Ballarat Autumn 6th – 11th April 2021
Dionne Swift is an international textile Artist and Tutor based across Yorkshire and Abruzzo, Italy. Having studied at Goldsmith’s College, Dionne works with passion, intuition and compulsion to find a voice through textiles.
Visually fuelled by my immediate environment, I draw, paint and embroider contemporary stitched Artworks. My work is bold and energetic, I sew in the same manner as I draw, with vigour and intuition. I invite you to spend this masterclass walking alongside my process.
My work aims to celebrate stitch as a true artistic medium: thread as paint, needles as brushes… translating life, visions and travels. I search for landscapes and environments with heightened emotion. Drawing observations and energy from these visual scenarios completely underpins my creativity.
I use free machine embroidery, working at 1600 stitches per minute – it’s fast, furious and often physically hard work: it’s not a relaxing, sedatary pastime for me, I am very physically involved and engaged in every moment and every stitch.
“I am the conductor of a creative orchestra entwining my materials, machines and processes in perfect harmony”.
MASTERCLASS: ENERGISED EMBROIDERY
During this time you will establish the building blocks for a great stitched piece of Art. Inspired by your surroundings you will start at the beginning: gathering visual information, colour and structure, then explore, develop and form endearing, maybe even striking compositions. Imagine it as a capsule ‘design process’.
You’ll learn the machine embroidery skills to transform your paper based visuals into cloth and stitch, fully energised with colour and texture, leading to a substantial stitched masterpiece. This workshop is not for the feint hearted nor the beginner machinist: heavy machine embroidery takes commitment and dedication…are you up for the challenge?
What you will learn in this workshop
During this time you will establish the building blocks for a great stitched piece of Art.
Develop and form endearing, maybe even striking compositions.
Thread as paint, needles as brushes… translating life, visions and travels.