Paper Samplers and Experimental Bookbinding
With Jennifer Collier
2 day course
A practical two-day course showing you a range of experimental techniques using found and recycled materials with paper pioneer Jennifer Collier.
The skills learnt over each day will feed into one another, allowing you to create a range of paper samplers and books to use in your ongoing practice.
Over the two days you will:
- Create experimental samplers using paper and stitch
- Create surfaces, by waxing, trapping, layering and embedding into plastics, papers and fabrics
- Learn a wide range of hand and machine techniques to embellish and make beautiful experimental samplers.
- Use techniques including covered bindings, button loops, covered buttons, covered buttonholes, paper pockets, patchworking, backstitch, cross-stitch, Picot stitch and needlelace stitch
- Make into a traditionally bound 3 section A5 soft-backed sketchbook.
Jennifer was an excellent tutor, helpful, kind, full of knowledge and willing to share what she has discovered for herself about how to become an artist. I am full of enthusiasm and can see how I can use what I’ve learned in my own practice. Not only did I have a lovely restful break but I also benefited from the chats we had about mentoring and how to go from being an MA student to being an artist who sells their work. The cooking was first rate and Clayhill is a beautiful venue, so quiet and peaceful, with a lot of personal space.
– Vivienne Spencer
Can’t make this course but would like to learn from Jennifer? She’s also offering a Paper Garments workshop with us later in the year.
Paper pioneer Jennifer Collier creates exquisite sculptures from vintage recycled materials in conjunction with stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers serve as both the inspiration and the media for the work, with the narrative suggesting the forms. Through this marriage of unlikely materials old papers are transformed into something truly unique, delicate and complex.
Most recently Jennifer has been collecting rarely used, heritage stitches and discovering how to translate the art of lost stitches onto paper, as these techniques are an important part of our creative heritage and she wants to continue to invest time in them to keep them in the present, offering them on to future generations. Jennifer is giving new life to things that would otherwise go unused, unloved or be thrown away…
Jennifer completed a BA (hons) in Textiles (Print, Knit and Weave) in 1999 at Manchester Metropolitan University, and has had her work featured in over 60 magazines and over 15 books to date, including Thames and Hudson’s ‘Encore: The New Artisans’. Jennifer is internationally exhibited and has stocked galleries such as the Museum of Art and Design, in New York, Liberty and the V&A. Jennifer has worked on many site specific, public arts commissions, most recently for the National Trust at Packwood House, Shugborough Hall and Coughton Court. In 2010 Jennifer founded Unit Twelve Gallery, a contemporary craft exhibition, art workshop and studio space, that hosts a regularly changing programme of high quality, contemporary craft exhibitions, as well as being home to 6 artists studio spaces; open Thursday-Saturday, 10-4pm.
Experimental Samplers using paper and stitch : this first workshop will combine Jennifer’s trademark experimental techniques with traditional embroidery techniques. In the morning you will create surfaces, by waxing, trapping, layering and embedding into plastics, papers and fabrics, and then in the afternoon you will learn a wide range of hand and machine techniques to embellish these to make beautiful experimental samplers. These techniques will include covered bindings, button loops, covered buttons, covered button holes, paper pockets, patchworking, backstitch, cross stitch, Picot stitch and needlace stitch to name a few.
Experimental Bookbinding : You will be shown Jennifer’s trademark experimental techniques, such as waxing, stitching and trapping recycled papers to create sketchbook pages. These will then be made into a traditionally bound 3 section A5 soft backed sketchbook. In this workshop you will be encouraged to create exciting surfaces and bring in techniques learnt in the previous days workshop.
We have a fantastic accommodation offer onsite, and would recommend staying here for the fully immersive Clayhill experience. All our accommodation is reserved for the students for the duration of the course and you will have a bedroom of your own. Our rooms have been converted from a series of old cattle sheds and from an old milking parlour and retain characterful features such as exposed wooden roof timbers and stone walls. Each bedroom has its own tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor seating area.
We also have an onsite laundry should you need to use these facilities during your stay with us. WIFI is available throughout the complex, heating and hot water is supplied by biomass technology, electricity by solar technology and all of the water around the site is fed by a natural spring.
Accommodation is offered at £80/night. If you would like to make your stay here more comfortable, you can also buy single additional nights before or after the course. (Please note any additional nights will not be catered, we are happy to recommend some local places to eat).
All courses at Clayhill Arts are fully catered, and our locally-sourced food is included in the price of your course ticket. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided. To read more about our food offering, follow this link. About our catering
We will be using sewing machines in day one of this workshop (day two they will be available if participants wish to use them, but not essential) all machines will be provided, you are not requires to bring your own machines.
Anyone with an interest in textiles and experimenting with stitch and paper
Yes! We provide refreshments throughout the day and a home-cooked lunch which is freshly prepared in our Granary kitchen. Lunch is served around our communal dining table, offering you a great chance to get to know everyone on the course and share in the making processes you have been developing throughout the day. Please advise us of any dietary requirements before arrival.
Yes! All of our bedrooms here at Clayhill are en-suite so you will have your own private space to retreat to and relax in after spending your day in the meditative space of the Studio. We provide you with your own towels and bathroom products for use throughout your stay and you can enjoy the extensive grounds well into the evening. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
We have also set up a payment plan so that you can spread the cost of the sessions over the next 4 months. You will find the option for doing this as you enter the checkout page.
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