Sunday, 18 September 2016

A Weekend Away!

I've spent the weekend in the depths of Suffolk teaching at an Embroiderers' Guild (late) summer school... Not that it felt much like summer driving up in torrential rain on Friday afternoon. Despite the appalling conditions I arrived at Belsey Bridge unscathed, where I was teaching a course on machine embroidered landscapes.


I had thirteen lovely students... They got on well, shared their materials, laughed and chatted and generally supported each other.


They started with a source of inspiration such as a magazine photo or in some cases a picture they had taken themselves. This was then interpreted with strips of torn coloured paper before turning them into amazing mahine embroidered landscapes. The one above was inspired by a Tanzanian landscape...


 And this one was based on a David Hockney painting.. but see for yourself... thirteen stunning embroideries that don't need me to say anything.














And while they all worked hard on their landscapes I put together one of my own...


It certainly made a change from baking cake!

12 comments:

  1. How inspirational Gina, they are all so beautiful. I would love to join one of your classes! Must have been great to have a weekend away with such dynamic people. B x

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  2. Your inspirational teaching shines out from these embroideries, Gina. The ladies all did wonderfully. I'm glad you kept safe in the awful driving conditions.

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  3. Wow...amazing work, all of it! Must be extremely satisfying when your students turn out wonderful work like this!

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  4. Wonderful creations, all of them. Bringing a photo or a picture from a magazine must be a good starting point for the free machine embroidery and a satisfying weekend for everyone. Glad that you got there safely when the heavy rain made driving so difficult.

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  5. What a find selection of landscapes - all with it's own character. Hope your journey home was less exacting.

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  6. Looks like a wonderful class! I'm partial to your landscape though -- probably due to the snow-capped mountains!

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  7. How interesting it is, Gina, to see these differing ways that embroidery can create landscapes. Some make use of a horizon ... and others do not. All the colors are strong and beautiful. I was reminded of the pastel landscapes and monoprints of Degas. Perhaps you know them?

    Your own creation is a joy...a beautiful view to explore. xo

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  8. How fantastic these are Gina. I love each different colourway and treatment of the landscape. Well done them and you too as 13 is a large class to work with with!

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  9. They are all absolutely beautiful and I love the way each one is different and unique. Lovely strong colours too.

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  10. These all look wonderful Gina! What a fun adventure for everyone to work on. You must be a fantastic teacher to inspire such beautiful work.

    Wendy

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  11. Lovely work! Each one is a little masterpiece. The colours are so vibrant. X

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