Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Exciting News!

SANDRA MEECH has accepted our invitation to open this years Annual Showcase Exhibition 2013.

A Busy Day was Had!

REPEAT SEDUCTION!!!!

A busy day was had in the studio generating a lot of potential design work - all on the principle of repeat. Here are some of the students artwork.


All the design work was worked in progression over 40 sheets of paper! make your mark, do one mark over all  sheets, move onto the next mark, again work this single mark over all sheets, then keep doing one process in succession. gradually build in some detailling and alter this with each sheet you work.  A great way to build up a series.!!!!!





WSTA - ANNUAL STUDENTS EXHIBITION 2013

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!!!!!!


We are starting our Summer Term here at WSTA, and our students are busy working on their projects for their Annual Summer Showcase Exhibition for 2013.

Time whizzes by and July will be here before we know it so please make a note of the dates for your diary.

The Exhibition is being held at South Hill Park Arts Centre, from Tuesday July 2nd - Saturday July 6th 2013.  Do come and visit us and be inspired by the work of our students.

We will be taking enrolments for City & Guilds Certificate & Diploma as well as our Advanced Workshops, our Mentoring classes.

You can also check out our new Programme of short courses and workshops for October 2013 to June 2014.  Come along and Book one of these in advance to make sure you have a place on these popular sessions.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

NEW WORKSHOPS FOR 2013


CREATIVE TEXTILES – STUDIO BASED - AMARJEET NANDHRA & DAWN THORNE
7th & 14th March, 2nd & 9th May 2013

This course is an opportunity to learn a variety of inspiring textiles techniques including appliqué, soluble fabrics, transfer& fabric paints, printing and hand and machine stitch. You will experiment with colour, mark making, texture and pattern. The aim will be to create a range of exciting samples that may be developed further for decoration on garments, accessories and home furnishings.
Beginner and intermediate level

 7th March 2013 - SESSION ONE; - transfer paints and machine embroidery
14th March, 2013 -SESSION TWO:  - block printing and fabric painting
2nd May 2013     - SESSION THREE: -  appliqué ,machine & hand stitch
9th May 2013     -  SESSION FOUR:  -  soluble and machine embroidery

 
Course Fee £190

 
DEVELOPING SKETCHBOOKS – STUDIO BASED - AMARJEET NANDHRA & DAWN THORNE

7th & 14th February, 21st March, 18th & 25th April 2013

This course introduces the student to the relevance of working within a sketchbook to expand, explore and develop ideas.. You will be given information and guidance on the use of a variety of different media, using photographs, images, how to work observed and expressive drawings, include collage and mixed media within sketchbooks. The student is taken through a series of processes and basic design concepts which explore methods of various approaches to recording within a sketchbook and how to develop personal creativity through sketchbook work. On successful completion of this recreational course students will have developed creative skills in recording and developing work in a personally managed sketchbook.

 7th February 2013  -  SESSION 1 – Line, tone, scale & proportion
14th February, 2013   SESSION 2 – Colour & Composition & Texture 
21st March, 2013     - SESSION 3 – Colour, shape & pattern
18th April, 2013         - SESSION 4  - Visual & Surface texture and relief.
25th April, 2013         - SESSION  5– Contrasting textures

 
Course Fee £245
 

 
FABRIC LAMINATION – 29th November 2012 - DAWN THORNE

Using screen printing and gel methods to explore ways of laminating fabrics to include image transfer methods with the addition of block printing to create a series of fabric samples that can be used further to inspire future work.

Course Fee £55

 

COPTIC AND POCKET BOOKS – 6TH December 2012 - DAWN THORNE

A one day workshop which looks at traditional bookbinding methods using the Coptic stitch as well as other stitching and tying methods which will enable you to create your own unique pocket books and sketchbooks.  Great present idea.

 
Course Fee £55

 
WAXED CLOTHS – 17th January 2013 - AMARJEET NANDHRA

This workshop explores using wax through design approaches to build up and create a range of fabric and paper samples that alter the fabric surface.  The workshop could be used as a platform to inspire future work.

 
Course Fee £55

 
EXPRESSIVE DRAWING – 24th January 2013 - AMARJEET NANDHRA

A fun and liberating workshop that develops drawing approaches in a personal and expressive manner. The name of the game is to free up, push boundaries and tap into your personal creativity.

 
Course Fee £55

 
EXPANDING THE SCALE  -  31st January 2013 - DAWN THORNE

This workshop looks at how to create large scale designs or installations, by expanding and developing, either by simplification, manipulation or changing elements and scale from initial design sources. Both 2D & 3D approaches will be explored. It will take you out of your comfort   zone!

