I am delighted that my friend Eloise Renouf will be joining us again for the Spring and Autumn 2020 A Nest of Gentle Makers Retreats. We have enjoyed a friendship spanning over 35 years and I have fond memories of sitting together throughout our senior school art lessons, so this collaboration is the perfect way for our relationship to evolve!
Eloise is an artist, designer and illustrator who lives and works in Nottingham, UK. With a background in textile design, her work is based around her love of natural forms, dynamic colour combinations and mid-century art and design.
She has worked for studios in London and New York, and now currently produces her own range of fine art pieces, limited-edition prints and fabric accessories. She also works with many high-end companies designing fabrics, homewares, stationery, gift ware, packaging and interior decorations.
“This workshop is a chance to explore shape, pattern, texture and composition through embroidery and applique. Using a variety of imagery inspired by geometric shapes and/or the woodland around us, you will be invited to create designs that can then be translated onto cloth using simple techniques. These initial designs may serve as a pattern for the final piece, or could also be a starting point for stitch work that grows and develops more organically. No stitching experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided (at a small, additional cost). But please feel free to bring your own fabrics – closely-woven linens, cottons and felt work particularly well – and threads and embroidery hoops if you have them.
The Saturday morning workshop will be a guided session where I will be sharing my knowledge and skills to help each participant create something in their own individual way, catering to a wide variety of abilities. The Sunday session will be a more informal drop-in workshop offering the opportunity to continue with your piece, or to simply come and enjoy the company of others.
Materials for finishing and hanging your work will also be available, along with instruction sheets to take away”.