MICHELE ELLIOT

AUSTRALIA

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Ballarat Spring 19 – 25 September 2021

Michele Elliot

Michele Elliot is an artist living in the Illawarra, NSW. Her practice spans sculpture, installation, textiles and drawing for over three decades. Michele has exhibited widely across Australia, and in Singapore and India. Her survey exhibition some kind of longing: textile works was held at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery in 2016 and at the Tamworth Regional Gallery in 2018. Michele is an experienced educator and community facilitator. She runs independent workshops in the Illawarra and beyond and has been Artist in Residence at Tender Funerals in Port Kembla since 2017.

Soft Drawing: cloth and thread

Have you ever thought of using thread and stitch to create ‘soft’ drawings? Working with cloth and thread, students will be encouraged to play with creating patterns and shapes, textures and layers, with various hand-stitch applications in two and three-dimensions. Experiment by combining new techniques to discover ways to use thread for mark-making and produce a series of expressive artworks in a supportive setting. Michele Elliot initially guides you through some simple design and compositional exercises. These will form the basis for a small series of works using hand-stitching, experimental embroidery and textile techniques. With an emphasis on recycling, you can incorporate an array of different materials into your ‘soft’ drawings. Utilise your fabric stash, use up scraps, recycle worn clothing or household linen. The class is an invitation to enjoy artmaking with a looseness and imperfection through the hand-made, rather than focusing on precision and refinement.

What you will learn in this workshop

Working with cloth and thread, students will be encouraged to play with creating patterns and shapes, textures and layers, with various hand-stitch applications in two and three-dimensions.

Michele initially guides you through some simple design and compositional exercises.

With an emphasis on recycling, you can incorporate an array of different materials into your ‘soft’ drawings.

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