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Friday, 30 September 2016

A selection of my woven and embroidered pieces

 

WOVEN:


1. 'Złote zatopione', 2015. 20cm x 20cm. Weaving techniques. Linen twine, linen thread, gold metallic thread.
Pic.1: 'Złote zatopione'



Pic.2: 'Złote zatopione' - detail




 2. 'Srebrne zawieszone', 2015. 20cm x 20cm. Weaving techniques. Linen twine, threads: linen, cotton, silk, metallic silver thread.
Pic.3: 'Srebrne zawieszone'

Pic.4: 'Srebrne zawieszone' - detail



3. 'Etiude IV', 2016. 20cm x 20cm. Traditional weaving techniques mixed with my own techniques. Cotton yarn, copper metallic thread.
Pic.5: 'Etiude IV'



4. 'Pejzaż prawie horyzontalny' ('Almost Horizontal Lanscape'), 2016. 28cm x 28cm. Traditional weaving techniques mixed with my own techniques. Linen twine, linen yarn, linen fabric, metallic threads.
Award by AKAPI Fundation at 9th International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial, Krosno 2016 (the award for two pieces).
Pic.6: 'Almost horizontal lanscape'

Pic.7: 'Almost horizontal landscape' - detail



5. 'Pejzaż z drzewami' ('Landscape with Trees'), 2016. 35cm x 31cm. Traditional weaving techniques mixed with my own techniques. Linen twine, linen yarn, linen fabric, metallic threads.
Award by AKAPI Fundation at 9th International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial, Krosno 2016 (the award for two pieces).
Pic.8: 'Lanscape with Trees'

Pic.9: 'Lanscape with Trees' - detail



 6. 'Pejzaż księżycowy' ('Lunar lanscape'), 2016. 29cm x 29cm. Traditional weaving techniques mixed with my own techniques. Linen twine, linen thread, linen fabric, metallic threads: silver and platinum.
Pic.10: 'Lunar lanscape'
Pic.11: 'Lunar landscape' - detail



7. 'Sezon martwych drzew' ('Season of Dead Trees'), 2016. 30cm x 30cm. Traditional weaving techniques mixed with my own techniques. Linen twine, linen thread, linen fabric, sea-cell yarn, polyester rugs, metallic threads. 
Pic.12: 'Season of Dead Trees'


Pic.13: 'Season of Dead Trees' - detail



8. 'After Rain' ('Po deszczu'), 2016. 20cm x 20cm. Traditional weaving techniques mixed with my own techniques. Linen twine, linen fabric, silver thread.
Pic.14: 'After Rain'

Pic.15: 'After Rain' - detail




 9. A woven piece in progress - no title yet!
Pic.16.

 

 

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EMBROIDERY: 


1. 'Gardener', 2012. The inspiration for the embroidery: an illuminated French miniature from a medieval manuscript: Fécamp Psalter (76 F 13), dating back to c.1180, currently stored in Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague. Embroidery on silk with silk, cotton, metallic threads, silver and coral beads.
Pic.17: 'Gardener' - photo by Bartosz Kołata

   

Pic.18: 'Gardener' - detail, photo by Bartosz Kołata



2. 'Monk', 2013. The inspiration: an illumination from a copy of ‘Li livres dou santé”(Sloane manuscript 2435, f. 44 v., Brirtish Library) dated to the end of 13th century. Embroidery on silk with silk, cotton, metallic threads and glass beads.
Pic.19: 'Monk'

Pic.20: 'Monk' - detail



 3. 'Salmon of Knowledge' 2015. 34cm x 40cm. Techniques: background - four fabrics of different colour and quality, sewn together and incorporated into a shiny linen-polyester fabric frame; embroidery -  with silver and platinum thread in a combination of stitches: satin, couching, asymmetric laid work.
Pic.21: 'Salmon of Knowledge'


Pic.22: 'Salmon of Knowledge' - detail



4. 'Tail 1', 2015. 15cm x 15cm. The inspiration: a sculpture of a capital from the ambulatory of the 12th century church of Saint - Pierre de Chavigny in Vienne - southeastern France.  Embroidery on fabric blend (silk and wool) with various silver threads and silk threads.
Pic. 23: 'Tail 1'







5. 'Tail 2', 2016. 15cm x 15cm. Inspiration: a medieval illumination from Harley Bestiary (created in England c. 1230-1240). Embroidery on silk with silk, cotton and metallic threads.
Pic.24: 'Tail 2'




5. 'Tail 3', 2016. 15cm x 15cm. Inspiration: an illumination from 'The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century (British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 197v). Embroidery on silk with silk, cotton, silver threads and silver beads. 
Pic.25: 'Tail 3'
Pic.26: 'Tail 3' - detail



7. 'Battle of Clontarf' - work in progress. 110cm x 80cm. Embroidery on linen with sea-cell and silk blends threads.
Pic.27: 'Battle of Clontarf' - work in progress


Pic.28: 'Battle of Clontarf' - detail

Pic.29: 'Battle of Clontarf' - detail


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All photos taken by Mike Prendergast (except for 17 and 18). Thank you Michałku!

