Tuesday, 7 February 2012

West Dean and Julie Arkell

I am just back from a couple of days at West Dean College where I did a short course with Julie Arkell.
The title of the course was "Creatures and stories in papier-mache, knitting and stitch". Below are some of Julies pieces.
I enjoyed the papier-mache part the best as I am not keen on hand sewing and my knitting skills are limited. You can see below I made a bird, tree, animal, people, puppet and a house (not in photo)  I got a little carried away.
Ellie made this lovely robot with a vacuum cleaner

Diane made these donkeys and pram
 Helen made this house and animal with floral ears.
Angela made this happy family.

I made lots of dolls but only managed to finish this one in the class. 
I did knit her a nice warm hat after I took the photo
I also made a puppet called "Maude" inspired by the song 
The other dolls I made are making their way home by post so I'll put them up when when I finish them.
Julie is a wonderful tutor, and the class was a real escape from reality, pure child's play for a couple of days. The others in the class were so talented, friendly, helpful and very good company. 
Julie Arkell
 If you want to read other blogs about the course check these out

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