Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The Folkstone Riviera!

What glorious weekend it was in Folkstone. Warm and sunny, I could have almost imagined it was the Italian Riviera... well, I can dream can't I?  Despite being there to work for three days I managed early morning and evening strolls along the cliff top each day, with these fabulous views. On Friday we even had a clear view of the French coast.



But for the rest of Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was in the classroom with sixteen lovely members of the East Kent Embroiderers' Guild.


Lots of fun cutting, sticking and designing followed by free machining and a liberal sprinkling of laughter... they all worked really hard.


By the end of the weekend each of them had finished a beautiful textured landscape. Each one was totally unique and absolutely stunning.


I could show you each individual piece of work but that's a lot of photos...


But I think these collages give a good idea of how fabulous their landscapes were.


This is the most satisfying part of teaching to see each individual produce something beautiful and unique... Such talent!


They took a picture of me at work... Although it doesn't really seem like work most of the time!


Especially when they were all so talented and self reliant... I even had time to finish my own little landscape as I demonstrated each stage of the process..


Thank you ladies... It really was a lovely weekend.

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like a perfect weekend, beautiful work and wonderful talent!
    V x

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  2. What beautiful work! I love all the colours and textures.

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  3. Beautiful pieces of work - lovely blends of colour and texture. Glad you all had such a good time together.

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  4. So beautiful and some glorious walks as well. Perfect. :-)

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  5. There are some beautiful pieces of work here Gina, testament to their talent and your inspired tutoring. That photo makes Folkestone definitely look like it's on the Amalfi coast. I think I read that some parts of the UK were hotter than Barcelona at the weekend so you are not far wrong calling it the Riviera!

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  6. It's that foreground layer of Queen Anne's lace? that makes it all come together and sing.

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  7. Gina, not for the first time I have been delighted to see your photographs of those wide open sea views that are unlike anything I have near me. It must have been grand to have opportunities to refresh your eyes and soul and spirit with those walks in such a magnificent location. Seems to have been great weather, too.

    Now, having a look at your assembled students and the photos of their embroidery tell me that you are a marvelous teacher, and have been also blessed with talented students. Somehow the process of creating imagery from machine embroidery reminds me of my printmaking experiences. Layering in various "states" and making artist's proof prints to see how the image was developing. Then having the option of changing things up quite a few times before settling on a final state.

    Your own embroidery is magnificent with its depth of perspective, colors and details.

    What a textile artist you are, dear Gina. xo

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  8. I am glad you managed some nice walks, and also that you had time to finish your own piece of art. The collages are stunning, I'd happily hang them on my wall. xx

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  9. Love those pictures of landscapes and seascapes. Clearly, a highly satisfying weekend all round.

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  10. Stunning views but the best bit for me was that lovely work - so many beautiful little works of art and quite obviously a great teacher! x Jo

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  11. You're too cute. Looks like a fun and productive weekend!

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  12. They were obviously as you say, a talented bunch, but their teacher is pretty good too! I can't get over that Easter cake (say it on IG). Brilliant! When I'm not busy, the novelty wears off pretty soon! xCathy

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  13. What wonderful work they all produced! A very talented group, led by an equally talented person in you of course!!!! xx

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  14. What beautiful work. All that talent in one room, just needing a marvellous teacher to nurture it along, oh yes, that would be you! Fabulous X

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  15. What a creative person YOU are. I really enjoy your blog. I will be back.

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