 




Tuesday, 13 September 2016

FIBRE ARTS & CRAFTS CLASSES - AUTUMN 2016


Photo 1: by Mike Prendergast
MY CLASS AT RATHMINES COLLEGE IS NOW FULL! YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR MY COURSES IN MALAHIDE AND NAUL.

Would you like to learn new skills in TAPESTRY WEAVING, FELTING, EMBROIDERY, CROCHETING or HANDSEWING 3D FORMS OUT OF FABRIC? JOIN ME FOR FIBRE ARTS & CRAFTS CLASSES – at Rathmines College –Dublin, Malahide Community School or Séamus Ennis Arts Centre in Naul, Co. Dublin.

Over 10 weeks you will have an opportunity to learn how to make a variety of projects using needle-felting, tapestry weaving, embroidery, crocheting and so called ‘fabric manipulation techniques’. It is a very relaxed class: you can learn in your own pace and try a bit of each craft or focus on your favourite ones – your choice! Whether you are a novice or if you already have some experience in fibre arts, you are welcomed.

I am an embroiderer and award winning weaver. In my creation I combine various fibre crafts techniques. I have wide knowledge in many disciplines of textile art which I share generously with my students.

To see my students comments go to: http://tangledinfibres.blogspot.ie/p/students-reviews.html

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Photo 2: by Mike Prendergast



HERE YOU HAVE SOME IMPORTANT DETAILS ABOUT MY CLASSES AND THE ENROLMENT:

RATHMINES COLLEGE - Fibre Arts & Crafts (Embroidery, Weaving, Felting, Fabric Manipulating, Crocheting)- 6.00-8.00pm on Mondays, 10 weeks starting 26st of September.

Enrolment:
at the college, Monday the 12th, Tuesday the 13th, Monday the 19th, Tuesday the 20th (I will be there on the 12th, 13th and 20th), enrolment times: 6.00 – 8.00pm. Class commence – 26th of September.

Brochure and further information:
http://www.rathminescollege.ie/…/Rathmines%20Adult%20Educat…



MALAHIDE COMMUNITY SCHOOL – Fibre Arts & Crafts (Felting, Crocheting, Embroidery, Weaving, Fabric Manipulating) – 7.30-9.30pm on Thursdays, 10 weeks starting 29th of September.

Enrolment:
you can sign up online here:
http://malahidecsadulted.ie/fibre-arts-and-crafts/
OR
at the School: on Monday the 19th of September between 8.00 – 9.00pm; I will be there then to help you and answer your questions.

Brochure:
https://drive.google.com/…/0B0FhHXGsMtcgSEFaV09IUVU2RU…/view



SÉAMUS ENNIS ARTS CENTRE, NAUL - Fibre Arts & Crafts (Weaving, Felting, Embroidery, Fabric Manipulating, Crocheting) – 11am – 1pm on Thursdays, 10 weeks starting 6th of October.

IMPORTANT!!! There will be a free presentation of Fibre Arts & Crafts on 29th of September, starting 11am: you can meet me at the Centre and try some weaving, embroidery, needle felting and crochet, see my art pieces, have a chat. If you like it, you can sign up for a full 10 week course then.

Enrolment:
- a link to online enrolmet:
http://www.tseac.ie/events/e/2059

OR
- you can sign up by calling (0)1 802 0898.

OR
-you can contact me directly via email: uiscestitch@gmail.com

More information and my class description:
http://www.tseac.ie/events/e/2059

 
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PLACES ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED – IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE.

Monday, 13 June 2016

"The Monk" - an embroidered piece inspired by 13th century illumination

My embroidered piece "The Monk" has gone to its new home...

Pic.1: "The Monk" - the entire piece, photo by Mike Prendergast

The work is done on dupioni silk fabric, in metallic (mostly silver), silk and cotton threads with glass beads attached. It measures 28cm x 28cm.





I used only medieval stitches to work out the piece: couching, split, stem and satin.


Pic.2: A detail, photo by Mike Prendergast.


Pic.3: A detail, photo by Mike Prendergast.


Pic.4: A detail, photo by Mike Prendergast.





The inspiration for the piece was an illumination from a copy of ‘Li livres dou santé”(Sloane manuscript 2435, f. 44 v., Brirtish Library) dated to the end of 13th century.

Pic.5:  from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminated_manuscript



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I am frequently asked, how long it takes to create an embroidered miniature. The piece like "The Monk" takes in between 100 - 150 hours of embroidery only. So... as you can imagine I am quite attached to them and I find it a bit difficult to separate with them...









