The artists at Jubilee Stores are delighted to invite you to our May Showcase Weekend, which will take place on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of May. We’ll be opening our doors to display recent works and to demonstrate and discuss what we are working on currently.
We will also have details of the Summer Schools taking place at Jubilee Stores and at Quay Arts and the mentoring and tuition services we offer to support people in their own artistic development.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of the work we’re creating at the moment to give a glimpse of our making processes.
We look forward to welcoming you into the building!
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of May 10am-4pm.
Jubilee Stores Studios, Town Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EF
Melanie Swan will be leading a weekend workshop for printing and dyeing textiles. Students will be introduced to the exciting colours and textures which can be achieved using procion dyes. Screenprinting and pressure dyeing techniques will be used to create a colourful range of samples, ideal for embellishing with stitch, or for using in sewing projects such as patchwork, applique, etc
The workshop is on 29th and 30th July, 10am – 4pm, as part of Quay Arts Summer School 2017. For information and booking go to http://www.quayarts.org
Foraging for plant materials growing alongside the River Medina has led to some interesting experiments over the past 18 months. Sketching, printing, dyeing with berries and leaves, have marked the seasons in happy and restorative work. It has grown alongside my return to working with gesso, natural pigments and metal leaf and, an exciting discovery, drawing with silverpoint (for which I’m most grateful to Evie Hatch, who introduced me to this delicate and intimate medium.)
Samples for working with natural dyes, gesso and silverpoint
The Jubilee Stores will be open to the public on Saturday morning, 9:30-11am, for Melanie Swan’s demonstration of Natural Dyeing, and all day on Monday 18th July. Howard Hardiman will also be demonstrating work for the Observational Drawing and Comic Book workshops during his Open Studio at the Jubilee Stores (15-18th July). Both events are in support of the artists’ workshops in Quay Arts Summer School programme.
Melanie Swan will be working on her current textile and print projects in a pop-up Studio in the Meeting Room at Quarr Abbey, from 22nd-25th July. Fellow artists and painters Martin Swan RSMA and Sarah Talbot will share the studio space, working and demonstrating their painting for the Open Studios event.
Melanie Swan has been busy working towards the Quay Arts Summer School ‘Natural Dyeing’ workshop. Her pots of marigolds and dahlias in the Jubilee Stores have already yielded dyes, producing a lovely range of colours. The workshop is on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd August, booking through Quay Arts Box Office
Melanie Swan has a solo retrospective exhibition at Brading Roman Villa, which includes a range of her work from the past 15 years. The exhibition includes constructed and printed textiles in addition to new screenprints. For this exhibition, Melanie made a series of bowls based upon ancient techniques which prefigure the use of kilns to fire pottery. After constructing the basic forms, she drew on her gilding experience, mixing gesso with a traditional glue to coat them. Melanie painted the bowls with naturally coloured clays (bole) which she burnished to a silky sheen, then water gilded fine details, before waxing the surface. The exhibition closed on Thursday 14th July.
Melanie Swan’s Natural Dyeing workshop on 22nd and 23rd August is part of Quay Art’s Summer School. For further information, and to book a place on this workshop, go to quayarts.org contact the bookings office at 01983 8222490
Dyeing with plants is an exciting way to bring colour to textiles. In this workshop, students will learn how to select and prepare plant materials. They will be guided through key processes, including preparation of the textile and yarn samples provided. The workshop will explore the wonderful variations in colour which can be achieved from each dyebath and students will produce a range of finished pieces and samples to support future dyeing projects.
‘Shadows’, Melanie Swan’s exhibition in the Dimbola café, has been extended for a further week, until Thursday 30th June. She is showing her new collection of screenprints, based on drawings from her sketchbook diary of a walk along the River Medina in March.