The wonderful Ann Christy brought our 2013 workshop programme to a close with her exquisite ‘Little Works of Art’. Our Volunteer Yvonne who attended the workshop reports,
Ann brought some beautiful examples of her work and she then gave an explanation on what inspired her and had many examples of pictures by some modern artists such as Kandinski and Mondrian for ideas for the use of some elements in designs.
Then all members were given work sheets with simple designs and were encouraged to use elements from these for their own designs.
Whilst they were working on their designs Ann cleared her work off the table and proceeded to fill the area with materials and trimmings. Everyone was encouraged to pick what they needed to complete a work.
The rest of the afternoon [other than for a short comfort break] was spent in working on their projects. Throughout the afternoon Ann was there for help and guidance, and everyone worked hard on their projects [ the hard work was noticeable by the silence that reigned ].
By the end of the afternoon everyone had at least one completed project to take home, some even had some pinned together to complete at home later.
Everyone really enjoyed the session and from their comments at the end they were all inspired to go home and do even more! Thank you Ann for such an inspirational workshop.
We are currently planning our new series of workshops for 2014 and will post about them soon. Watch this space!
Here at the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection we are involved in Museums and Schools, a very interesting Arts Council England funded programme, working with teachers to develop museum visits for schools.
We recently piloted our first session with Pilling St. John’s CE Primary School. Aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils (aged 7-11) the session focuses on the Stuarts at Gawthorpe Hall and includes:
• a tour of Gawthorpe Hall with ‘Col. Richard Shuttleworth’, incorporating Civil War history and looking at some of the amazing 17th century portraits in the Hall (on loan from the National Portrait Gallery
• an investigation of lace and textiles in the textile galleries
• a skills session, where pupils learn the basic principles of lace-making
• a craft session, where pupils design and make a lace collar and cuffs from paper
As a ‘finale’ the pupils promenaded in the wonderful Long Gallery wearing the collars and cuffs they made.
Thank you very much to teacher Sally Astbury for all her work developing this session, and to the Pilling St John Years 5 and 6 for their enthusiastic participation!
At the end of September, Maggie Smith came to Gawthorpe to deliver her ‘It’s all in the detail’ embellishment workshop., which proved to be very popular!
Thank you to our collection volunteer Rebecca Woodworth for this review of the workshop:
“Working with Maggie was amazing. She is such an interesting person who is very willing to share her experiences and skills. Maggie showed us how to create small textile pieces using fabric manipulation inspired by historical costumes. It was fascinating to see how the manipulation of the fabric would benefit people interested not just in textile art but also in fashion. The techniques could easily by applied to garments to create decorative and unique fashionable garments. The session was enjoyed by all, everybody coming with different experiences and ways of adding their own stamp to their work.”
Around 400 visitors came along to Gawthorpe Hall for our Heritage Open Day last Saturday. In the Library, artist Gwyneth Depport showed a wonderful selection of her sketchbooks and finished pieces, inspired by Blackwork embroidery in our Collection, and visitors of all ages enjoyed talking to Gwyneth about her work!
Gwyneth Depport was awarded the Textile Society’s BA Student Award in 2011 for work that was inspired by Blackwork embroidery she had researched in the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.
For Heritage Open Day we have invited Gwyneth to come along and show her award-winning work, together with some of our Blackwork that inspired her.
So we hope you will come along on Saturday 14th September, between 12-5pm, and enjoy free entry to Gawthorpe Hall.
You can meet Gwyneth in the Library, visit our newly re-displayed textile galleries, see our Inspired exhibition showcasing new work inspired by lace in the collection made by local textile enthusiasts, and look around the Hall too.