Went to Malvern college for a masterclass with Angie Hughes and Caroline Parks who is the head of textiles there.Caroline talked about the textile artists who were at the forefront when she started on her career, Diana Springall was the first one mentioned with her book "Embroidery" ,well you couldn`t call it just that today could you,it is a great book but very dated now.We went through a list of textile artists, book themes for textiles ending p with Clyde Oliver, it was quite thought provoking.Angie spoke about her career path,Caroline was her first tutor on the C&G embroidery course, Angie`s fellow students were more conventional embroiders I would love to have heard what they thought about her modern approach. She showed us how to design using a large sheet of drawing paper painting on emulsion paint in random marks, then a water wash, Quink ink is then stamped or painted on,bleach is then stamped over it and also used in a dip pen for fine lines.To get the best effect the mantra is : sequenced, squeezed, space. Additional effects can always be added later when the paper has been ripped. The paper has to be divided without looking so rip it down the length of the piece and then take a deep breath and have a look it is very satisfying how well it turns out. Riping the sheet, and drying the ink.
Angie`s are the framed ones, the 3 others are before they were ripped up,mine is the darker blue one with the clock pattern,I now realise I should have left more spaces or less "busy " places.
Some of the students pieces, the 2 framed ones below on the left are Angie`s work, it was amazing how different our work turned out.