Changing the Surface - adding and subtracting
Tutor: Janet EdmondsCourse Code: 0821-01


Many textile artists are drawn to materials and surfaces weathered by sun, wind and rain, and that are transformed over time into an aesthetic beauty of decay. Close observation of the patination on old, disintegrating surfaces will be the inspiration for this workshop. The act of selecting textures that are changed by the ravages of weather and time such as crumbling stonework, peeling paint, dry plaster and decaying wood, of looking, considering and recording their details, will result in intensely worked surfaces on paper and fabric


A variety of processes and techniques will be employed to record the peculiarities of each subtle change and variation of surface. Painted and printed papers will be subjected to scraping, sanding, scratching and tearing to achieve that sense of elapsed time. Surface marks will be bitten and eroded away. These surfaces will be further changed by cutting, folding, rolling and manipulation to give dimension and form, providing ideas to inspire and develop future work. The addition of fabric and stitching by hand will add detail and definition to these worn surfaces.


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Janet Edmonds

Janet Edmonds is a freelance medal winning textile artist, author of several books and experienced tutor, exhibiting and delivering courses to adults nationally and internationally. Her practice involves experimenting with surface and structure using hand and machine stitching. She is a member of the Embroiderers Guild and the Textile Study Group.

23rd to 24th Feb 2021
Tuesday to Wednesday

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9.45amStudents arrive
10am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all - residents may check in
2-5.30pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

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"Refreshing and stimulating - a year's work to do at home!" (June 2019)

"Janet is an experienced tutor who always provides excellent examples of her work, which I personally find very inspirational." (November 2019)

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