Last weekend I had a day out the studio and travelled up to my old stomping ground of Dundee. Incase you didn't know, I got my degree at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee and it will always have a special place in my heart. Fun-Dee forever!! Anyways, so after a nostalgic drive that I used to know like the back of my hand, I arrived at the DCA. I had been asked to hold a day workshop showing people how to make their own lampshades. There were two scary bits to this;
No.1 I'm used to a class size of 6, maybe 8 at the most and there were 16 booked into this class!!
No.2 I've never actually taught a class how to make lampshades!!!
After a stern word with myself about not being a woos, I mean I've made hunners of lampshades now so how hard can it be to show people how it's done?! Plus I had an amazing assistant on hand to help me out. (Major thanks to the nifty sewer that is Jude Gove for helping keep me calm and keeping everyone on track!) we got started.
We knew it was going to be a bit of a busy 5 hours as I'd decided to try cram in as many techniques as possible. Seriously, there should be a world record for the amount of new skills you can teach in a 5 hour class that results in one finished item! Step one was to have a play with creating some colour. I use fabric dye on cotton in my own lampshades and love the slightly unpredictable nature of how the dye runs but you have to be brave and bold as once the ink hits the fabric, there is no going back!
Whilst the inky fabric was drying, it was onto lino printing so that we could add some detail and pattern to all that lovely inky texture. This was another new skill for most people in the class and it sometimes takes a few goes to get your head round the technique, (as anyone that has been to one of my lino classes at Harbour Lane knows)
Then it was time to get inky again. The DCA had ordered in all the supplies that we were going to need on the day and so we had brand new inks to try out. These oil based inks, by Cranfield are washable with soap and water and literally the