Hannah Hoch Exhibition plus a lot of cutting & sticking at home

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Last week I enjoyed a ‘mothers & daughters’ visit to see Hannah Hoch’s work at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London.  We two mothers are part of a group who meet up to get creative at each others’ homes, roughly monthly, and our two daughters are both in the midst of art courses of one sort or another, so we thought we would all go to an exhibition together.  Within our group this month we embarked on a paper collage day where we attempted to make a dent in the piles of magazines we all collect throughout the year, so it was fortuitous to have an exhibition ofcollage to go and see.

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Hannah Höch (1889-1978) was a German Dada artist. She is best known for her work of the Weimar period, when she was one of the originators of photomontage. This collection of 100 of her montages and watercolours is the first to be shown in Britan.  Her work often appears both whimsical and disconcerting with its dismembered heads & bodies repasted in unexpected formations onto unlikely backgrounds, such as in ‘Heads of State’ where she displays ‘portly German politicians in the swimsuits floundering against a backdrop of fine embroidery’.

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Her work contained strong political messages seen to be against Naziism which necessitated her retreat to a secluded cottage where she lived out the war quietly cutting & pasting, producing images inspired by musings on such things as androgyny, bisexuality & melancholy.  Her sense of colour & composition were the most striking thing for me, filling my head with new thoughts on representing feelings and issues close to my heart through paper, cloth and colour.  Here’s a glimpse of what I produced myself at our group cutting & pasting day!  Not too bad I thought, and must have been influenced by the proximity to Valentine’s Day …

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Next event with Women of the Cloth in Dulwich

JEANNIE AVENT GALLERY

14 North Cross Road, East Dulwich London SE22 9EU

Following on from last year’s residency at Jeannie Avent Gallery, which was a great success and a lovely place to be, we will be back there for two weeks from 3rd April 2014

As usual, we will have a variety of work on show and for sale, with various guest textile artists adding yet more choice of work and techniques to see and to buy.

We will be running workshops, a few of which are listed below, more to be added soon. Email us at womenofthecloth2012@gmail.com to book places:

Sat 5th April – 10.30 till 16.00  Feltmaking Day: make some colourful felt using sheeps’fleece, soap & water

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Sun 6th April – 11.00 till 15.00  Creative Weaving with Joan

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Mon 7th April – 10.30 till 16.00 Needlefelting: Garden birds

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Weds 9th April – 18.45 till 21.00

Felt balls for necklaces & bracelets

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Thurs 10th April 14.00-17.00 and Sunday 12th April

Lino block printing with Robyn Archer

Create your own carved lino block using traditional carving techniques. Print your design onto a tote bag and greetings cards.

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Sun 13th April 14.00 – 17.00 – Beginners’ Embroidery

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Mon 14th April – 11.00 till 16.00 Needlefelted Dogs

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Mon 14th April – 18.45 till 21.00 Shisha Mirrorwork Embroidery

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Full day workshops £50.00 including materials, half day or evening workshops £25.00 or £30.00

Unleash your creativity through Feltmaking

When I’m in the midst of running a feltmaking workshop I am always amazed at the wide variety of colour schemes emerging on the table.  I always have a full range of colours to choose from, as well as some beautiful silks and yarns for embellishment – it’s like an adventure playground of colour!  I love it every time.

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Feltmaking allows us to explore our creativity with freedom and does not require particular skills in the way that drawing or painting do.  So,  those familiar feelings of uncertainty, anxiety & lack of confidence are replaced by curiosity about the process, enjoyment of the colourful materials and a general feeling of wellbeing.

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It’s fun and expressive – everybody goes home with one or two pieces of beautiful material, made with three simple ingredients – dyed sheeps fleece, olive oil soap and water – oh, and a bit of rubbing and rolling!

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We start with flat pieces of felt, which make lovely table mats or even framed artworks.

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Then we move on to learn 3D feltmaking processes using resist templates.  Start by making a decorative bowl, a beret, a hotwater bottle or tablet cover, a tea cosy.  Whatever you fancy.  Again the fascination is in the process and the creativity in the choice of fibre/colour/shape & form.

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One of my most popular feltmaking workshops involves making a pair of slippers which hug your feet.  This is achieved by putting the slippers on when they are almost finished, and rubbing them into the actual shape of your own feet.  A workshop in the summer saw 8 pairs of slippers made in a day, and this picture is a good illustration of what I mean when I say I’m amazed at the range of colourschemes people choose!

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So, come on, unleash YOUR creativity in 2014 by learning feltmaking – a wonderfully expressive, tactile medium which is so versatile you can keep on learning new things forever!

If you don’t see the workshop you want in my listings, do email or ring me and I’ll see if I can set a date either at a weekend or during the week.