Observe and Stitch: Landscapes

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Follow Dionne Swift’s journey of creativity: helping you to develop your powers of observation, whilst discovering more of the world around you by seeking out new ways of drawing and mark making. Find an honesty in your creative practice through a deep connection with Landscape.
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Tutor Name(s): Dionne Swift
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Programme: On Demand Masterclasses
Duration: 10 hours
About

Exploring drawing and the translation of visual ideas into paper and cloth. This masterclass follows Dionne Swift’s intimate creative journey, giving you a window into her artistic practice. Together you'll develop your powers of observation, whilst discovering more of the world around you by seeking out new ways of drawing and mark making. Find an honesty in your creative practice through a deep connection with Landscape.

This masterclass is perfect for those curious as to how they might develop their own creativity, and those with a desire to find truth, focus and independence in their work. Dionne guides you in finding your unique creative process and voice, including how to lose yourself in your artwork, translating drawings into textiles.

 

Series Key Learnings:

  • To encourage & enable confidence in your individual creative process
  • To illustrate a new dialogue through observation and acute awareness of subject
  • To illustrate a direct correlation between observation, drawing and translation to textiles
  • Process is everything – it’s that intimate connection between you and your subject that offers profound substance to this endeavour
  • Indulgence in the moment, in the act of making and observing work on paper and on cloth

 

By purchasing this Masterclass, you will gain unlimited access to this On-Demand series, with opportunities to interact directly with Dionne during one of our regular 'Meet the Tutor' live sessions. Once you have purchased the Masterclass, we will keep in touch so that you know when the next live tutor session is taking place. These live sessions will be free to attend for Masterclass purchasers.

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Session Overview
Session 1
Introduction

Set the scene for the journey you are about to commence with Dionne’s overview of the upcoming Masterclass series and the basic equipment you'll need.


Materials & Preparation: An open mind.

Session 2
Continuous Observation

Hone your focus and awareness to your environment, tune in and get connected to your muse.

Key Learnings:

  • Finding focus
  • Exploring drawing media
  • Working en plein air

Materials:

  • Paper with drawing board & sketchbook
  • Drawing media
  • Masking tape
  • Access to Landscape
  • Plants/foliage to observe

Preparation: Select your outside space and set up your drawing board & sketchbook.

Session 3
Continuous Thread

An introduction to free machine embroidery based on observations.

Key Learnings:

  • To explore your machine as a drawing tool
  • To listen & work with your machine

Materials:

  • Drawings from the previous session
  • Sewing machine
  • Machine threads
  • Fabric & embroidery hoop
  • Plants/foliage

Preparation: Complete Session 2: Continuous Observation and collect plants and foliage from your surroundings.

Session 4
Shadow Drawing

Rid yourself of the details, don’t let it bog you down. See shape and form in a new light!

Key Learnings:

  • To appreciate form, positive and negative shape
  • To simplify

Materials:

  • A strong light source; natural or artificial
  • Large paper or sketchbook
  • Drawing media
  • Foliage

Preparation: Collect foliage from your surroundings.

Session 5
Shadow Printing

Explore layers of form and shape through textiles as cut fabrics and stencil prints.

Key Learning: Stencil Silk Screen printing.

Materials:

  • Fabrics
  • Bondaweb
  • Cutting tools
  • Silk screen and squeegee with printing media/Procion MX & Manutex
  • Masking tape
  • Printing surface

Preparation: Prepare your space for printing and download the Print Paste Recipe PDF (provided upon purchase).

Session 6
Straight Line Observations

A fascinating and intriguing process of observing, connecting and drawing.

Key Learnings:

  • A new method of mark making and finding focus
  • Abstraction of the landscape

Materials:

  • Paper with drawing board & sketchbook
  • Straight edge [ruler/old store card]
  • Drawing media
  • Masking tape

Preparation:

  • Access to Landscape.
  • Plants/foliage to observe.
Session 7
Straight Line Textiles

Translate your observations directly into hand stitch and explore a variety of mark marking weights in thread.

