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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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bn5frontcover 1A garden wardrobe revealed here on the front cover of our local BN5 magazine, Paul , Pauline and our WRAGS student Denise.

I have just read a wonderful piece about gardeners workwear in the Telegraph… and it is extraordinary the lengths some people seem to be going to create that perfect tousled, seemingly unkempt  gardeners look. Not the fancy  Australian workbooks for us , not the fanciful dubarry boots or wild west chaps and stetsons. No catwalk fantasy , fancy pants or Ferragamo frills on the prairies . We are wearing real stuff, :clothes from the ghetto of the second hand shops, the reject buckets, the down and out rails of the high street. Clothes in which  you can wrestle with sheep , clothes that pigs can ravage, clothes that brambles tear and terrify. Clothes that can be discarded and left for days out in all weathers and can then be put back on again. Clothes that have no name , no home and no family.. wilderness wear !

so let’s see what the best prairie gardeners are wearing today….

Today Pauline is modelling the layered look… a vibrant green ralph lauren cashmere jumper (Ralph Lauren factory shop reject .. no one wanted that virulent green at any price) layered masterfully with another red cashmere cardigan M & S .. riven with moth/fire /puppy claw holes and missing odd buttons.. splattered in mud.. topped off by truly authentic romanian shepherds jerkin… (sporting stains- various) …trousers , Levis ,are courtesy of Paco , a crazy, lovely and eccentric spanish student … hems tattered  and free form, tears in knees and elsewhere ,undeliberate and adding character and ventilation…. and red wellingtons ….

Paul prefers that  farmer preppy combo of cord trousers (sporting another Ralph Lauren classic pointer dog motif if you look closely ) and barbour jacket , deputy dawg ear flap hat and fluffy fur lined wellies….a winner in every way !

Wild West it isn’t ,although we now have some gorgeous secateur holsters courtesy of some mystery gift giver… try us on the quick draw at your peril !

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