Two full classes and a hugely enthusiastic tribe. What more can you ask for?
Running the Stitching Memories workshops at Lane Cove Library was delightful. Its always an amazing thing to see what people do with their work: all have different approaches based on a photograph of their own selection from the Library’s historical image collection.
I showed how to transfer a design (or text) onto a photograph, and various ways to stitch, showing my own examples and those of other artists, always encouraging participants to be free, non-judgmental and experimental.
Some people chose images reminding them of their families or homes, others chose randomly, while others decided on imagery completely unfamiliar to them.
All the examples here are works-in-progress. A two and a half hour session really just provides an introduction to the possibilities.
Sometimes just a touch of stitching here and there is enough to make a quirky statement. The addition of text can change the entire reading of an image, and over-the-top stitchery is certainly not out of place in this workshop!
And did I mention the camaraderie involved in these sessions?
I have one more session in this series coming up at Gallery Lane Cove on Saturday March 11, with a slightly different focus. The Stitching Your Memories workshop is free, and will be running in conjunction with the exhibition Translating Displacement, which shares stories of former refugees, asylum seekers, citizens and non-citizens whose families fled war and violence to settle in Australia. If you’d like to book please phone 61 2 9428 4898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d love to see you there.