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Every Picture Tells a Story: Hand & Machine Stitch


  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Sue Stone

$395 [Includes $65 lab fee] Class limit 14. Sep 14-16 (Fri-Sun) 10am-4pm.

This workshop will focus on storytelling and will look at the different ways of working figuratively — from the substantial and serious to the light-hearted and whimsical. During the workshop students will create some characters, add text and narrative elements, make experimental machine stitch studies, and start a piece of work using drawings or photographs as inspiration. The aim of the workshop is to encourage exploration and experimentation in storytelling using images and anecdotes to convey ideas, thoughts, and memories. By the end of the workshop participants will have the necessary skills to develop their own figurative work and will have laid the groundwork for a project to work on at home.

This is a hand and machine stitch workshop but there will be the option to focus on either technique. Sue will advise and guide participants individually on working with imagery for their projects. This workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Sue joins us from the U.K.

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Sue Stone is a British artist who is best known for her figurative compositions that are both constructed textiles and poignant illustrations. Her work often features a fish, a symbol of her heritage (she is the daughter of a Grimsby fish merchant and a seamstress/tailor). Sue is a storyteller whose compositions combine multiple images of people, places, and times, alluding to a journey through life.

Sue returned to embroidery after a long career in clothing design and manufacture. Since 2006 her work has appeared worldwide in many magazines and books and has also been widely exhibited throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Pakistan, and Japan. Sue is the current Chair and an exhibiting member of the internationally renowned 62 Group of Textile Artists and a Fellow of the UK Society of Designer Craftsmen.

Earlier Event: September 13
Woman with a Fish
Later Event: September 15
Indigo Printing & Discharge