Poetry of Decay with Christine Chester

How often do you take photographs of peeling paint, lichen, rusting metal, weathered rock surfaces and neglected buildings? But then what? How do you interpret those beautiful marks on paper and in textiles.

This mixed media course will introduce you to some materials and processes that will help you to create rich and textured surfaces based on the inspiration found in your own photographs.

Working first on paper and then on fabric you will experiment with a variety of media including paints, inks, dyes, wax, oil pastel, puff binder, and rusting powder, combined with machine and hand stitch. You will be encouraged to use your own mark making tools creating repetitive marks whilst producing a series of small paper based studies enabling you to layer experiments quickly, creating an understanding of your materials that you can then take on to work on more considered pieces on fabric.

Towards the end of the course there will be an emphasis on composition and combining photos, card and fabric pieces to create small book forms that will provide a record of your experiments.

The colour palette for this class is limited to black, browns, grey, blues and rust orange. Images should therefore be mainly those colours to enable you to combine photos and cards.

The workshops will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day with the studio opening at 9am and will have a maximum class size of 7.

The total cost for the five day workshop is £425 (including £175 deposit)

The cost includes hot and cold drinks, biscuits and fruit, and a simple lunch each day.

Cancellation policy: This workshop will only run if 5 or more people enrol. If there is a shortfall you will receive a full refund. And you will, of course, receive a full refund if I cancel the course. However please be aware that a refund will not be given in any other circumstances unless your place can be filled.