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Our first ever heatpress garment course came to an end recently. The course followed on from a previous successful program on design which focussed on using vector data to create work using a CNC plotting machine. Sounds complicated but it was far from it!

It was a well-attended class with simply amazing results. All the members who took part got to grips with the safety elements, operating procedures and fundamentals of the hardware very quickly and were able to make saleable, professional quality items.

Since the class has finished, some members have been able to use the equipment independently to make create even more work. This will definitely be a course we'll run frequently.

Here are some examples of the great pieces that left our studio thanks to the course.

 In early 2016 we were invited to take part in a workshop at the Royal Academy; based on a current exhibition of the life and works of Jean Etienne Liotard.

Liotard was a very popular portrait artist among royalty and social elites of the 18th century. Despite spending time in England and being commissioned to do portraits for many english dignitaries, this is his first exhibition in England.

 Photography was not allowed in the exhibition. 

The exhibition finishes on January 31st.

A short workshop was held after the tour, instructing our group in the use of Liotard's preferred medium, pastels. 
We were given the opportunity to draw our own portrait, someone elses likeness or just to experiment with the pastels. 

 We talked through each others work and what we'd learnt from the day.   



'interesting Artist, Very good facilitators, great company'
'informative, educational, beautiful venue, excellent staff'
'unique opportunity'
'good to be with people. togetherness'
'nice to switch off'
' I felt very relaxed after'
'confidence in workshops and talks'
'lovely to be with the arts network crew'

Do you reckon we should submit our portraits for the RA summer show?

Many Thanks

 All About Autumn was a workshop on the autumn/winter timetable for 2015.

This workshop was a chance to create unique pieces of art using natural materials from the local area.

Using twigs, leaves, seeds and pods. 

We experimented with different printing techniques. 
Using acrylic paint and writing inks, we created beautiful collages and works.

We made clay leaf bowls, using fresh leaves to imprint into the clay.

These were painted to look resemble some impressively life-like leaves.

As the winter season progressed the leaves began to dry out and we could no longer use them for  different printing techniques.... 

but we took a lot of joy in listening to the sound, and feel of the leaves change.
And found a spot of mindfulness in the session. 

As we were no longer able to use our materials to print, we used them to inspire us.
Using polystyrene (repurposed pizza bases!) we created our own version of printing blocks and made some wonderfully creative pieces.


'I don't feel stuck like I have with other workshops, with nature it's easy'


'good motivation'

'good to use different materials'

'social and supportive'

Many Thanks

Members of Arts Network
The trees and plants that provided inspiration