Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New 2018!

Hi Everyone!

Well that's it for 2017! It has been such a busy year and I haven't announced any new classes in the studio for quite a while. This past year I have been flat out with artist-in-residency works at several schools.
They are a joy to do but can take months to achieve. The opportunity to work on a large scale is rare so I must confess I do jump at every opportunity!
This one here was designed by prep and grade 1, and of course has a gingerbread man walking a dog.

To start 2018 with a bang I will be offering some new classes as well as a few of the golden oldies.
I will be teaching a Watercolour painting class for something completely different, as well as a brand new class: "Working in a Series".

Over the last year I have also taken up working with clay - this has given me many hours of joy and I really have surprised myself at how much fun it is! I had dreamed for many years about doing it and suddenly decided - THAT'S IT, no more thinking about "one day"!  Here are a few photos of my efforts so far.

If you would like to make a booking for a class just drop me an email elizaclaire@optusnet.com.au
Hoping to see you in the studio in the New Year!

Until then
Every best wish
Elizabeth xx

Watercolour - NEW!

Have you often admired artwork created by the charming effects of watercolour painting? The challenges in manipulating the flow of glorious shades and hues is definitely worth the effort.
In this 5 week course you will be introduced to a variety of different papers, brushes, paints and inks. Through a range of different techniques, you will be able to create your own images with confidence. Perfect for the beginner or more experienced painter who would like to refresh their skills or explore some new ones!
In week 5 we will mount all exercises and studies and stitch them into your own sample book  - the perfect resource!

Dates: FEBRUARY 2, 9, 16, 23 and MARCH 2
            APRIL 4, 11, 18, 25 and MAY 2
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: $360.00 - includes palette, set of watercolour brushes, paper and use of some paints

Please bring notebook, pen and apron 

Working in a Series - NEW!

In this 4 week class we will look at how to develop an idea into a series of small felted textiles.
Topics include choosing a subject, sketching plans, deciding on cohesive elements that will create a story, adding detail with stitch and appliqué using hand and machine techniques.
You can focus on your favourite theme or try something entirely new!
This is a great class for incorporating found treasures and many items you are saving for a rainy day such as buttons, lace, beads, tiny pieces of fabric...


Dates: MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: $250.00
Please bring a couple of old towels, plastic bag, sketchbook, pencil and apron 

 

Felt Folio

Are you at the very beginning of your Felt making adventure?
Then perhaps this is the class for you!
Each week you will discover a new method of felting and create four or five samples of each: lacefelt, nunofelt, prefelts and more!
During week 5 you will receive a folder and we will mount all of your gorgeous samples, thus creating a superb resource for future experiments and projects.
Perfect for the complete beginner.


Dates: MARCH 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
PRICE: $370.00 - includes all materials
Please bring a couple of old towels, plastic bag, notebook, pen and apron 

 

Once A Month Class

For many years now I have offered groups the opportunity to come to my studio and felt once a month. We discuss what aspects of felt making they would like to pursue; at other times we explore textile techniques to incorporate which might include hand or machine embroidery, silk paper and hand painting fabrics.
If you would like to form your own once a month group I require a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5. Or if you'd like to put your name down to join a group, just let me know!
Feel free to email for more details.

Nuno Felting

The “Nuno” method of felt making focuses on the application of sheer fabrics combined with wool. Amongst the most elegant of all felts, it is perfect for garments with its characteristic drape.
This
2 week class will produce six to eight different samples. A great way to discover the many methods of achieving this gorgeous technique!

Dates:
January 20 & 27
           February 21 & 28
           April 7 & 14
Time: 10.00am -1.00pm
Price: $150.00 - all materials included


Please bring a couple of old towels, plastic bag, notebook, pen and apron 
 

Beginner's Collage Felt

The very beginning! The start, the excitement of a new road to travel down (or up!)
This 3 hour class will show you how to contain the glory of merino wool with fibres and fabrics. You will create a large panel suitable for a wall hanging, cushion covers, or anything you choose.


Dates: January 19
           February 14
           March 9
           April 10
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: $60 + materials approx. $30


Please bring a couple of old towels, plastic bag, notebook, pen and apron 
 

Vessels

The 3D quality of the vessel or vase is astounding when you consider it has been created with fleece! This 3 hour workshop will show you how to create your own vessel or bag.
Seamless felt is an intermediate method of felting, so experience with basic beginner felting would be recommended.


Dates: February 17
            March 14
            April 6
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: $60 + materials  approx. $30

 

Please bring a couple of old towels, plastic bag, notebook, pen and apron  

BOOKINGS
All classes require a deposit of $25.00
If I need to cancel a class a full refund will be issued.

If you need to cancel your place in a class or workshop a refund will be issued up until 48 hrs prior to the first date.

Payment can be made by Paypal or through Direct Deposit.
Just drop me an email or text me at
0468 710 923
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Patchwork Felt Class - student work


 Hi everyone!
Well we have well and truly started the new year and classes are about to begin again in the studio which is very exciting. Today as I was in the studio, I was dwelling on my students. I think the happiest times in my life are when they come to the studio to create, feeling free to try something new and make a super happy mess!

