Sunday…with Workshop Photos

August 30, 2015

Filed Under : Autumn - My Home - Summer - The Shed - workshops

image Yesterday I held my Summer workshop, only I hadn’t quite anticipated that the end of August was going to feel so much like the gateway to this year’s Autumn…

I like to go with the feel of the seasons, so I chose some autumnal flowers as well as having the ones which were already growing in the garden…image image As well as the table, I wanted to test some new surfaces people could try as I had planned this workshop to have a textural theme and use a sense of wabi sabi within our compositions.
image image I love the aesthetics of wabi sabi and the asymmetry and asperity contained within it as well as the impermanence and imperfection it incorporates ( I have a wabi sabi pinterest board here ) and wanted to try and include this sense in the workshop…image imageWe used lots of different herbs, spices and tea in the morning; playing with the unpredictable mess and colour they provide…I randomly handed them out and then demonstrated working with textures within composition…
image cous cous…image mustard powder…image peanuts…image pistachio nuts…image image …and a pear and rose hips from my mum’s gardenimage It was brilliant seeing everyone pushing their boundaries; just letting the ‘ingredients’ do their thing without too much interference…

( these are from compositions by Sinead @sineadylemonady )imageimage image ( these are from compositions by Seona @village_alchemist )image image In the afternoon we worked with more substantial plants and tried to combine the free elements from the morning…image ( from Sinead’s afternoon composition )image ( below, from Sara-Jayne’s @keepupwiththejonesfamily afternoon composition )image image ( below, from Sara-Jayne’s morning composition )imageSusan @subeepix brought along some beautiful seaweed ( and all the gourds and squashes ) and incorporated them into her images ( below )image image image I wanted everyone to feel like they could use my home for their palette and find colours and textures from all over the place…

( below are from compositions by Seonna @village_alchemist )image image I wanted everyone to feel as free with the mess as possible; part of the luxury being that they don’t have to clear up and they just have to focus on doing and creating…image ( another bit of luxuriating!! )imageAnna @annandthering said she loved pink ( the images below are from her compositions ), but decided to push herself into a yellow domain…image imageimage imagealthough I encouraged her to punctuate with pink…as well as self-raing flour, which was an amazing contrast with her work in the morning…
image There’s also a strange enjoyment which comes with sweeping everything away…it’s all gone in a moment…which brings me back to the wabi sabi impermanence…image At the end of the workshop I shared some images of my Granny’s flower arrangements from the 1960’s ( there’s more to follow on that over the coming weeks )…basically it seems she was an original Instagrammer! She would have SO loved the app…although I’m not 100% sure she’d have approved of my own messy methods!imageDetails for other workshops this year are here and the Steller Story is here

 

 

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