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A Cautious return to classes.

Well its been a very strange time this year hasnt it … I have on the one hand enjoyed having a bit more time to enjoy simple pleasures, but, on the other hand I have missed seeing my kids, and my grandbabies , and I have missed people coming in and out of the studio, students, tutors and general visitors…

anyway, I am planning to inch back to some semblance of normality and start to run a few classes, particularly those I can run outdoors … here are the words from the granary studio website……
I am planning to restart classes here at the Granary from the middle of July.. it won’t be all the classes I am afraid but where we can keep everyone safe, I will run the class.
We are currently rigging up an extension to the studio in the form of a gazebo …and where we can have classes completely outside, when the weather and the class permits… there will by necessity be some changes in order to be able to run the classes which are listed below … I shall start with the classes that can be run outside if possible , then look to start the full program of classes from the beginning of September.. I will contact all those booked on classes as we approach them to make decisions on viability
.. everything is subject to change of course …
I would please ask anyone due to attend a class to let me know if you are ill in anyway, this virus seems to have a vast array of signs and symptoms , this of course means there may be last minute spaces so do keep an eye on the website for details
Meanwhile, I am contacting tutors to rebook classes and will hopefully have the new program and leaflet out before the main restart in September

I will have anti bac wipes in the bathroom, and hand gel for each student.
There will be masks available when appropriate ..
I will endeavour to keep a 2 metre space between chairs even though Boris has dropped it to 1 metre
I will have the tea urn boiing but each student should bring their own mug and drinks as well as lunch..
I am afraid the class biscuit tin will be temporarily suspended…
Lunch may have to be at the workspace but wherever possible we will take lunch outdoors
Hopefully we will all be fine, we all have loads of common sense and with a bit of luck things will return to some sort of normal before long

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Dayschools at the Granary Studio

As well as the longer courses that I teach at the Granary Studio, I am now offering some short, dayschools. In response to requests from my followers, I have titled the series Dayschool Fridays., which just means that they all occur on Fridays, you can book onto just one, or you can book them all, no problem!

If you would like to see something else offered, please do let me know, then I can either teach it, or get a tutor who can. Hope there is something you can find to do in this list.

I am still getting all the information pages together, but I wanted to tell you about this venture before the festival of quilts so you get a chance to book onto your choice of days.. when the course code is blue, click on it and you will go to the information sheet, I am still workingon any that are not so please come back later

Dayschool Fridays with Susan in 2019,  10.00 – 16.00.   

£50 a session to include most materials

Each session is bookable independently

19 October             SC012   An introduction to Patchwork
26 October             SC013   Slow Stitching, Kantha stitched Collages
5 April                    SC014   Know your Sewing Machine 1, an introduction to basic machine skills on your sewing machine
12 April                  SC015  Know your Sewing Machine 2, an introduction to free machining and learning to draw with your sewing machine
3 May                      SC016  Using Thermofax Screens, an introduction
17 May                    SC017  Paper Lamination, an introduction
31 May                    SC018  Simple Folded Books
21 Jun                     SC019   Simple Stitched Books

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Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, mine was different this year, I went to my daughter’s house, she has a new baby and my son in law was cooking so we all converged in Uttoxeter … wonderful to hand over the cooking …

and so, now my mind turns to the new year … what will 2018 bring ….

I have just posted some new classes on my granary website .. do visit .. hopefully there wil be some classes that interest you    www.granarystudio.com

I am running a drawing course at Eastleigh college which finishes at the end of this term and working a little with theyoung students too, but I am cuting back on hours there … don’t forget the HNC Contemporary Art Practice, I will teach on that if it runs.. we still have the names from last year so hopefully it will … if not, then my time at Eastleigh College may draw to a close after 15 years!

the Granary Studio goes from strength to strength so I will not be at a loose end…

I hope to see you there or at the shows, I will be at ICHF shows in Glasgow and Birmingham, back to back in March.. and at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August, Hampshire Open Studios in Granary Studios in August too, then finally the  Autumn Knitting and Stitching shows, probably at all three .

A very Happy and Healthy New year to you all

Susan x

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HNC Contemporary Art Practice

Hi everyone, I am part of the tutor team for the HNC Contemporary Art Practice which is taught at the brand new Art school in  Eastleigh College … it will be starting at the end of September and you would study for two years part time for this qualification… it is a brod based course which includes painting and drawing, textiles, sculpture, photography, film and animation and printmaking.

At the beginning of the course for the first term, you would have a go at everything with workshops in all the studios .. from then onwards you work independently for your own exhibitions using which ever medium you prefer, we have tutors in all specialities to help you… I teach printmaking and textiles predominantly ….

The hours are from 4.15 – 9.00 on mondays and wednesdays, and this course attracts an HE loan, so, unless you earn around £30,000 a year, you are not required to repay it.

Four of our graduates this year, are going onto university to study the rest of the units required for degrees/HND

We are interviewing for this coourse on Wednesday 6th September which is only next week… if you are interested then please contact me urgently, see my contact details elsewhere on this site,  or Kathy Messenger on 02380911004 at college… we need a couple more people to ensure that this course runs, we have a lot of fun and there is a lot of learning too .. do join us …

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Festival of Quilts

Festival of Quilts is next week at the NEC in Birmingham, it runs from Thursday 10th until Sunday 13th August.. I will be there with a stand QIA24 which is next to the Granary tudio Student stand, so please do pop by and say hello …

I am also part of a European Exhibition called ‘Perception’ it is the first venue for this travelling show, presented by ArtQuiltFusion. you will find us in TG1 right at the front beyond the winning quilts … do have a look, we represent eight different European countries and our styles are very different from each other … really interesting!