Course Fee £55

 
SOUND WORKSHOP – 28th February 2013 - DEBBIE LYDDON

An inspiring workshop which is informed by sound and the visual interpretations that are recorded by the individual.  You will look at artists and the marks they produce to interpret sound into your own
work.

 Course Fee £55

 
COLLOGRAPH PRINTING – 16th & 23rd May, 2013 - AMARJEET NANDHRA

A two session workshop, which looks extensively at the collograph printing process.  You will create a series of collograph plates, which are then developed into wonderful atmospheric prints, both on paper and fabric which can also incorporate stitch.

 
Course Fee £95

 
SHIBORI FABRICS – 6th June, 2013 - DAWN THORNE

This workshop looks at exploring the potential of manipulating fabrics in rhythmic patterns to generate a series of dyed cloths that can be both dimensional and flat.  The resulting fabrics will provide the perfect solution for those looking for unusual fabrics for craft and quilt art projects.


Course Fee £55

 
DISCHARGE, PRINT & STITCH - £13th June, 2013 - DAWN THORNE

You will explore a number of techniques and processes to develop personal fabrics using the discharge method of colour removal.  You will alter and change existing colour, add detail and highlights, layers and prints and finally embellish with stitch, producing a range of fabric samples.
 
Course Fee £55
 
FLORAL DISPLAY – 20th June, 2013 - DAWN THORNE
Using fabrics and paper, machine and hand stitch, and bonding methods to produce a larger than life fabric brooch, which could decorate a hat or bag or use as intended.
 
Course Fee £55
 

 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012


Jan Beaney, Dawn Thorne, Jean Littlejohn, Amarjeet Nandhra, in high spirits at the first Annual Student Summer Exhibition at South Hill Park Arts Centre.
   

It has been an incredible year!

We have had the most amazing time this year and the highlight for both tutors and students was the Annual end of year exhibition showcaseing the work of our wonderful and dedicated students, which brings me onto taking this opportunity to thank them all for doing such a great job and producing such super work - Thank you.

Our first exhibition as WSTA was opened by the wonderful two textile artists that have inspired and encouraged us in our venture, Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, to whom we are indebted and who continue to excite, inspire all who are fortunate enough to find themselves being taught by them - to Jan & Jean, you are both truly inspirational!
We then had a week of traders, tasters and an array of visitors from all over.  The South Hill Park Art Centre staff bent over backwards to make sure our event was a success and we thank them for all the support they have given us this year. The centre provided a fabulous setting in landscaped grounds and park area, the building and grounds is somewhere to visit if you want to take a light lunch, stroll in the Italian gardens and catch an exhibition or two, or even enjoy an evening at the theatre.  Our students exhibition was housed in the most wonderful white space gallery which  provide the perfect setting for all the students work and traders and workshops could delight in the elegant proportions of the georgian reception rooms.  All in all we can definitely say the exhibition and event was a great success!

 
 Bitesize taster session in progress during our exhibition. Image transfer and transparency layers, print & stitch.
 
We decided to try something new this time and offerred a programme of mini taster sessions which proved so popular, more than we had anticipated so we have to extend apologies for those who couldnt get a place, it got quite frantic at one point! We met so many lovely ladies and thank them for making the tasters such good fun to teach.

Go to our Gallery Page -  Gallery - Student Exhibition to see the work of our students.

And check out our new PROGRAMME OF WORKSHOPS FOR AUTUMN & WINTER 2012/2013.





Wednesday, 22 February 2012

A DESIGN, COLLAGE & stitch workshop with SANDRA MEECH!

Hi everyone, just thought I would share some images with you of our recent Design, Collage & Stitch workshop which was run by Sandra Meech.
An inspiring three day workshop with a generous and inspirational tutor!







Everyone had a wonderful time painting papers, mark-making and designing personal pages with collage and colour.  These little treasured sketchbooks were created by working individual signatures, which were then combined to produce a fabulous dictionary of reference pages which can be continued to be worked upon to inspire future work.  woven stitching of the signatures resulted in scrummy detail along the spines.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

NEW FOR 2012

New for 2012
Master Class in Textiles
These monthly sessions are suitable for those who work with in the textiles / mixed media fields, at an advanced level (at least level 5 qualification).  It is an opportunity to gain continual professional development, to challenge and stimulate new ways of thinking within their own personal practice. . During the sessions, you will be encouraged to bring and discuss ongoing work or to explore new lines of research.  Please note this is not a technique led course, but will provide support, advice and possible suggestions of routes to investigate, through one-to-one mentoring and peer feedback.

Textile Print Processes

Textile Print Processes
dynamic exampes of tutors work to inspire.