented ladies!
    xxx

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  5. very inspiring. what wonderful work the ladies turned out!

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  6. What a brilliant workshop and in such a beautiful place,what a bonus.

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  7. What clever ladies! Lovely samples and a fab venue sounds like a brilliant workshop.

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  8. Well done ladies. Now I know where to look for some like-minded people when I eventually get the chance to retire to that part of Cornwall!

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  9. What a treat - it's a long way, but looks as if you had a very satisfactory trip all round.

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  10. The landscapes your ladies created are spectacular and I really enjoyed your photos. penny

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  11. What a talented group you had Gina and a super location. The stitched landscapes are all so good - it's hard to pick out the first timers.
    I have never been to St.Ives but have always wanted to see it for myself.

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  12. This is my third attempt to leave a comment! The work is lovely - and the weather looks good too. What a great place to teach xx

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  13. What a fabulous place to go to work! And brilliant landscapes too. St Ives is definitely on my list of places I MUST go to, and soonish, it looks heavenly.

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  14. Wonderful work from all the ladies and gorgeous pictures of my favourite place. I'm glad you had a good trip and a successful workshop in an exclusive environment :-)

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  15. What a lucky and talented group of ladies.
    Oh so I was so near yet so far.
    Lovely work!
    xx

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  16. Looks like a great venue, and judging by the results, your pupils look to have enjoyed your course.

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  17. cor i'm jealous Gina, i love St Ives especially in December very quiet. Great work by your students too.

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  18. Really great to see all the work. the ladies are very talented, as are you too Gina. I do love Cornwall and Barbara Hepworths museum gave me so much inspiration !!!

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  19. what a lovely place to have a workshop no wonder they made such awesome works of art!

    xx

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  20. Beautiful photos of the ladies' work. It was great to see in person too. So lovely to have the chance to catch up a little with you Gina ... it still wasn't long enough. Hope you didn't get into too much trouble (or rather didn't giggle too much when you got back for dinner). Let me know when you are down again

    Love, Carolyn xx

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  21. Sounds like a great workshop I love those stitched scenes and obviously the ladies do as well, the work looks lovely.
    You certainly had a wonderful view.

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  22. Fabulous workshop in a fabulous location, lucky ladies to be there. The collages are very creative - amazing how stimulated one can be working in a group. I am sure they will have you back again. Cheers

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  23. I think you must be an excellent teacher Gina, they seem to have achieved so much.

    I am off to St Ives at the end of this week, cannot wait.

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  24. Glad thr trip was a success - St. Ives looks lovely and well done to the creative ladies!!

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