NEARLY WILD® WEAVING – Taking tapestry weaving into the outdoors
June 13th – 15th and September 12th – 14th 2018
At Underhill Farm on the Shropshire/Wales border
Come and spend three relaxing days based at Irene’s studio on a quiet smallholding on the Wales/Shropshire border, exploring nature and the countryside through the art of tapestry weaving. Take the time to look around you ‘with a weaverly eye’ – what shapes can you see in the landscape or the microcosm of a single leaf? What colours are there in a fungus growing on the side of a decaying log? What textures strike you when you look across the fields and trees to Llanymynech Rocks? Choose the subject that draws your attention and work with Irene to turn your ‘glimpse of nature’ into a woven tapestry.
The emphasis will be on weaving the world around us, making the most of the experience by being out in the natural world and weaving straight from the ‘real thing’. We will spend as much time as possible outdoors, absorbing ourselves in the sights, sounds, smells and atmosphere of the countryside; but, being practical, if the weather isn’t good, we have warm and dry spaces to retreat to indoors if necessary.
The Nearly Wild Weaving Experience will be suitable for beginners and more experienced tapestry weavers. If tapestry weaving is completely new to you, Irene will show you the basics so that you can create your first woven tapestry; if you have experience, this is an opportunity to take your tapestry weaving practice out of the studio and try out a different approach. Regardless of your experience, this will be an opportunity to share creative time with like-minded people.
Underhill Farm has fantastic countryside and heritage on the doorstep, with the Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve bordering the smallholding, and the Llanmynech Heritage Area and the Montgomery Canal just a short walk away. Between them, these offer endless possibilities for weaving, including the vaulted brickwork of the Hoffman limekiln, the angular rocks of the former quarry faces, not to mention views across the Shropshire Plain and into the Welsh hills.
We will use portable weaving frames (available to borrow for the duration of the workshop) or you can weave using your own ‘found’ frame or base e.g. a forked tree branch, a chunk of local limestone. Irene will provide a selection of suitable yarns including wool from our own flock of Jacobs’ sheep, but if you wish, do bring your own yarns as well. Please bring your own portable stool, chair or sitting mat. This will make the outdoor weaving experience much more comfortable! Irene will provide tea, coffee and a simple picnic lunch (with vegetarian options). The workshop days will run from 10am – 5pm each day, with a break for lunch.
£15o. Includes: loan of weaving frame; use of a variety of yarns; simple refreshments and picnic lunch each day.
Underhill Farm, Underhill Lane, Pant, Shropshire, SY10 9RB.
If you need somewhere to stay, our converted bull barn offers a unique twin room (with woodburner if needed), which is available on a self-catering basis, with use of our well equipped kitchen, and separate toilet and shower. There is also plenty of space for camping. See http://www.underhillfarm.org for more information. Alternatively, there are various hotel and B&B options nearby.
….. In June, Irene will be opening her studio to the public on 16th and 17th, and 9th and 10th, as part of the Open Studios event held every year by the Borderland Visual Arts group (http://www.borderlandvisualarts.com ). Why not extend your trip and take some time to visit other local artists, or the group exhibition at the Willow Gallery in Oswestry? (http://www.willowgalleryoswestry.org/borderland-visual-arts-2018/)
….. In September, Irene will be taking part in the national Heritage Open Days initiative on 15th and 16th September, giving members of the public a chance to have a go at the heritage craft of tapestry weaving. The Oswestry area is always a vibrant hub for Heritage Open Days; you could take a canal boat trip from Llanymynech Wharf, or head into town for a tour of the former railway works or a walk round Old Oswestry Hillfort.
For more information and to make a booking
Contact Irene Evison Phone: 07977 591510 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org