Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Dionne Swift Drawing for Textiles

Next Monday I will be starting an online course with Dionne Swift. As regular readers of this blog may remember, I did her sketchbook course last spring and found it really inspiring and motivating. I posted about it several times last april - one example is to be found here.

This time it will be Drawing for Textiles.  If it is half as good as the sketchbook course was, it will be excellent and I'm really looking forward to it.

Dionne gives very good clear teaching via videos which are downloaded daily. There is then the possibility to upload photos of the work generated to a closed Facebook group for comment by Dionne and the other members of the group. (If you are interested, I see from Dionne's website that there are still places on the course ...)

Dionne's own work is most interesting. As well as the large image above which is the thumbnail for the course, two other little snippets follow as a taster,  - a mini stitched piece and a card. All are taken from her website :

I love the chance that classes like these give to be single-minded but it is often really difficult to find the right course at the right moment. The wrong one working on the wrong technique can merely throw up too many diversions and irrelevant side turnings.

As I've realised this about myself, I've become much more choosy about what workshops I follow.
I've chosen to do this course now because I think it really fits in with the way my work seems to be going.

Time will tell if I'm right, but I certainly hope so.


10 comments:

  1. Looks like a great workshop. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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    1. Nor can I ... I'm expecting it to be really open-ended and stimulating - right up my street!

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  2. I've dithered about Dionne's workshops on a number of occasions. But a work colleague did a course and loved it. So I have high hopes for you!

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    1. Having done Dionne's sketchbook course - it was great so I certainly didn't dither over this one! If you're still thinking of doing one of her courses - I'd say go for it ...

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  3. OOO, Margaret, lucky you. I have taken this course with Dionne and it was my personal favourite of her on-line classes!!! I had dyed a number of different textured fabrics in gradations of black and greys in preparation and found them really useful as well. I'm sure you'll love this course too!! Can't wait to see what you post!!

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    1. I'm really looking forward to the course ... been keeping the diary clear! Thanks very much for the hint about fabrics. I will prepare some, maybe with transfer dyes, my personal favourite as they're much less hassle.

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  4. I'm sure that you will enjoy it. I did the class but it just wasn't for me although Dionne does an excellent job.. Like you I've decided to be very selective about classes and choose ones that will enable me to move on from where I am at the moment rather than branching out into something new.

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    1. There is a time for branching out but now is not the time - I'm in consolidation mode!

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  5. I like your various black and white photos,Photoshop is a seductive thief of time!
    I did a summer course at West Deane with Dionne and have a piece of her work above my desk. I hope you enjoy the course. I have to give way to distraction,I just can't resist.

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    1. Photoshop is a seductive thief indeed! There is so much to learn. I have to ration myself.

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