Hope to see you all somewhere next week! enjoy!

 

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HNC Final Exhibition

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hope to see some of you here tomorrow evening Wednesday 5th July

see the students graduating show, see the brand new art building, and see what we are up to for next year…

if you are interested in either the part time HNC Contemporary Art Practice, or our part time level 3  courses in drawing, photography or printmaking, then do come along and talk to us … we are holding interviews for the HNC  tomorrow Wednesday 5 July  all day and again in early September … we have the information here in the department or phone Kathy Messenger in IAG department (Information, Advice and Guidance) of Eastleigh College 02380 911000 to book an interview

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time for applying to HNC

We are accepting applications for the HNC Contemporary Art Practice at Eastleigh College. we have a date for interviews which is wed 5th July .. that is in one weeks time ….just phone the college 02380 911000 and ask for Cathy Messenger in IAG.. she is our support for higher education courses… she is booking the interview slots …

The HNC final exhibition for the current students opens on that evening, 6-8 and will be open thursday 6th and frid 7th july from 10-4 so if you are interested, then come along to see their work, and catch one of us to find out more

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Another Great Couple of Shows

phew.. just back from two ICHF shows, only two weeks apart firstly ‘The Scottish Quilting Show’at the SECC in Glasgow and then the ‘Fashion and Embroidery Show’ at the NEC in Birmingham … I was so busy on the aproach to these shows I didnt get to post any information about them but do put the dates in your diaries for next year …..

The Scottish Quilting Show … at SECC in Glasgow will run …           8-11 March 2018

Fashion and Embroidery Show … at NEC Birmingham will run …  15-18 March 2018

They are actually back to back next year so that will be a test of packing and re-packing! I will be at both shows next year too

But, this year ….

I had a large solo exhibition in Glasgow and I also taught some lovely ladies and gentlemen every day of the show …I taught my workshop ‘Explorng Simple Print’ using funky foam and polystyrene, and I think everyone had great fun, including me. The washing up was a bit of a challenge though with automatic taps in the loos until the lovely Jane Bolsover found me a catering sink .. she really is an amazing mover and shaker…glasgow 01glasgow 02

and all sorts of fun at the NEC two weeks later

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this is my demonstrator stand and behind that the  ByDesign exhibition titled ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, here are a couple of views

Finally the third stand I was involved in was the Eastleigh College stand … this showed the work from last summers HNC end of first year interim show, four students who are textile based, from this course came with their work … and here are a couple of views

they are Shelly Canning, Me, Irene Belcher and Frances Davison, a great time was had by all … and , finally, all my family came on the sunday and helped take down … those who know us well know that it is quite rare for all of us to get together

family

that is me, Oli Son, Evelyn Daughter with Granddaughter on board who I ill hopefully meet at the end of June! and last but certainly not least Ben son-in-law

thats it, my whole dynasty so far….

speak soon

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Hold on to your hats!

Hold on to your hats! the autumn term is about to start …. this year it is full on until Christmas …We have 110.. 17/18 year old students starting on Monday … I am going to try and teach them all about textiles! …. a whistle stop tour in 15 hours a week, 8 groups so 8 weeks of this… the lovely new textiles tutor cant start until nearly half term so I will have 5 weeks at least of the 8 …. phew … wish me luck! .. then a week later our lively adult courses start ….’Building an Art, Media, and Design portfolio’ which I am running this year, and the second year of the HNC for which I am one of the primary tutors …what happened to cutting my college commitment to one day a week!!! Sadly there are not enough enrolments to run the city and guilds this year, in patchwork or creative sketchbooks, maybe next year

The Granary Studio classes continue apace, for more information on the classes offered please visit my other website …. www.granarystudio.com

Finally I have an upcoming solo show in Maastricht at the ‘Open European Patchwork Championships’, from 19-23 October,  I have a collection of 26 quilts (if I get the last three finished!) going there and I am judging the competition too, exciting times….currently I am trying to decide where I cross the channel, I am driving,  because I want to avoid Calais at all costs..

Hope some of you will be at the show, if so, please come and say hello … I will probably be pleased to hear a British voice! My language skills are fairly limited although I am better when I am in the country.

Just to add a little more excitement to the term, we are moving to a brand new Art School after half term and before Christmas! it is still wrapped in plastic and scaffolding so  I wonder if it will be ready in time!!!

Speak soon x

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Festival of quilts

ok, van has been borrowed, workshop stuff packed, stand stuff packed, the three dimensional pieces of work are loaded, now ironing clothes and packing ….off to the festival of quilts early tomorrow …

i am teaching a masterclass all day wednesday, called ‘stitching from life’, students will be free machining all day, direct from primary source, no drawing on fabric ….straight to stitch, observational drawings n stitch … magic …. a few exercises in the morning and a model in the afternoon (clothed), should be fun ….

then … show opens on thursday and i will be on stand QIA 24… do come and visit me, i will be next to lynn onions so we can look after each others stands when we are not there, one of us will always be there….

I will also be demonstrating on artvango’s artist in action stand, showing the process of taking the sketchbook work into stitch… not sure when at the mo but probably on friday…pop in and see me there too!

show is on until 5pm sunday …. worth a visit… see you there!