Key Learnings:

  • Hand stitch as a drawing tool
  • Exploring varied threads
  • New explorations in hand stitch

Materials:

  • Cloth
  • Drawings from the previous session
  • Machine threads [darks/blacks]
  • Embroidery hoop

Preparation: Prepare your subject: landscape & foliage.

 

Session 8
Observing Structure and Form

Develop your observations in form, structure and composition. Consider weight and tone in the marks that are created and develop movement through your creative work.

Key Learnings:

  • Discover dynamic compositions
  • View tone and use weight of mark
  • Learn to build a more complex landscape

Materials:

  • Paper with drawing board & sketchbook
  • Drawing media
  • Masking tape

Preparation: Access to Landscape.

Session 9
Structure in Stitch Part 1

Evaluate and observe your work. See more in the surface of the drawing and expand your visions into stitch and cloth.

Key Learnings:

  • Gem finding - hunting out powerful & intriguing compositions
  • New techniques with Free Machine Embroidery

Materials:

  • Drawings from the previous session
  • Sewing machine
  • Machine threads
  • Fabric & embroidery hoop

Preparation: Complete Session 8: Observing Structure and Form.

Session 10
Structure in Stitch Part 2

Dionne references her own machine embroidered Artwork as you expand your Landscape compositions to a more resolved conclusion.

Key Learnings:

  • Heavier machine embroidery
  • Translation of a drawn/paper compositor to thread and cloth
  • Discover the background to some of my key pieces of Artwork

Materials:

  • Drawings from the previous session
  • Sewing machine
  • Machine threads
  • Fabric & embroidery hoop

Preparation: Complete Session 9: Structure in Stitch Part 1.

Materials & Preparation

Materials:

  • Cartridge paper &/or sketchbook(s)
  • Lightweight drawing board
  • Drawing media including marker pens, soft pencils, graphite sticks
  • Ruler/straight edge/old store card
  • Cutting tool - scissors &/or craft knife & cutting matt
  • A selection of fabric, ideally natural fibres & plain in colour
  • Fabric scissors
  • Hand stitch needles
  • Embroidery hoop
  • A range of machine threads - Dionne works with a small monochrome palette using threads 80wt - 12wt and hand embroidery cotton
  • Sewing machine needles (top stitching needles 90/14)
  • Sewing machine suitable for Free Machine embroidery (including a free machine embroidery foot/darning foot)
  • Silk Screen & squeegee with fabric printing media
  • Printing media - Dionne uses Procyon MX dyes with Manutex
  • Some fine coloured cotton cloth and a small amount of bond-a-web (iron on fabric adhesive)
  • Masking tape

Preparation:

  • Arrive with an open mind and a desire to observe
  • Access to the landscape & aspects of landscape in the studio/indoor plants
  • Strong light source, sunlight or artificial light. Dionne uses an Over Head Projector
  • Printing surface
Meet the Master: Dionne Swift

Dionne uses the scale, emotion and energy of Landscapes to inspire energetic drawings and textiles. The power of the elements: wind, rain, sea are translated into layers of intuitive marks: on paper and on cloth. Thread colours and textures entwine to produce a vibrant and dynamic surface with tones visually mixing and revealing themselves hence captivating and entrancing the viewer. Dionne sews as she draws, draws as she sews - using her sewing machine as a mark making tool. Embroidery need not be a slow, static meditation but lively, vibrant and effervescent.

Gold winner of Craft & Design Magazine's SELECTED awards Textile Artist: Dionne Swift is a graduate of Goldsmith’s College, London University, she has a Masters in Textiles from UCE, Birmingham and has over 30 years of creative practice experience. Now based in Holmfirth, Yorkshire, she exhibits and tutors internationally.

Find out more about Dionne Swift:
Instagram: @dionneswift
Facebook: Dionne Swift: Textile Artist
Website: dionneswift.com

 

Review

1 review for Observe and Stitch: Landscapes

  1. Vicki C (verified owner )

    Dionne’s masterclass is the second course I have bought from you. The quality of the first was excellent & I appreciate your excellent customer service on this one! I’ve subscribed to several online textile art tutorial series in the last 18 months – Dionne’s is the one I’m enjoying the most.

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