Gwen Hedley

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Studio Préniac course


Gwen Hedley: 7th – 14th May 2016
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portraitThis course is very much about developing individual approaches to work and is suitable for all levels of experience. All you need is enthusiasm and an open mind!

Working from our inspirational location, or from a theme you may already be pursuing, we will explore all aspects of your design sources, using mixed media and a wide range of interesting art processes. Be prepared into experiment!

Focussing in this way, we travel along an exciting path from designs to stitch.
We will consider issues of scale – from small and precious to big and bold, stitching by hand and/or machine. We look carefully at colour blends and effects – from soft, aged and subtle, to sharp and vibrant – all choices will be yours.

Also considered will be ideas concerning the important issue of mounting and presenting work.

There will be ample time for individual tutorials, and you can expect to go home with plenty of designs and stitched trials ( or perhaps a small resolved piece) and a fat inspirational workbook with fruitful ideas for ongoing work.

This will be Gwen’s fourth visit to Studio Préniac.

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This course is suitable for all levels of experience. It is an exploration of creative and decorative ways of linking, layering and connecting with a variety of different media, using the unusual and the unexpected. Working by hand, you can expect to create several small pieces, and to have ideas for further work. (1day)


Using fabrics, papers and mixed media, we will cut, shift, piece and stitch before further embellishing. The spontaneity adopted will appeal to those who are seeking a more free approach to work. The course will involve mainly machine stitching, but there will be scope for additional hand stitching. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. (1 or 2 days)


This is a thoroughly modern take on the strip worked Kente cloths of Ghana, working with lines, patches and handstitching. You can create fascinating and unique strips, with lines that are raised, ragged, fat, fine, fuzzy, lumpy, bumpy, beaded etc. You can join them to make a cloth, use them as borders and bands, or as special elements in other work. It can be brightly coloured muted, or neutral. It can be chunky, fine, delicate or a mixture of all – the choice is yours. Suitable for all levels of experience. (1 or 2 days – 2 days will include printing on cloth and paper)

The Little Fat Workbook Courses below, require 2 days minimum, and cover a range of art techniques. Each can be extended to make a longer course.


This workshop explores aspects of line in unusual ways. We will build exciting and stimulating little fat workbooks with surprise elements inside and ideas for further development. You can also begin some small stitched trials. The course is suitable for all levels of experience, and a sense of adventure is vital!


This workshop explores pattern in its broadest sense, opening up new ideas for unique designs. Together, using a variety of art techniques, we will build little fat workbooks with creative pages and unusual patterns that will excite and delight, and develop ideas for future work. You can also begin some stitched trials. It is suitable for all levels of experience


Working from observation, we will consider sharp, crisp lines and transparency. Working with acetates and other transparent media, we will create exciting overlays and multi-spaced layers. You can expect to build a little fat book, containing interesting art work, innovative stitched trials and ideas for further work.


This workshop explores soft and diffused line creating a variety of artworks from observation. Using a simple single needle felting process, we will translate artworks into textile trials, ranging from fine to chunky. You will also work with gummy silk fibres, and combine techniques to create further interesting stitched pieces. Your little book will be fat with work and ideas.

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