Friday, 18 May 2012

TVCT day with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Last Saturday, The Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles group had out May meeting. We had the priviledge of having Alysn Midgelow-Marsden talk to us about her journey as an artist. We saw some of her amazing work with metal mesh and metal shim, and also some of the wedding gowns she has designed for clients over the years.

Alysn also runs the Beetroot Tree Gallery in Derbyshire. You can see more of her work and check out what else is going on at the Beetroot Tree Gallery website.

Not so easy to get photos of the slides, but here is one of the wedding dresses for which she won a prize at the National Patchwork Championships back when it was at Ascot. I remember being in awe of this!
And another gown she made.
with the accompanying sketchbook. And a wonderful lamp made from copper mesh and shim.
In the afternoon, she taught a workshop on Impressive Metal. We all had little kits with some dyed velvet, scrim, a handful of beads and a piece of copper to work.
Here are some of the pieces the members are working on.

And a photo of mine in progress.
I have had extra teaching and other time comsuming things going on since, so I haven't got further than simply putting things temporarily in place.

From the feedback, it sounds like everyone enjoyed the day!

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