Fibre Arts Workshops


Ailie Snow (Auckland)

Surface Tension - workshop full

This workshop is based on sharing my approach to my own work, where I use cloth, stitch, and collage to create mood and narrative.

There will be demonstrations designed to give an insight into some of my favourite techniques, and the way I use them to achieve the desired effect.  We will play with some unorthodox ways to use your materials, including rip, melt, and burn, stain, mark, and print, layer, conceal, and reveal.

The inclusion of distressed and manipulated fabric, paint and paper, and odd found materials, allows you to create many different qualities and textures in a surface to work on.

The final layer is created with thread and stitch, which further transforms the surface.

You can put these skills into practice, making a series of small samples to experience how they can work to support your own personal themes and interests.  With these examples, you can create a simply constructed study book for your future reference.

About Ailie Snow

I have been working with textiles for more than thirty years now, regularly exhibiting and teaching around New Zealand, and more recently in Australia, Britain and the United States.

My work is held in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, America, and Japan, and has gained a number of national awards.In my stitched work, I combine a wide range of cloth, also paper, print, and found objects, to convey an idea or feeling.  Another passion is hand made books and journals.  

My books and textiles share a natural affinity, in material and concept, tactile experience, and use of visual language.

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