Earlier this year I was asked to make a project for DHG (Dyeing House Gallery), an Italian supplier for felting, dye and textile art supplies and I opted for a trapunto quilting project. Exploring their exciting catalogue of wool products was very inspiring and I chose the giant yarn with the idea of making HUGE corded trapunto along with beautiful wool gauze (called Etamine) to create a shadow quilting effect. The free tutorial is here. There’s also an interview with me on their site. There are lots of great tutorials and ideas on their site, it’s well worth exploring.
I have recently started a new collaboration with artist friend Gillian McFarland exploring stains and marks. It is incredibly liberating to just experiment and play, swapping ideas and techniques and to see where it takes us creatively, without a fixed goal or deadline. For me it is great to feel able to explore process and concepts in a variety of different media rather than feeling confined to a material or technique.
I’ve really cut back on the amount of workshops I am teaching in 2016 so these are very exclusive dates! Details on my workshops page.
West Dean College – Creating Cloth with Meaning 30th May – 2nd June
Black Country Living Museum – Wild Dyes 18th June
Indigo Moon, Montgomery, Wales. Precious Object Samplers 2nd July
Black Country Living Museum – Textile Stories: using text and image in textile work. 5th November
This summer I am running a three day course at the lovely West Dean College, 30 May 2016 to 2 June 2016. Find out more here.
Art Textiles: Creating Cloth with Meaning
Explore a range of slow, thoughtful textile practices to create cloth with meaning. Experiment with local plants and simple rust dyeing to create eco prints on natural and vintage cloth. Introduce hand stitch with fabric manipulation and trapunto quilting to add texture and structure.
My weekend of creative experimentation workshops at NCCD has been rescheduled for 9th & 10th January, the final weekend of the exhibition
Spend a weekend immersed in creative, slow, experimental techniques inspired by Ruth Singer’s work. The workshops include simple, experimental natural dye techniques, embroidery and using found objects. You can create a series of samples, pieces to incorporate into other work or art textile pieces to frame.
Full details of the workshop can be found here.
This week I’ve started a new commission for Harefield Hospital
and made some dye bundles at the first community workshop
The patchwork continues to grow (on the cat, as usual!)
I rarely get a day just stitching, so attending a workshop on Indian embroidery was a real treat this week.
Some preparation for my artist residency day
and some stitching stains during the residency day
I’m very excited that I’ll be teaching a week-long textiles retreat in Tuscany, Italy this September with Made on Holiday.
The week includes exploring antiques markets and museums for inspiration and four days of tuition, covering design development, embroidery, natural dye and fabric manipulation techniques. All of this will take place in a beautiful setting with lovely food, wine and sunshine!
The Art of Textiles is an exciting and experimental week designed to give you lots of creative ideas to use in the future. During the week you will work in the same way Ruth does in her own studio. Dyeing fabric, exploring themes, stories and narratives to inspire your work, then using hand embroidery and fine embellishment techniques to create textile pieces with a story and a sense of history. We will take Italian history as our theme, explore the local landscape and visit flea markets and museums to generate ideas to create art textile pieces, embroideries and embellished garments.