Tuesday, 17 May 2016

My miniature tapestries

I have discovered that my teaching Fibre Arts & Crafts classes brings me a very special benefit: a wonderful inspiration coming from working with talented, enthusiastic and... inquisitive people.


Last autumn I decided to go back to weaving. I had a serious break of four years in doing anything in this craft. But then...in one month I created three small tapestries.



"Złote Zatopione" (which translates: "Sunk golden...") is my favourite. I used several kinds of linen thread and twine in contrast with gold embroidery thread. The piece is done mostly in plain weave and 'pick and pick' method.
Pic. 1: "Złote Zatopione"

Pic. 2: "Złote zatoopione" - detail






"Srebrne zawieszone" ("Silver suspended"): the background combines plain weave, 'pick and pick' and elements of soumak done in various linen threads and twines, cotton thread, with touch of silver thread. Rectangular and square forms are done on small separate warps attached to the background, in plain weave only, each of them - in one kind of thread (linen, cotton or silver).

Pic. 3: "Srebrne zawieszone"

Pic. 4: "Srebrne zawieszone" - detail




"Pasma i smugi" ("Bands and streaks") is woven as one piece, with wool, soy and silk fibres, silk, linen and gold threads. I used here several methods: plain weave, twill, soumak and 'pick and pick'.

Pic. 5: "Pasma i smugi"

Pic. 6: "Pasma i smugi" - detail


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Two of those miniature tapestries: "Złote zatopione" and "Srebrne zawieszone", were accepted to be part of the 1st annual exhibition of miniature tapestries 20x20 in Poland (Przegląd Tkaniny Unikatowej 20x20). The exhibition was shown in Warsaw and Gdansk between January and April this year.

Pic. 7: The poster announcing the openings of the exhibition in Warsaw and Gdansk.



Pic. 8: Me - with my two miniatures at the opening in Gdansk.



My miniature tapestries are a result of skills I had learned at Folk University in Turno (sadly this school was closed down a long time ago), years of experience of embroidering with metallic threads and ... working with my students on their, not only woven, projects.

...and... I developed a new taste in combining very contrasting materials: rough unbleached linen and shiny metallic threads.


Where will it go???





Thursday, 7 January 2016

"Salmon of Knowledge"

I would like to tell you about my embroidered piece, which I have worked on over the last spring.
The work is inspired by the Irish legend of the Salmon of Knowledge, a creature of sacred wisdom.
The piece measures 40 cm x 34 cm (H x W).

Photo by Mike Prendergast.



The background is made of four fabrics of different colour and quality, sewn together and incorporated into a shiny linen-polyester fabric frame for correspondence with the lustre of the Fish. 

The Salmon is embroidered with silver and platinum thread in a combination of stitches: satin, couching, asymmetric laid work.

Photo by Mike Prendergast

The Salmon emerges from tumbles of Water; this Element is symbolised by two blue colours of background fabric, spiral design of water waves done in couching stitch, in metallic thread corresponding with the Fish – as a creature belonging to the water world.
Above the Salmon is a hazel bush in couching stitch in two colours interlaced together. For reference to Irish legend a Celtic asymmetric design is used, which carries the leaves done in Urushi thread and incorporated glass beads for hazelnuts.

Photo by Mike Prendergast.

The warm-gray coloured linen fabric gives a contrast with glitter of the embroidery.
The framing: custom made frame, which I sanded and covered with silver gilding wax to give a corresponding finish to the piece.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

To my Students: THANK YOU VERY MUCH! And I hope to see you again soon!

My Dear Students, thank you very much for great comments about my classes.
From my part... You are the most wonderful inspiration. Meeting you and working with you is something what brightens every week. And made me coming out of my lonely hiding in tangled fibres... with the greatest benefit of meeting fantastic people, who speak the same language of fibre art!

I am looking forward to working further with those who decided already or will decide to return.

Have a wonderful Christmas, filled with love, warmth and... the best New Year with plenty of new inspirations and creativity!
See you soon!

Uisce

Students' comments* :

Uisce is an incredible teacher, patient, knowledgeable & inspiring. The atmosphere in the class was welcoming and encouraging, and with Uisce's support & help, I've learned the basics of several new crafts I know I'll enjoy for a lifetime.
Nem Kearns

Very much enjoyed versatility of crafts. Also concentration on particular subject. Look forward to continuing on selected craft. Many thanks.
Hilary

This was a lovely course that gives you a great intro to new crafts you would otherwise never have done or tried. I have a new love of felting + weaving now I never had before!
Niamh C

Uisce is a fantastic patient teacher who is giving with her time + expertise. The course provides an opportunity to try lots of crafts & to extend your abilities.
Katie Hayes

A wonderful class. I learnt so much. It was the most relaxing, friendly class.
Maria Fitzgerald


