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Our Group of artists in Residence this year is a very talented group of textile artists and designers- Ali Rabjohns, Vicky Mappin, Susan D’Souza, Sandra Ventris and Bridget Honour.

Their major exhibition will be showing with us from 1st June to 16th October 2016 and the group will be leading some marvellous and inspirational workshops during the course of their time with us .

 

Focus on -Susan D’Souza

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Susan D’Souza is a textile artist and teacher who currently runs the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) courses in Fashion and Textiles at West Kent College.

susand'souzaJuly detailSusan is currently developing a project Inspired by the textures and shifting colours of the Prairie Gardens with the intention of making a piece of textile work each month, to record some of the beautiful moments in nature, that lift us through the course of a year.  Working from photographs and colour studies she aims to translate the images through applique, hand painting and stitch.

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Susan will be holding two workshops with us –

Batik wax resist and hand painting on fabric workshop

Saturday 23rd July 2016. 10am-2pm

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Appliqué and Stitch : Creating textile collage workshop

Sunday 7th August 2016. 10am-2pm

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These two workshops are designed for anyone with an interest in colour, textiles and materials, regardless of experience. They will provide an opportunity to explore simple expressive techniques and play creatively to make individual art textiles. Participants will produce textile samples that could be put into a sketchbook to inspire future projects or used to create small framed pieces of work.

For further information or to reserve a place please contact Susan D’souza on:

susandsouza68@gmail.com 07786613309

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Our Group of artists in Residence this year is a very talented group of textile artists and designers- Ali Rabjohns, Vicky Mappin, Susan D’Souza, Sandra Ventris and Bridget Honour.

Their major exhibition will be showing with us from 1st June to 16th October 2016 and the group will be leading some marvellous and inspirational workshops during the course of their time with us .

Focus on Ali Rabjohns

alirabjohnsimageAli Rabjohns is a Crafts Tutor at The Mount Camphill Community, teaching young adults with special needs a range of crafts including felt, wet on wet painting and basketry. Ali’s aim is to inspire independent creative discovery, resilience and craft skills. Community building and practical creative skills are common themes in her teaching practice, enabling her to work in a very inclusive, person centred way. She has great respect for the Steiner ethos and her teaching practice incorporates a mixture of anthroposophical, therapeutic and holistic approaches, which are constantly evolving

Ali graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with a postgraduate in Theatre Design. After starting her family, she discovered the magical world of felt at an arts centre in Shoreditch called ‘Arts For All’. She had been searching for something relaxing and natural that she could create at home. Twelve years on, Ali focuses particularly on three-dimensional pieces and art garments, wall hangings or installation work, developing and experimenting with new 3d felting techniques. Ali is mainly inspired by the natural world with all its seasonal colours and forms. She is now studying part time to be an Arts Counsellor at Tobias school of Arts and Therapy and will complete her masters level training next year in 2017.

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Ali enjoys allowing the land and fibre to work though her. Exhibition opportunities in Canada during the summer of 2010 and 2013 enabled her to create a form or unfold a textural idea in response to her spiritual connection to the landscape. Through Ali’s experience of shamanic healing and her previous travels to Peru studying shamanism, her passion is to create a sacred space through felt making and textiles. Her intention is to enable her audience to step outside of time, re-connecting their souls and our ancestor’s cultural heritage. It is also to create a timeless space where people can sense the mystery and wonder of life. Threads of possibilities define an infinite dreamscape where healing and vision can occur.

 

Ali has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions internationally and locally, including The Moon Rain Centre, Canada, Brighton and London, UK. Inspired by the textile arts trail she participated in Canada during the summers of 2010 and 2013, she decided to bring this idea to Sussex Prairies .The Arts group ‘Elemental’ was established by Ali with the intention of working collectively as a group around a theme and for continuing traditional crafts techniques in a contemporary way. She has especially enjoyed developing her visual ideas around the archetype of the ‘Woman between the Worlds’ surrounded by the stunning and magical backdrop of Prairie Gardens.

