Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts

Talks, Events & Workshops

We provide a host of talks, events & workshops to accompany our gallery exhibitions. Click through the arrows to view What’s on.

Workshop

Creating marks and shapes

through drawing and print Wednesday 1 June 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.00pm and 3.00pm FREE pop in at any time or come and spend the whole session with us

Artist Stories Series with Tara Dean

Suitable for all ages

All children must be accompanied by an adult

Workshop

Printing on found surfaces

Friday 3 & Saturday 4 June 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.00pm and 3.00pm FREE pop in at any time or come and spend the whole session with us

Artist Stories Series with Tara Dean

Suitable for all ages

All children must be accompanied by an adult

Talk

Evening talk by Pauline Burbidge

Thursday 23 June 6.30pm – 7.30pm £5.00 Please book in advance to avoid disappointment

An illustrated presentation, charting the developments of Pauline Burbidge’s new work – Quiltscapes (studio quilts for the wall) and Quiltline quilts (functional and usable quilts), produced for her current exhibition.

Pauline will talk you through the inspiration and share the technical processes behind these new works with plenty of time for questions afterwards.

Workshop

Artist Quiltmaker:

Pauline Burbidge 3 day workshop Friday 24, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 June £235 includes light lunch Limited spaces available

Limited spaces, booking is essential. To make a booking (full payment required) Please call (01824) 704 774. Please Note: Booking for the Pauline Burbidge workshop will be open from 12 noon on Monday the 11 January 2016 via phone only. Any bookings prior to this date will not be counted.

Drawing and Basic Printing on Cloth – A selection of design & printing techniques will be offered, in order to open up new avenues for participants to explore with their own personal imagery.

The class will begin with some simple drawing exercises, which can be developed onto cloth through drawing, stitch and simple printing processes.

The techniques of Mono Printing, drawing with resist fluid and Cyanotype (an early photographic printing method, using the suns rays to expose an image) will all be part of the class.

Many sample pieces will be made throughout the class, as a way of exploring and experimenting.

It is hoped that all these methods can be used for developing personal individual projects. Time will be given on the last day for personal mentoring, to talk through aims of future work.

 

Accommodation:
There is a wide range of accommodation available in
Ruthin, please visit the site below for more information
www.ruthin.com/stay.html

Within walking distance to the Craft
Centre here are few suggestions:

Manorhaus Hotel
www.manorhausruthin.com

Sarum House
www.sarumhouseruthin.com

The Wynnstay B&B
www.wynnstay-ruthin.co.uk

Talk

Gallery walk and talk

Saturday 16 July 11.00am FREE please call to book a place
Workshop

Textile workshop with Jennifer Collier

Sunday 17 July 10.30am – 4.30pm Summer Offer: £45 includes light lunch

Paper Patchwork, Pockets and Pleats

A sampler’s workshop with a difference, as all the traditional embroidery techniques will be created using paper. Showing a range of techniques including Cathedral Squares, Covered Bindings, Covered Button Loops and Covered Buttons, Pleating, Patch Working and Pockets, all created from beautiful vintage papers. All materials are provided but do feel free to bring your own special papers to personalise, such as maps, book pages, old letters, vintage documents, old wall paper etc.

Suitable for all levels, with some basic sewing skills.

Workshops

Portfolio

young people’s art school 2016 1 – 23 August Each 2-day block is £15 or attend all 4 blocks (8 workshops) for £50

The summer art school is back for its third year and again we’ve a ‘pick and mix’ of workshops for young people aged 14–18 who have a particular interest in the visual and applied arts and would like to develop their artistic practice further.

Throughout the summer holidays Ruthin Craft Centre will be hosting 8 workshops with 4 different Artists / Makers:

Block 1: Jennifer Collier (3D paper sculptures) Monday 1 & Tuesday 2 August

Block 2: Seán Vicary (animation) Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 August

Block 3: Helaina Sharpley (wire-work) Monday 15 & Tuesday 16 August

Block 4: Susie Vickery (textiles) Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 August

You can pick and choose between the 4 blocks; each 2-day block is £15 or attend all 4 blocks (8 workshops) for £50.

Workshops

Portfolio: Jennifer Collier

3D paper sculptures 1 & 2 August 11.00am – 4.00pm Each 2-day block is £15 or attend all 4 blocks (8 workshops) for £50

Jennifer Collier has led the way in the upcycling revolution in art and craft; a veteran maker of vintage material, investigating the re-used and recycled since 1999. “Giving new life to things that would otherwise go unloved or be thrown away,” is central to her practice. Welcome to her fantastical world, where every exquisite detail is made, folded and manipulated from paper. Once books, maps, envelopes, wallpaper or scrap, the paper is transformed into textural forms.

