Sketchbook workshop

More than a year ago I did a workshop with Cas Holmes at West Dean, on using sketchbooks as a starting point for further work.  I was not well at the time and felt I hadn’t produced anything worthwhile, but when I came to look at the work again, I felt there was a lot more there that could inspire me further. Here are just a few of the pages.

We started by just adding marks and colour to pages:

then did some drawing: this was looking through a window in the Great Hall:

Outside in the gardens:

Then made collages from a variety of bits and pieces we had either brought with us or found lying around the studio (other students’ cast-offs).  We also took photographsand then played around with the images, enlarging, tearing them into strips, etc.


I revisited the lattice work on the windows:

The following page uses an small isolated section from a drawing to be reproduced with fabric and stitch.

We were also given a challenge to make something using chance criteria – mine was a postcard using a colour I don’t normally work with: red.  Luckily I had a few bits with me and I was given some red crepe paper by another student.


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