Artists painting in the Renaissance period, 16th/17th centuries, were very skilled in depicting figures draped in all types of cloth. They painted velvet, satin, diaphanous transparent fabrics, and working cloths made of rough cotton fabric. What kind of marks are needed to depict this range of fabrics? Be inspired to explore these wonderful drapes that can provide ideas for design and stitch.
Cloth has a long and illustrious history and has been with us since the beginning of time. We will explore the characteristics of cloth and drapery by examining how tone and texture can change the nature of it. We will use a range of media, paint, pastels and graphite to record the tonal and texture qualities through mark making. These experiments will be translated into stitched samples to create ideas to take away for further textile work.
Please bring with you
Design source such as photos of fabric, magazine pictures or books showing painted cloth
Colouring medium such as acrylics or gouache, chalky pastels, Caran d’ache neocolour crayons
Dip in pen
Selection of brushes
Roll of kitchen paper
Apron and gloves
Selection of hand stitch threads,fine to thick
Fine piece of cotton or muslin as backing
Embroidery frame if wished
Small selection of fine transparent fabrics such as chiffon, silk mousseline or fine Habitai silk
Usual sewing kit
This course is suitable for those with some experience. If you are not sure if that is you, please ask!
Missenden Abbey Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD
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.