Festival Excitement

Goddess of Harwich

We are at last “underway” if you’ll excuse he pun with our mosaic boat project.
Along with HF18 (Harwich Festival of Arts) we have commissioned an  acclaimed, local artist Anne Shweggman-Fielding to mosaic a boat which will be on display on the green in front of the Old Bank during the festival and will ultimately be a permanent installation in Harwich.
The concept is “Goddess of Harwich” who is the goddess of the waters and arts, she: protects, inspires and encourages creativity in all forms (bit like us) ha ha!!!!!!
If you would like to get involved here is what you can do, we are collecting crockery with lettering, writing, musical notes, or connected to Harwich. It will be broken up and used on the project, If you have anything let me know or you can drop it in to The Bank or the Library.
Anne will be working in our Bank Studio from Wednesday, we are so excited, we will also be arranging some dates where anyone can come and get involved.

Harwich Embroiderers Guild

Just to keep you updated and for those that fancy getting involved:
Next meeting – Tuesday 15th May

Of Course You Can

I have been running a lovely course with some very enthusiastic ladies who have produced some amazing results. I have arranged a special dying day for them with Mary Macintosh, City & Guilds tutor, on May 25th. If anyone wants to join us I have a couple of spaces.
You will: Produce a hand dyed colour wheel, learn how to space dye and ice dye, have an opportunity to experiment on your own fabric, ending up with about 3m of dyed fabric pieces.
All materials included 10am to 3.00pm £45.00 (packed lunch required) Ring, text or email me for this one, its not online 079441339023.

The above course is starting again on 15th June, it’s for 5 weeks on the third Friday of the month. We do all the wet stuff in the morning and machine embroidery in the afternoon. I supply all the materials so you don’t have to bring anything, the idea being you get to try lots of different things, starting with acrylic inks and backgrounds, we also explore areal perspective and colour. Then lots of free motion machine embroidery, techniques, needles, threads etc. I have been overwhelmed by the success of this course and the work that has been achieved.
Just 2 places remaining

Bev Caleno
Textile Art and Machine EmbroideryStarts Friday 15th Junemore details

Fraser Scarfe

We were delighted to see the lovely Fraser on the BBC painting challenge and had a great day with him on his interactive acrylic workshop, he really is the nicest fellow and we are booking him for another weekend – sea, waves and dramatic sky’s, sorry next year!!!!!!

Me and Fraser

Something New

I’ve been working on these little purses, I’ll be adding them to the workshop programme, they are easily achievable in a day and suit all abilities. I can also run them as a private day minimum of 6 and adding them to our hen party options.

What’s coming up

As usual we have plenty of events through May and June; the following still have some availability:
Two textile workshops tutored by me and ideal for beginners and for those with some experience – both with ONLY 2 PLACES REMAINING.

Bev Caleno 
Applique LampshadeSunday 27th May
£55 including homemade lunch
and ALL MATERIALSmore details

Bev Caleno 
Applique CushionSunday 3rd June
£55 including homemade lunch
and ALL MATERIALSmore details

Wet in Wet Watercolour Flowers 

All Levels of Experience WelcomeSaturday 12th Maymore details

Also Only 2 Places Remaining
Melanie Blaikie 

Beginners Silver Clay Rings Workshop
make 3 solid silver rings in a day
Monday 14th Maymore details
Something out in the garden.
Willow Weaving Garden Obelisks Sunday 17th Junemore details

A good mix of Art coming up

Whether you like to work inside or out side, you are a beginner or more experienced, prefer water based or oils or like to add a bit of mixed media there’s a good chance that one of the following events may be of interest to you.

New to Old Bank Studios
Ailsa Lyn 
Beginners Collage Landscape
Discover what can be achieved with scraps of paper, cutting and your rejected watercolours
Saturday 26th May
more details
Susan Boddy 
Acrylic Ink and Mixed Media Flowers
more details
Roger Dellar ROI
Plein Air Weekend – Harwich Scenes
Take your painting outside and spend 2 days with this hugely talented and inspirational artist. Royal Institute of Oil Painters and President of the Wapping Group
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June
more details
Stop Press
We are presently assembling our contributors for this year’s Summer Exhibition and have just received confirmation that acclaimed Essex artist James Dodds will be exhibiting some of his superb lino cut prints with us.
And on that bombshell I will sign off.
Bev x

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