I’ve spent the last few days interstate at a workshop. Three months ago I was there as a participant in the encaustic art workshop, this time I was the tutor. Entitled ‘The Book of Silk’ the aim was to create a silk book from raw silk strippings, colour, embellish and bind it. Quite ambitious for a two day event.
Soon they were working together in teams of two to stretch out silk hankies and caps, wet them down and twist them into long ropes. Some were so long they were able to knit the lengths and embed them into their paper.
Some of the books were bound and completed during the weekend whilst others are still being worked on. Very easy in the time available to construct pages but as hand stitching, beading, creating individual dimensional shapes and so on can be time consuming many decided to continue working on their pages at home later before assembling their book.
There was only one problem with the weekend – it went far too quickly. I wish I hadn’t needed to rush back and could have spent a few more days up there.
A huge thank-you to everyone who attended and for welcoming me with open arms. I had a great time and picked up lots of tips along the way as well. That’s the beauty of workshops, someone else always takes a technique and gives it their own new, unique twist. A special thanks to Bob for his Heston Blumenthal chicken dish on Friday night and Vicki for the irresistible chocolate brownies on Sunday.
Some student work is featured below: