Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 1
In February I started an online craft course called Exploring Texture and Pattern with Sue Stone.
I saw Sue’s work at the Festival of Quilts last year and it was the first time I really appreciated textile art as art. If you want to see some of her work check out – http://womanwithafish.com/. Sue studied under probably one of the most famous textile artists – Constance Howard and her work is definitely worth looking at, I found the following blog post from Fishink which gives you an overview of her life and work – https://fishinkblog.com/2015/06/01/constance-howard-inspirational-embroidery/
I thought I’d write a series of blog posts about my experience on the course including examples of some of the exercises and the stuff I learnt so I captured my thoughts and a few pictures after I completed each module in a blog post. But as I work full time it took me a little longer to complete the course (which is the beauty of online study where you get to go at your own pace) so I kept them as draft post so I could publish them all together in a series. So over the next few weeks I’ll share my thoughts, share what I did and some key learnings.
In terms of a bit of a review of the course – I started out a little mixed, it was quite expensive for online learning that doesn’t conclude with a formal certification and whilst the hook is definitely Sue herself as a famous textile artist most of the course consists of videos narrated by her son. There is also quite a bit of repetition in the videos which does help make it stick but at times is irritating, especially if you have limited spare time. You could cover all of the content with a few good embroidery books for a 10th of the cost but that said for me it was great.
I’m not particularly structured when it comes to my free time so I do tend to jump from one project straight into something completely different or have multiple things on the go at once and this certainly helped me focus my attention. Also when I learn from books I tend to race through from one page to the next without really stopping and thinking too much about what I’ve learnt so the slower pace whilst irritating actually probably helped me reflect a lot more and the fact that you are set creative tasks really helped me cement my learning and also play around with the skills.
So overall I would recommend it. I was also quite surprised that I really benefited from being a member of the private Facebook group. The course encouraged us to publish our work and comment on the work of others. It was great for inspiration to see how others interpreted the challenges but also really good for your confidence when others commented or critiqued your work.