The workshop
This 2 day 3D paper workshop will show you many different techniques and approaches for working with this versatile (and free!) material. On day one you will learn basic paper construction techniques to make paper shoes (you will have 4 different types to choose from including a Brogue, ‘Alice’, Sandal or Stiletto). Then in the afternoon, you will go onto constructing with cardboard to make paper bird boxes. Day two will be much more experimental, building on the techniques learnt on the first day. You will be shown a range of waxing, trapping and bonding techniques that you will use to develop a range of surfaces. The experimental papers created will be used to make beautiful paper garments, such as ties, dicky bows, dresses, bibs and gloves in the afternoon of day two.

Workshops

Artist Story 1: Seán Vicary

4 – 7 August ALL workshops run from 1.00pm – 4.00pm No need to book, all children must be accompanied by an adult

Seán Vicary is an artist based in West Wales who works with animation, his films have been broadcast in the UK and exhibited worldwide. His practice explores our relationship with the ‘natural’ world, investigating links between the subjective, scientific and social aspects of place and landscape; especially those that are obscure or concealed.

During the 4-days why not come and create your own animated loops to use inside your Zoetrope as we explore a different ‘wheel of life’ theme each day.

Workshops:
Wheel of life: Sea Thursday 4 August
Wheel of life: Land Friday 5 August
Wheel of life: Sky Saturday 6 August
Wheel of life: Dreams Sunday 7 August

ALL workshops run from 1.00pm – 4.00pm
No need to book, all children must be accompanied by an adult

Workshops

Portfolio: Seán Vicary

Animation 8 & 9 August 11.00am – 4.00pm Each 2-day block is £15 or attend all 4 blocks (8 workshops) for £50

Seán Vicary is an artist based in West Wales who works with animation. His films have been broadcast in the UK and exhibited worldwide. Seán’s practice explores our relationship with the ‘natural’ world, investigating links between the subjective, scientific and social aspects of place and landscape; especially those that are obscure or concealed. He often works site-sensitively, collecting found objects and fragments of detritus and manipulating these elements in a virtual space to create animated assemblages. These act as triggers for the viewer, sometimes suggestive of a wider narrative or hidden processes at play behind the visible.

The workshop
Imagined landscapes and hybrid creatures. In this two-day workshop you will explore the natural history of an imagined landscape, documenting the specimens that inhabit it. You’ll begin by thinking about what kind of life could exist in this world: it’s a chance to be as crazy and imaginative as possible! We’ll mind map lots of ideas in your sketchbooks and then we’ll use a range of techniques including drawing, collage and photography to develop them. You’ll end up by designing and creating a ‘hybrid creature’ that could have evolved in this environment. When ready you’ll use animation to bring your creature to life, creating a short looped film sequence.

Workshop

Artist Story 2: Debbie Smyth

Master-class for 11–14 year olds Thursday 11 August 10.30am – 3.30pm £8.00 please call to book a place

Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings; these playful yet sophisticated contemporary artworks are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery, literally lifting the drawn line off the wall and transforming entire rooms into welcoming worlds of thread.

The day will start with a short illustrated presentation about Debbie’s practice.

During the course of the workshop, participants will learn textile drawing skills similar to those used by artist, Debbie Smyth to transform their house drawing in to a mixed media pin and thread art piece that they can take home at the end of the day.

Please note: On the day participants should bring an A3 drawing of their home and a packed lunch as lunch will not be provided.

 

Talks

Artist Story 2: Debbie Smyth

Artist Talks Friday 12, Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August 11.00am no need to book

Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings; these playful yet sophisticated contemporary artworks are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery, literally lifting the drawn line off the wall and transforming entire rooms into welcoming worlds of thread.

Debbie will present a 45min illustrated talk about her work and projects to date, exploring the scope of her practice in depth. This will give a greater insight into this unusual technique to inspire the drop in activities to follow.

Workshop

Artist Story 2: Debbie Smyth

Guerrilla table-top threadiffiti Friday 12, Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August 12.00pm – 4.00pm FREE no need to book, suitable for children aged 5 + and adults can join in too!

Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings; these playful yet sophisticated contemporary artworks are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery, literally lifting the drawn line off the wall and transforming entire rooms into welcoming worlds of thread.

