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SUE FERRARI, AUSTRALIA: Experimental Hand stitching

Sue Ferrari is an award winning artist from South West Victoria, whose work examines inherited textile traditions, translating contemporary content through traditional methods. Sue holds a Diploma of Studio Textiles and Design and an Advanced Diploma of Fine Art. Regularly showing in group and solo exhibitions and undertaking work on collaborative installations, her work is held in private collections both here and overseas. Sue currently teaches at the Centre for Creative Arts at South West Tafe in Warrnambool across many areas of the Visual Arts program and takes specialised workshops on a regular basis.

Experimental Hand stitching

Explore the possibilities of hand stitching as a contemporary art form.

Taking an experimental approach this hand stitching workshop will focus on different sources of inspiration for contemporary hand stitched textiles, working with combinations of both traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques.

Beginning with a presentation of contemporary textile works we will discover a variety of approaches to hand stitching. Various techniques and materials begin to suggest themselves the more broadly we think. 

Experimenting with a variety of simple techniques participants will discover the vast possibilities of mark making as a design tool whilst learning how to interpret these into compelling contemporary hand stitched works, while exploring a variety of non-traditional grounds on which to stitch.  Expanding on hand stitching methods and materials opening up many new and exciting possibilities participants will produce a range of stitch samples before being guided on a personal project reflecting your own creative expression.

Activities are designed to encourage participants to be experimental in their approach, developing the confidence to take risks with their ideas and nurture their own artistic voice with a strong focus on personal expression and creativity while responding to participants’ own sampling and interests. 

This workshop offers possibilities for all levels of creative practice with opportunities for individual exploration, alongside supportive mentoring and shared inspiration.

 Be inspired on a journey of discovery.