2019 spring workshops

Small group workshops or private lessons. Book by clicking on the photos, or email me for more information.

13 & 20 April Knitting for Beginners  – if you’re new to knitting or just starting to find your way.

27 April & 11 May Meditating the Spindle – learning to make your own bespoke yarn

18 May Eco Kitchen – learn to make beeswax wraps, handmade dishcloths and tips for making your kitchen more eco-friendly and less plastic-y!

Meditating the Spindle Masterclass for Artists – a one-on-one immersive workshop for artists. Tailored for your practice and curiosity, there’s a lot of experimenting and fun! Email me to discuss your needs and to make a date.

 

Meditating the Spindle Masterclass for Artists

I had the pleasure of working with ceramic artist Kirsten Stingle in a Meditating the Spindle Masterclass. Kirsten was here in Rome for a month-long residency at CRETA, an international centre that promotes ceramics and visual arts. Kirsten uses mixed media in her practice and was keen to explore using fibre.

As well as mastering the art of using a spindle with wool and silk, we experimented with incorporating feathers, silk loom waste, and cotton thread. For artists spinning your own materials can be freeing and lead to all kinds of happy discoveries. There are so many ways you can combine colours and textures to create something unique to use in your work.

In a Meditating the Spindle you get to work one-on-one with me for six hours over two days. You will start to get an idea of what is possible and how you can adapt different materials for use in your artistic practice.

You can also add extra short modules in experimental mixed media including

  • silk papermaking

  • embroidery

  • using found objects

  • spinning paper

The Masterclass can be adapted to your needs and current artistic curiosities – email me to start the conversation!

 

 

 

Featured artist – Lisa Sewards

This year we will be doing monthly profiles on all our artists. Our featured artist for March is Australian printmaker Lisa Sewards.

Lisa uses traditional printmaking techniques including etching, drypoint, aquatint, and engraving. She also explores the potential of solar plate etching. We have a number of Lisa’s etchings in our catalogue. You can see them online or make an appointment to see them in our Rome gallery.

Lisa Sewards Little Parachute Pigeon

Lisa’s work combines delicacy of touch with strong imagery and a limited palette. Her iconography reflects a preoccupation with memory, identity and loss stemming from her family’s experiences in World War 2. Parachutes, carrier pigeons and water are all recurring motifs, loaded with emotional significance.

Lisa Sewards Love is in the air

Lisa has been represented in major exhibitions around Australia, including solo exhibitions at the Port Jackson Press and fortyfivedownstairs galleries in Melbourne.  In 2018 she was a finalist in the Collins Place Gallery Summer Salon Art Prize and the 45th Muswellbrook Art Prize
Works on Paper Section

Lisa Sewards Chaos-3