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Class No 914 – fee $420 (+materials $50)


TUTOR: Susan Matthews



This class aims to combine the mark making possible with printmaking with numerous ways in which stitch (both hand and machine) can be combined with prints primarily on fabric but also on paper if desired. Stitch may be used on the prints but may also be inspiration for the design of your printing blocks and also to create printing blocks.


Using your personal reference material we will explore linocut and collagraph printing in Day 1 and Day 2 to create a range of prints to stitch on in the following days.

The incorporation of stitch into your prints, either by hand or machine or preferably both in a manner which is sensitive to the subtle marks of the printed image will be explored, discussed and demonstrated.

Susan’s drawings are the genesis for all her textile work and in her classes she likes to underline the key role drawing can play in creating original work.

She has been practising a wide variety of different textile and related techniques for four and a half decades now giving her a good technical base to work from. Her surroundings and the natural environment inspire her work. She is fascinated by Australian native flora especially banksias.

Generally beginning with white cloth, she layers techniques such as dyeing, fabric painting, printing techniques and stitching in her work, in a sense reflecting the narrative around her subject.

Printmaking, especially linocut, collagraph and silk screen printing techniques, is a passion and she explores ways to successfully integrate printed images with her own individual ways of creating stitched textiles. In recent times she has been focusing on printing on paper as well.

Generous amounts of free motion machine quilting throw the printed design into relief and enhance the surface. Drawing, colour, pattern, surface design and thread use are key elements to her textile art practice.


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