Workshops at Sussex Prairies 2016
Workshop cost £65.plus £10 for materials
(If people booked all three of my felting workshops, it would be £175, for two workshops it would be £120 and for one it would be £65.)
The aims of this course are:
To develop technical skills associated with felt making.
To develop creative skills in translating personal ideas and designs into felt.
To introduce the work of other artists and designers working with felt.

Through this process, we will become familiar with examples of traditional felts and the work of contemporary artists and designers using felt in their work.
We will work predominantly with merino wool tops (loose wool fibres) but also incorporating other materials to create texture. Carding and blending of coloured fibres in preparation for the felting process is also demonstrated.
The techniques for felt making covered include: making flat felt, nuno and pre-felt ,wall hung and sculptural forms, needle felting.

Please pay the full amount via BACS to Mrs AJ Rabjohns: Acc no 50480355, Sort Code 20-36-16. Please state your name and ‘Sussex Prairies’ as a reference

Flat and Nuno Felting with simple natural dyeing techniques.

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Workshop cost £65.plus £10 for materials

30 July 2016. 10am – 2pm.

 

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Felted Wild Flowers or sculptural hollow forms,

using resists, pebbles and 3d natural materials.

Workshop cost £65 Materials cost: £10. 6 August 2016. 10am – 2pm

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Needle felted Deva’s, Goddesses and Fairies

13th August 2016. 10am – 2pm. Workshop cost £65 Materials cost: £5.
To secure your place, email Ali at i@feltgoodfeltfine.com.     tel 07528614747

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We are delighted that this year we have a textile artist in residence bringing a world of wonderful textile beauty to our garden room exhibition space.

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Anne Kelly – about me

“I collect recycled fabric, paper and ephemera using collage, stitch, photographic and print processes to create a range of work, most of which is framed. My inspirations are travel, memory and vintage imagery from a variety of sources. These have been described as ‘small worlds’ and my current layered mixed media work started life as mainly botanical in subject matter before developing into larger more narrative works. I assemble and reassemble the components of each piece using sketchbooks and digital imagery. Often it can be a small scrap or remnant of fabric that inspires a whole piece.  I am inspired by natural history and gardens. Collaborations are an important aspect of my work and I enjoy working with other artists and teaching. I also produce commissions for private and public individuals  – examples of these ‘collages in cloth’, based on special places, people and spaces can be found on my website. I have co written a book for Batsford/Anova press  which was published in 2013 called ‘Connected Cloth’

A Natural History of the Garden At Sussex Prairies-

Anne has brought an amazing textile exhibition of her latest garden related work and is working on a wonderful collaborative wall piece called A Natural History of the Garden which is helping to raise funds for the RSPB Southeast. Anne will be coming to the garden regularly during the summer to work on the project and to lead drop in sessions of creative stitching on a garden theme with a range of glorious textiles.

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Why not come and try your hand at making a small piece for our wall..we have all the materials you need and even a whole load of inspiration from books and printed materials as well as the big garden of course.

Take Anne’s easy step by step guide to creating your own piece. What better way to spend an afternoon sewing and chatting with friends over a piece of  homemade cake and a cup of tea.

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and if you would like to learn from Anne why not come and join us for one of Anne’s workshops  here on the Prairies-

 A series of Workshops by Anne Inspired by the garden –

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‘Illustrating Garden Poetry’ saturday 28th June 2014

–Looking at the work of some contemporary poets, we will discuss ways to combine stitch and words in a special piece which you will start on the day and finish afterwards. You will create a unique record of your garden, one that you’ve visited or a special plant/flower that you like. Full day workshop.

 

‘Prairie Paper and Stitch’ saturday 26th July 2014

– combining paper and cloth extends your options when working in textiles. In this one-day course, tutor Anne Kelly will demonstrate some basic bonding techniques and help you to make a small folding book form celebrating a favourite green space.

Full day workshop .

 

‘Planting in Cloth’ –Saturday 6th September 2014

Surrounded by the lovely setting of the Prairie Gardens, we will use them as the basis to record plant and flower drawings and paintings on cloth. These will then be stitched using a variety of techniques and can be finished as solo pieces or incorporated into a larger piece. Full day workshop .

