Sharon Peoples has worked as an artist in Canberra for over 20 years, exhibiting nationally and internationally as well as taking on commissioned work. Her art practice focuses on textiles, both hand and machine embroidery. Peoples’ work has been collected by national and state institutions. In recent years Sharon has been exploring gardens through portraits: the inner secret garden, artists’ gardens and gardens of the imagination. Fragility of both the environment and the human condition is reflected in the medium: oscillating between hand and machine embroidery to examine various states.
Conscious Creativity: Masterclass Design for Embroidery
There are three responses to art – yes, no and WOW! WOW is the one we aim for in this class by using efficient, less wasteful ways to consciously achieve our visions. We do this by learning about design, developing strategies, solving problems and setting goals.
This is a design class. There are a few exercises that require only a little stitching, eg daily stitch meditations, Participants will come away with a portfolio of designs rather than a finished stitched project.
This course provides an overview of design and its application to embroider, from hand drawn to using new technologies; from hand embroidery, free machine embroidery to the often-vexed area of automated machine embroidery and anywhere in between.
The workshop includes examining what is design, the design process, design as a problem-solving activity. The course will give students the skills of build a framework for planning, designing and constructing embroidered work. Students will be guided to develop a deep understanding of design through both practical and ‘design thinking’ exercises. They will come to understand where design and embroidery itself fits into the broader artmaking.