Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Let's see how Level 1's are getting on!

Busy Bees Patchwork
City and Guilds Hand and Machine Embroidery
7161
Tutor - Beccy Paget

Last week I spoke about level 2 and the skills that teach us how to begin thinking of ourselves as textile artists rather than just embroiderers. Learning to design and how to develop our own style can take many years and it all starts with level 1. Many centers do not teach this level but I think it is pivotal to that journey that makes us into an artist.

Level 1 as I have written before, way back last September 2017 teaches all the basics, from mark making in dry and wet mediums to understanding the colour wheel and then how to take those basic elements of design further into stitched samples.

Starting off with mark making using all sorts of items from around the home, tops of boxes, an old toothbrush, old store cards, bottle tops and dipping them into paint and just making marks. I find this process fascinating, apart from the fact that it has no known out come the out come is one of wonder and astonishment that such evocative designs come from nothing other than just messing around with paint. paper and bits of rubbish.
The students always have a great time doing this but are not always convinced with the finished piece, well I get that because it just seems too simple, too easy to be thought of as a serious piece of work. Not all of what we do should be serious, there should be that element of play and joy. Often we become upset by the things that we make, they don't go to plan, we expected more of ourselves, we didn't like how it turned out even after spending hours planning, we find fault in it and pick it to death saying it's not good enough or I wish I'd done that better. I hope that City and Guilds will give the students the confidence to say I made that and I am proud of it!!! Learning that not always does it have to be perfect in every detail, but learning to experiment and take joy in the simple as well as the more sophisticated. I love these samples below, they are joyous and full of "let's go for it" after all how could you go wrong! 


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All the above have been created on lining paper, which has been bonded to a medium iron on interfacing and machine stitching added to embellish further. They will be made into book covers to store their mark making tutorials with wet and dry mediums.
Next week for level 1's will be trying out different embroidery stitches onto printed fabric backgrounds, so I am excited to see how these turn out.

Mean while Level 2's have been embracing a layered background using bondaweb and painted bondaweb to make covers for their books which we will be making next week.
Let loose with a bag of scraps and some Bondaweb and here is what they have come up with!!!

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So different in colour and style yet they all started off with the same remit, never ceases to fascinate me and why I love my job so much.

A shorter blog this week but I think sometimes pictures speak louder than words, so I am going to leave it there and see what next week brings.
Best stitches
Beccy xxx