 

 

‘Little House on the Prairie’ – Sunday 28th September 2014

A joint parent and child course – using a variety of simple stitch and bonding techniques, create a unique record of your house and garden with a member of your family. You will make the basis of this piece during the one-day workshop and can continue to embellish and add to it at home. Full day workshop .

read more abut Anne on her website http://www.annekellytextiles.com

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The crafting of the Willow Village

Over the winter we are made the infamous Willow Village down in the dampest part of the garden where previously the herd of plastic sheep roamed . Since their unfortunate abuse by the (late) ram Othello (now in handy non agressive frozen pieces) they are now in a place where they can have closure from that unfortunate incident and move on to pastures new.

Perfect Curve is the name of the first dome which was created by Lyn and Ruth which features bold (roundish) windows. Window making was found to be a craft requiring some skill, agility(knots, string, fingers in a  synchronised way  ) and fiendishly strong willow bending to master. By the end of the window making Ruth and Lyn had graduated from the “square” window to a very passable “perfect circle”.

The Gherkin(my work in progress)  is the second dome. And passably recognisable as said landmark with a large degree of artistic licence. Bill and Angie also had a go (grumbling about lack of workable materials !)  and the village was complete and now is a fuzzy little place in all our hearts.

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Willow Garden Structures Workshop 20th July 2013, 10am until 430 pm

Talking of Willow though , Jackie will be returning to the Prairies  on 20th July to run a class teaching  us how to make some fabulous willow garden supports .

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Willow artist Jackie Sweet will show you how to make sturdy obelisks for growing sweet peas, beans and even pumpkins up, as well as different kinds of trellis, fans and small domed plant supports. Or how to make something to fit a certain space in your garden.Places are  limited to ensure a good amount of one to one tuition.Jackie has over 10 years experience of working with willow and is a lovely lady. She will provide all the materials and tools. All you need to do is bring a sense of fun and energy and  a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden.

Cost £80 which includes teas and coffees and a delicious piece of homemade cake plus unlimited access to the beautiful prairie gardens to enjoy at your leisure either during the lunch break or after the workshop has finished.

For more information or to book a place please contact Jackie on 01273 400444 or email:jackiesweetbaskets@hotmail.com

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babaracollinsimage3We are overjoyed that Barbara Collins will be returning to our garden again this year,not only to exhibit her fabulous pieces but this time to teach us all how to make some beautiful “Garden Jewellery.”

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Barbara Collins works and teaches from Circle Studio in Brighton.

She originally came to Brighton to study art and gained a degree in Three Dimensional Design specialising in ceramics.Following that she set up a workshop and spent the next few years exhibiting her one-off pieces widely both in the UK and overseas.

She has always loved the surface patterns and textures found in nature, and this combined with simple hand-built forms gives her work a quiet presence that encourages relection and relaxation.

At present she is working with simple plant – inspired forms for both exterior and interior use. these comprise flowers and pods mounted on wires and hanging mobiles.These are mainly in white although Barbara is beginning to introduce colour into her work again.

Barbara has always found the creative making process to be very relaxing and therapeutic and is passionate about helping others to experience this in their busy lives. In the past she has worked in schools, further education , adult education and with the disabled.
She now runs small intimate classes from her studio (and now also Sussex Prairies !) , a beautiful, calm space in which to switch off from the outside world for a while and explore your creativity with expert guidence.

barbaracollinsimage3Our Summer Workshops:Come and learn how to make beautiful ‘jewellery’ for your garden inspired by the plants at the Sussex Prairies Garden . Ceramicist Barbara Collins makes mobiles and flowers and will guide you through the process of designing and making your own using porcelain clay.

Dates: Saturday 15th June 2013 and Monday 1st July 2013.

Time: 10.30am until 4.30pm

Cost: £60

Please bring a packed lunch which you are free to enjoy in the garden. You will receive a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and homemade biscuits on your arrival. Thereafter you may purchase tea/coffee and homemade cakes from the  teashop .

Contact: To book please e-mail Barbara at info@barbaracollins.co.uk or call her on 07963 691369

Your completed work will be fired by Barbara at her Brighton studio and be available to collect from the Sussex Prairies Garden approximately two weeks later.
Directions how to find Sussex Prairies and to read more about this inspirational garden can be found on the website http://www.sussexprairies.co.uk

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