Tuesday, 26 July 2016

West Dean Summer School

I am on my summer hols. At West Dean College doing a course in Lino cuts. A first rate tutor. I learnt more useful techniques in the first half day than I imagined possible.

A selection of prints.

I am now cutting a large block. I did yesterday something i would never have considered before. I was worried about what sort of marks would best represent the foliage of a little bonsai tree. So I did several possibilities on a very small test piece and went from there. Mind you the Lino cut above has been much improved.

The West Dean gardens are lovely  and I went early on Sunday and walked round one bit of it. I must get to the Victorian walled garden.

Today I am off to a swap over class. Everyone does something else for a morning. I am doing photography.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.