Whanganui Girls College                21 - 27 April 2019


Ali Ferguson - UK - workshop full - contact us if you want to go on the waiting list

Threads of Thought - Personal Story Pieces

Using old, collected materials and inspired by handwritten text, you will create a series of thoughtful hand stitched sample pieces that could go on to become finished pieces in themselves or inspire further work.  We’ll start by creating a handmade sketchbook to record our thoughts and ideas as we work.

Your inspiration for the workshop will be pieces of handwriting.  This can be your own, that of a family member or by someone completely unknown – just as long as it ‘speaks’ to you in some way.  These could be letters, postcards or handwritten recipes for example - you may wish to work with one piece or with several.  We’ll spend some time looking at the handwriting and the words themselves and we’ll use our sketchbooks to record our responses.

The pieces of writing will be unharmed as we’ll go on to copy them onto a variety of fabrics and papers using a home inkjet printer.  We’ll combine your prints with old fabric and garment pieces.

Through a process of ripping fabrics apart and piecing them back together, your work will ‘grow’ organically and will be further embellished with hand stitch.  Words and phrases will be highlighted, a story will start to emerge.  Ali encourages a very relaxed approach with minimum planning – simply allowing one thing to lead to the next – allowing thoughts and memories to appear and become part of the stitching.

A list of suggested materials will be provided, and Ali will bring packs of gorgeous goodies from Scotland for purchase.  Ali will also provide a fabulous selection of fabrics printed with handwriting from her own collection of letters and postcards.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities but will especially appeal to those who love working with old, scrappy materials and embrace the beauty of their imperfections.

About Ali Ferguson

Ali Ferguson is an artist, embroiderer and collector of stories.

Her inspiration lies in the every-day: every-day people and their stories, particularly their reflections and memories of ordinary home and working lives.

She works with discarded materials – loving the thought that an old piece of clothing is implanted with stories of the wearer or that a piece of washed and worn table linen holds the secrets of a household.  She layers and patches these ‘past fragments’ together, combining them with digital print and hand stitch – a slow and thoughtful process that leaves a permanent mark of lives all but forgotten or overlooked.


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