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'Drop in & Stitch' at Mattishall

Mattishall's artist in residence Lisa Little has been holding a series of 'Drop in & Stitch' workshops at the Memorial Hall, with villagers sharing stories about Mattishall over a cup of tea and some sweet treats. Lisa has encouraged participants to jot down memories relating to village life in a note book, from which she has selected prominent stories to embroider onto tea towels. Some have chosen to do their own embroidery or have used fabric pens to put down their designs. 

As well as recalling skills that haven't been used for years, the sessions have allowed participants to engage over a shared topic - Mattishall - and learn much about each other in the process. The sessions continue this week at Mattishall Memorial Hall, drop in between 10:30 - 4pm and leave a lasting memory of the village in Lisa's journal. All events are free and everyone is welcome!

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Mattishall residents with artist Lisa Little

Mattishall residents with artist Lisa Little

Exploring memories through stitch

Exploring memories through stitch

Getting creative with textiles

Getting creative with textiles

Memories of Mattishall 

Memories of Mattishall 

Sarah's Sewing Workshop Produces Spin Off

Necton's latest sewing workshop proved a hit with residents, who have enjoyed these relaxed sewing craft sessions so much that they have decided to continue their Friday morning meet up, after the residency has finished. 

The ladies in attendance have enjoyed sharing both their forgotten and newly learnt skills, under the guidance of specialist print and textile artist Sarah Harley - who holds her final mono print workshop tomorrow (Saturday 7th October, 10am - 12pm). The participants used recycled fabrics and felt to create their first festive decorations of the season, using Sarah's vintage sewing machine. All of the works created over the 4 different workshops will be exhibited at Necton Community Centre on Saturday 28th October (10am -12pm) where Sarah will also be sharing the first glimpse of her new comic, which documents her experiences of Necton and the locals that she has met throughout her residency.  

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The Art of Mono Printing with Sarah Harley in Necton

Autumn may have arrived in Necton but Sarah Harley's Silver Social artist residency continues inside the warm and welcoming Rural Community Centre, with today's offering of a free mono printing workshop for local residents.

Sarah demonstrated the simple process that involved rolling different coloured inks onto perspex plates, before laying over fabric textures with damp paper on top and putting them through a portable press. After removing the fabric a second sheet of paper can be used to create a ghost print, with some fantastic results that are often more interesting than the first set of prints! 

Sarah offered a selection of recycled fabrics, nets and ribbons to be cut up and used to create a range of textures when put through the press. One participant with an interest in architecture cut fabric into small hexagons to recreate the impression of a dry stone wall - it looked superb! The unpredictability of the prints leaves wide scope for experimentation and offers plenty of discussion between both the participants and the artist. 

Transforming ordinary fabrics into a piece of art is a running theme through Sarah's workshops, which continue next Friday 6th October (Sewing) and Saturday 7th October (Mono Printing). These free sessions are open to residents looking to explore something new and you may even feature in Sarah's final comic, which will be exhibited at the Community Centre on 28th October. 

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Mono Printing with Sarah Harley - Ghost Print

Mono Printing with Sarah Harley - Ghost Print