28. November 2020 - 11:30
Phoenix Art Space, Brighton
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Illustrative Machine Embroidery with Rosie James (Nov 2020) | Saturday, 28. November 2020

Learn how to create illustrated textile artworks/samples with your sewing machine.

About this Event

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Learn how to create illustrated textile artworks/samples with your sewing machine, using images from magazines, sketchbooks or your own photographs as a starting point. You do not have to be able to draw!

This is a 2 day course in which you will learn how to set up your machine and how to stitch on different surfaces, including cloth and paper. We will explore how to make different kinds of marks with the sewing machine. We will be tracing from photographs, and then transferring those drawings onto cloth. We will be playing with scale and colour through the use of appliqué. Over the 2 days you will build up a collection of samples of different techniques as a resource for your future use when stitching at home. You can also put together all you have learned to create a final stitched drawing which could be stretched over a frame to hang on the wall.

You will need to bring your own sewing machine as you need to learn how it works, make sure your sewing machine is in working order before bringing it and check that you have a free machine embroidery sewing foot.

Costs: £95

Times: 11:30 - 17:30

Dates: Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 November

Maximum: 8

 is a Textile Artist living and working in Kent, UK. She has a BA Hons Textiles degree from Surrey Institute of Art and Design and an MA in Textiles from Goldsmith College London. Rosie started off with a small business making dyed and screen printed fabrics, scarves, ties, cushions etc, but once she discovered that she could use the sewing machine to draw with, she found herself doing less print and began creating larger and more one off pieces. Her first stitched drawing was of a group of friends at a beach hut party in Kent. This piece won the Bentliff Museum and Art Gallery prize in 2008 and spurred her on to do more. She decided to turn her focus away from her friends (much to their relief) and thus began an obsession with people watching. People and crowds became her focus and particularly specific groups in particular places, such as art galleries or tourist spots. She gets in amongst them with her camera and then translates these photos into drawings and then stitches them using an old Bernina and black thread.