Great class to discover different craft in a really friendly atmosphere and a really nice and patient teacher. I loved it and would like to do it again if I can. And wish I can keep in touch with you :-)
Emy Peyret


Really enjoyed classes, lovely atmosphere & excellent tutoring - gave a great introduction to new yarn crafts I hadn't tried before... Thanks Uisce.
Anne Marie Walsh

I enjoyed the course. We learned a lot about different crafts. It was a good introduction into weaving, crochet and embroidery. Now I would like to learn more.
M O'C

Brilliant introduction to several crafts. Lots of personal attention. Great atmosphere. Very inspiring.
Wendy Bartlett

Very enjoyable class, great teacher with excellent knowledge and patience. Would highly recommend.
Mandy Berkeley

Thanks so much Uisce. Thoroughly enjoyed the course + learned so much. Really appreciated the present of the thread - I have no excuse now I'll have to get stitching.
Mella Cusack

This was a really lovely class. Enjoyed it enormously. Uisce is a great teacher, very interested in everything we were all doing.
 JM

Great variety of crafts and very pleasant atmosphere at every class.
U.L.

I really enjoyed my time in this class. I learned loads. I was hesitant to enroll but now I'm really glad I did.
AK

A thoroughly enjoyable class - the time flew and I just wish the term was longer. Uisce was fantastic, so encouraging & so enthusiastic.
SOC



*The comments are quoted, not edited in any way: I kept all symbols and abbreviations as they were written by my Students' hands.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Those little fabric yo-yos (Part 1)...


Pic.1: www.ebay.com/itm/100-2-inch-Fabric-Yo-Yo-in-Shades-of-Civil-War-Museum-reproduction-fabrics-/281858097454







A yo-yo, called also a Suffolk puff, is a small simple project in manipulating fabric. It is extremely easy to make: it can be created out of fabric leftovers, doesn't require more tools than scissors, a sewing needle and a thread.
Yo-yos come out great made of medium Muslin or cotton, but if you are tempted to try more difficult materials, like silk, velvet... go for it!
Any thread which doesn't snap easily will do.


How to make a yo-yo? It only takes minutes...
Pic.2, from: Colette Wolff,
The Art of  Manipulating Fabric, p.23



Cut a circle out of fabric. It has to be twice as large as the intended form
a) turning the edge of circle inside, tack with even stitches. Remember: large stitches make small center opening; small stitches make it larger,
b) gather tightly and flatten.






What can we do with yo-yos? 

1. VARIOUS ACCESSORIES

Shawls, scarves...


Pic.3: www.flickr.com/photos/the_sampler/3926841838/in/photostream/

Pic.4: makezine.com/2009/09/13/craft_flickr_pool_weekly_round_58/?CMP=OTC-5JF307375954


Pic.5: www.etsy.com/listing/124475421


Bags, purses, key fobs...



Pic.6: takakowatari.jp/gallery/index_4.html
Pic.7: zakkalife.com




Pic.8: harujiondesign.blogspot.ie





Necklaces, bracelets, brooches...


Pic.9: www.etsy.com/listing/104523793/adria-special-sale-price-teal-yellow?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share

Pic.10: www.etsy.com/shop/SoSamShop?ref=si_shop


Pic.11: www.etsy.com/listing/62864493

Pic.12: alwaysexpectmoore.com/2011/07/yo-yo-bangle-bracelet.html

Pic.13: www.etsy.com/listing/90896841

Pic.14: www.etsy.com/listing/112976623

Pic.15: marielesbasbleus.blogs.marieclaireidees.com/archives/category/bijoux/index-5.html



Hair stuff...


Pic.16: www.etsy.com/listing/69159753/waiting-to-bloom-n1

Pic.17: www.etsy.com/listing/154363196/minnie-mouse-yoyo-hair-clips

Pic.18: www.etsy.com/listing/99468568

Pic.19: www.livemaster.ru/topic/649415-tekstilnye-ukrasheniya-ot-nadi-darfi



Something for Bride and Groom!



Pic.20: www.pinterest.com/pin/568438784196643851

Pic.21: www.etsy.com/listing/79724084/yoyo-boutonniere-made-to-order



2. UNUSUAL CLOTHING AND THEIR EMBELLISHMENT...



Pic.22: www.popsugar.com/fashion/Chanel-Spring-2010-Haute-Couture-7177050#photo-7177050

Pic.23: mantua-maker.blogspot.ie/2012/04/coat-of-many-circles.html

Pic.24: www.pinterest.com/pin/568438784196644058/

Pic.25: www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/suffolk-puff-collars

Pic.26: www.pinterest.com/pin/568438784196643753



Pic.27: fuxique.wordpress.com/2008/08/28/a-historia-do-fuxico

As you can see there is plenty of possibilities for using the form of yo-yo...

In my next post: yo-yos in home decor and seasonal ornaments!