ALYSN MIDGELOW MARSDEN
TEXTILES: NATURAL LAYERS
Learn techniques for using fine metal shim, metal fabrics, paints, fibres, fabrics and papers Ccombined with machine and hand stitch as honed by Alysn over many years in her international art practice and books. These techniques will be used in conjunction with the inspiring patterns and layers in geological formations as your pattern source. You will experiment with needle felting, hand and machine stitching, scrunching, pleating, painting, burning and more with metal and other materials such as chiffon, silk and Lutradur to create surfaces based on the rocks and geology around us. This gives the opportunity to get to grips with metal, metal mesh and some straightforward design and practical techniques used by contemporary textile artists. From these practice pieces you will create a textured hanging or a sculpture.
Don’t panic if you are not familiar with any of the materials and techniques, Alysn will skilfully lead you through the learning process to a special, individual work of art to take away at the end of the week.
Alysn is an experienced freelance artist in fine art textiles, an author of several books and numerous articles, a tutor and a gallery director. Awards include the Bernina Award for the most Innovative use of the sewing machine, NZ, 2015. In addition, she has professional qualifications in Textiles and Embroidery, Professional Arts Practice, E-commerce. She lived in the Midlands of England for most of her life, and developed the Beetroot Tree Gallery, moving to New Zealand in 2012. Alysn says: “I have an experimental and curious nature leading to continuously evolving works and media; investigating new dimensions as they develop. The history and meaning of the materials I choose is often critically important to the development of the pieces. Currently I am working in copper, bronze, brass, stainless steel and pewter in the form of metal shims and woven metal fabrics and wires, combined with a variety of papers, fabrics, pens, paints, threads and natural objects. I find that it is a continuing pleasure to adapt my ideas into formats which can be taken on by fibre artists, embroiderers or other creatives”.