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Reverse Applique Designing with Jan Clark.
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This workshop focuses on the technique of reverse appliqué, or ‘layering down’. We will sew multiple layers of fabrics with free motion machining and cut away the layers to reveal what lies beneath. Traditionally this technique is used with solid colours but in a contemporary context we will use many unexpected and difficult fabrics that are on their best behaviour when sewn this way. As a theme for learning the technique we will use the work of Hundertwasser for inspiration but it is not compulsory.  Reverse extends the possibilities of layered fabrics and I have found it amazingly useful.

Hundertwasser was an eccentric German painter/architect who took the quirky figurative worlds of Klee and Miro forward into the mid twentieth century. He developed a personal symbolism and colour palette that set him outside the formal paths of Modernism but established him as formidable artist.

In this workshop we follow his decorative style of intense colour and flattened perspective and use it to explore the creative technique of reverse appliqué. Hundertwasser’s lively landscapes of lines and wobbly rectangles lend themselves perfectly to the qualities of reverse appliqué. 

We will make some samples and then use these skills to make a small art textile reflecting Hundertwasser’s playful world. 

You will leave the workshop with the skills of reverse applique’ and the ability to develop these for your own work.


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