Some I see only once, some I see half a dozen times and then there are those that have been with me for years and have become such lovely friends. With that in mind I decided to go through some photos and show you some of their efforts.

These photos are from the Patchwork Class. Some samples are from Australia and some from New Zealand.
Aren't they just gorgeous?

I hope your week is going well
Lots of Love
Elizabeth xxx


 A panel really benefits from a slightly larger focal point.
 

 Many shades of the one colour have great cohesion - as long as you throw in a zinger!



 These crisp little blue squares are perfect against the blended colour



 This piece reminds me that colour is so close to our hearts. The way it makes you feel, the visual comfort and often the memories it evokes.







 Although this piece is in progress I just adore the colour selection. It wouldn't matter if I had the same shades it would look completely different!



 Colours that we find in nature are always wonderful to celebrate in art. These Autumn tones resonate with us all I am sure.



The beauty of these pieces is how you can enjoy them from any direction



 Now and then you can see a little creature crawl into your work!



 These colours are very enticing - the whole piece is very reminiscent of a landscape



The next dates for the Patchwork class are over on the Workshops Page.

I will also be teaching this in May in NSW would love to see you there!
Just contact Caroline Sharkey here for all the exciting details!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Jan February March and April Classes!


Dear Friends
How lovely - the start of a brand New Year!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful festive and peaceful period with family and friends.

I really must apologize for the delay in getting these new dates out. In December, our beloved cat Nellie passed away suddenly and we were in shock for quite a few weeks. We are all trying to just get a move on and I guess I have struggled with that over the festive period. At any rate it is going to take a bit of getting used to.
It is no excuse really but in case you were wondering....

I really hope to see you in class soon and don't forget, if you can't find a date that suits you and you have a couple of friends who would like to attend as well just get in touch. We can always find a day somewhere that will suit.
Love
Elizabeth
xx


Basket of Flowers
2 weeks
10th and 17th March
19th and 26th April
I adore making flowers and finding new ways to use them. In this great beginner class we create flat and sculptural felt as well as cords, balls and wired curls! SO lots of great things to try out. Once all the elements are gathered we will applique them to a fabric base to create a really beautiful wall hanging.



 




Beautiful Bowls and Vessels!
2 week class
3rd and 10th February
21st and 28th April
To make seamless, three dimensional felt is just so exciting! Although this is more of an intermediate technique, beginners are certainly welcome. Mastering this technique is just wonderful because it is the key to bags and hats and so much more!





Beginners Collage Felt
1 week
25th January
22rd February
3rd Mach
Waiting to begin? Then this is definitely for you! Beginners Collage Felt is great fun and you will be amazed at how gorgeous your felt will turn out. You will discover how to add fabrics, yarns, fibres and prefelt shapes.






Nuno Techniques
2 weeks
17th and 24th February
24th and 31st March
22nd and 29th April
One of my most popular classes is nuno or fabric felt. Using silk and cotton and linen you can achieve some really stunning results. These 2 weeks involve 6-8 different samples. A great way to discover the many methods of achieving this gorgeous technique.
















Design to Felt
3 weeks
15th 22nd and 29th March
Have you ever wanted to start from scratch designing your own beautiful felts and textile pieces?  Then this may just be for you! You will create a set of your own designs using watercolours and inks on luscious watercolour paper from which one may be chosen to turn into your own felt masterpiece!
Perfect for the beginner or more experienced felter.
 
 




Patchwork Felt
3 weeks
25th March 1st and 8th April
Patchwork felt is a study in colour and prefelts. A great range of prefelts are made which are then turned into a magnificent  patchwork of colours! Hand embroidery is also included with a study of stitches that can be used to enhance the design.



 
Trees
3 Weeks
4th 11th and 18th March
Trees are a big part of our lives. In all shapes and sizes and colours they have the ability to enhance each day. For quite some years I have had loads of fun creating felts I could turn into trees! In this class there will be several textile methods covered to make these stunning textile trees!









 



Felt Folio
5 week class
21st and 28th January 4th 11th 25th February
Felt Folio is my longest running class! A great introduction to many felting techniques including prefelts, lace, nuno, collage and more! In week 5 I give everyone a folder and we mount the gorgeous samples, thus providing a wonderful resource for future study.




All classes run from 10.00 until 1.00 pm

I am located in Springvale in Melbourne, Australia

I only take 4-6 students per class

PRICE: 1 Day Class  $60.00 + materials
             2 Day Class $120.00 + Materials
             3 Day Class $180.00 + Materials
             Felt Folio $370.00 (5 weeks) includes all materials

Materials depend on the size of the project - a requirements list is sent upon enrolment but there is plenty of wool here if you need to purchase some.

PAYMENT: Payment can be made by direct deposit or through PayPal
              
All rolling mats, soap, nets are provided in class there is no need to bring your own!
For all classes please bring:
a couple of old towels,
a plastic bag to take home damp felt
camera
notebook and pen
pair of scissors

Group bookings are welcome and I am happy to travel interstate

Payments can be made through direct deposit or through PayPal

To make a booking please email me here