The course was called Cutting and Cropping for design.

We learned how to design  from a starting image, make paper and fabrics and collage them to make a final stitched and mounted art work.

All of the images I shall show are either my own of those of other students and the tutor who have given their permission.

I wanted to use trees and leaves as my main subject. This was my first starting image

an my sketch of a selected area.

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From this I  abstracted areas of interest using paper masks. These were then enlarged to the required size.

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This was a second starting pont and the sketches.

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The next task was to prepare papers and fabrics for collage. Here are some of my papers and it is interesting to note that in some cases the back can be even more interesting than the front.


A mock-up was made out of papers to choose a final arrangement.

Selected areas of the papers  were then used to apply to a felt backing with Heat and Bond to make the central part of my final image,


This is now ready for stitching before I apply a border.  So look out for  a second post in due course.

Following here are a selection of the work of some of the other students (with permission) so that you can see the variety of work produced.



Finally two of Hilary’s works showing some ways to use the final images.


Thank yu so much  Hilary for a very inspiring few days and thanks to the other students for sharing their pages and inspiration.

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