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What a fantastic range of sculptures were made during this year's sculpture week in Crieff - in fact, too many to be featured on this website, more's the pity. However, to see some of the new sculptures created, have a look at the Mosaic Sculpture Crieff course page. If you would like to try this yourself, bookings are already being taken for this very popular course, so do contact Katy early.
Mosaic Garden Tables
This course is a development from the ever-popular weekend 'Introduction to Outdoor Mosaics' workshop. During the three days, you will learn the reverse method of mosaicing, used to create a mosaiced table top that has an even surface that is beautiful and durable. If there is time, you may also make one or two little decorative plaques for a garden wall using the direct method of mosaic.
You will leave with a beautifully smooth, frost-proof mosaiced garden table top (heavy), so it is an advantage if you can travel by car or arrange for your work to be uplifted.
See mosaic garden tables for more details.
Textiles for Sale
This winter sees the launch of my new textile sales gallery. Each piece of work is unique and is sold complete with frame and the price includes post and packaging. This is a new venture for me so please have a look.
Creativity and Slowing Down
on the Summer Isles
This will be the fourth summer that I work alongside writer Christian McEwen, helping to provide a creative retreat on Tanera Mor, one of the Summer Isles. The recent publication of Christian's book World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down gives us a theme and focus for the week, with the intention of giving inspiration to those who join us to make a little 'Tanera Time' in their daily lives. If you feel that the pace of your life is just too fast, perhaps you would like to take off your watch and join us in June for a week away from it all.
Visit the World Enough and Time course page
Artist and Teacher
Open Studio 2013
Jan's Studio in Elphin is open to visitors between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on the following days:
29th March until 10th April
1st July until 1st September
8th November until 14th November
To co-incide with my recent interest in translating the landscape around my home into embroidered textiles, I have developed a new course, which will take you through all the stages - from choosing a composition, through dyeing, print-making and collage and on to embroidery - all of which give you a rich collection of skills with which to produce you own textile interpretation of this theme.
Click here for more details.
The Art of Paper Recycling
It has been a few years since I've taught paper-making so I feel it is due to make a reappearance in the course calendar. This weekend is full of fun and surprise results, as you work your way through a pile of seemingly useless waste paper and card to make a series of gorgeous and delicate hand-cast papers and wee hand-made books.
See Recycled Paper and Book-making for more details.
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Compose colour, build texture, draw, write and move from two dimensions into three - all with the power of stitch! This course was a great success last autumn, so I am looking forward to repeating it this October.
Visit the Experimental Embroidery course page for more details and to see some of the work of last year's group.
New Course for 2014
Nowadays we all recycle for the sake of our environment, but have you ever considered that, in the process of recycling textiles, you can make beautiful, useful and unique artefacts? Have a look at the From Rags to Riches course to find out more!
The Art of Looking
This two-day workshop will encourge you to slow down and take a closer look! The art, book-making and creative writing activities will give you a record of the experience.
Visit The Art of Looking for more details.
Textile Dyeing and Printing
This five-day course leads you through a number of processes, such as batik, mono-printing and screen-printing, through which you will develop panels of white or unbleached cloth into intricately coloured and patterned textiles.
All methods used are low-tech, making them easy to continue at home and you leave with a huge bundle of unique cloths designed by your own good self!
Have a look at Textile Dyeing and Printing