March workshops at The Ropewalk

By janetuplin |

Ropewalk studio artist, Wendy Chan, will be leading one of her popular workshops, Hand Felted Jewellery Workshop, later this month at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber.

Textile artist Wendy has a self-confessed passion for processes and techniques and on Saturday, March 24, she will be exploring the techniques for various components of jewellery felt making such as flats, beads, sushi beads and cords.

“Once you know the technique you can create a variety of wearable floral corsage and bracelets. “But I am sure there will be many more ideas on the day,” said Wendy. “My practice is about making an idea, a thought, a word, an image come together with the making process and then stitching these ideas into stories and projects, transforming it into a reality.”

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art, Wendy has been a freelance artist and workshop leader for both adults and children and has shared her expertise at many Ropewalk workshops.

Inspired by natural forms and colours and the use of natural fibres, Wendy describes felt making as “an ancient textile skill that uses natural, renewable resources for limitless creation.”

The following Saturday, March 31,  the textile theme continues with another Ropewalk studio artist, Elaine Burke, sharing her love of textile-based craft pieces with a workshop which is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience of paper and textile crafts.

The fragile, beautiful cherry blossom – sakura – is richly symbolic in Japan and in this workshop students will create beautiful cherry-blossom inspired crafts from both paper and textiles.

The workshop starts with a brief slideshow showing the cherry blossom symbol in contemporary and traditional design in Japan which will help inspire the creations for the day using origami techniques to make paper cherry blossoms with several options to develop these into decorative pieces for the home, card-making and so on as well as creating a pretty cherry blossom brooch in textiles.

Both workshops run from 10.30am until 4.30pm and cost £34 or £30 forRopewalk members.  For Wendy’s workshop there will be an additional charge of between £5 and £10 for materials and for Elaine’s there will be an additional charge of £10.

More details can be found on these, and other workshops, on www.the-ropewalk.co.uk/workshops and bookings can be made by either calling 01652 660380 or calling in at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery.

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