Debbie will be running a drop in studio, from 12.00–4.00pm each day. Participants are welcome to drop in at any time to join Debbie, in making a collaborative tabletop thread drawing that grows, expands and develops over the course of the weekend. Debbie will guide participants through various textile drawing skills, from the pin and thread drawing techniques that she uses in her own work, to embroidery and mixed media work. Participants are welcome to bring inspirational sketches to inspire their approach or just come and play with learning new skills.

Portfolio: Helaina Sharpley

Wirework 15 & 16 August 11.00am – 4.00pm Each 2-day block is £15 or attend all 4 blocks (8 workshops) for £50

Helaina Sharpley is a designer/maker based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, specialising in wall art wirework inspired by her interest in Victorian and Edwardian architecture through to her love of tea and tea drinking. Using old sepia photographs, she creates pen and ink drawings to capture the aspects of their vintage elegancy. She then translates these drawings into small and large-scale wire drawings, crossing the boundaries between drawing and sculptural form. Helaina creates 2D and 3D wirework pieces for galleries, shops and personal commission, in the UK and internationally.

The workshop – initial drawings
During this 2-day workshop you will work from initial drawings and photographs to draw and create a template, which you will then use as a guide to draw in wire using pliers and your hands to manipulate the wire to create your form. By the end of the workshop you will have completed a finished piece for your Portfolio with samples you’ve made along the way. On the day you’ll need to bring your own inspiration material to work from such as photos of buildings, animals, musical instruments, vehicles etc.

Workshops

Artist Story 3: Rachael Howard

Craft Clubs for children aged 5 – 11 Thursday 18 August 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm £5 please call to book a place All children must be accompanied by an adult

Rachael has a fascination with drawing, particularly people, observing their postures, expressions and actions in spontaneous sketches – often humorous studies of human behaviour. These drawings are translated into graphic, textile images – beautifully crafted and exactingly worked motifs. She expresses events through drawing, fabrics and stitch, using image, text and object to tell – often autobiographical – stories of the everyday.

Have fun making your own pair of fabric covered buttons using a variety of techniques including carbon prints, fabric crayons and hand stitching.

Workshop

Artist Story 3: Rachael Howard

Meet the artist at work and have a go! Friday 19, Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August 11.00am – 3.30pm FREE no need to book, Suitable for all ages

Rachael has a fascination with drawing, particularly people, observing their postures, expressions and actions in spontaneous sketches – often humorous studies of human behaviour. These drawings are translated into graphic, textile images – beautifully crafted and exactingly worked motifs. She expresses events through drawing, fabrics and stitch, using image, text and object to tell – often autobiographical – stories of the everyday.

Throughout the residency Rachael will demonstrate the different processes she uses within her work, including how she draws with the sewing machine and screen prints onto fabric. During the three days there will be an opportunity for visitors to have a go at stencil screen printing on to a communal fabric length. Why not come and have a go at simple paper cut stencil screen printing. Rachael will show you how to create paper stencils, mix pigment dyes and print with a squeegee to create your own fabric print.

Workshop

2-day master-class workshop

with Julia Griffiths Jones Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August 10.30am – 4.30pm Summer offer: £65 includes light lunch Please call to book a place as spaces are limited

Drawing with wire

Inspired by Julia Griffiths Jones current exhibition, you will start the workshop by producing a series of drawings looking at original Slovak embroideries and clothing for inspiration. You’ll then interpret these drawings into wire forms using decorative wire techniques used by the tinkers of Northern Slovakia, which will be demonstrated by the artist.

On day two of the workshop you will develop your ideas further and make a line drawing of an empty garment in steel wire which will then house the decorative pieces you have made in day one as a final piece of work.

All materials will be provided. Suitable for all levels –some drawing skills and experience of working with wire would be of an advantage.

Talks Events & Workshops

Portfolio: Susie Vickery

Textiles and collage 22 & 23 August 11.00am – 4.00pm Each 2-day block is £15 or attend all 4 blocks (8 workshops) for £50

Susie Vickery worked for many years as a theatrical costumier. For the last 10 years she has worked with women’s handicraft groups in Nepal, Tibet, China, India, Burma, Turkey and Gaza, providing design and production training. She was the mentor artist for Wellcome Trust funded art projects in the slums of Mumbai and in rural Mexico. Susie teaches 19th Century tailoring as a guest lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. Her work in these areas is the inspiration for her embroidered art, automata and animations.

The workshop
In this workshop you will make a jointed flat character of yourself or a friend on a frame.

On the first day you will make a model of the character using photographs, drawings or images that you bring along. Then you will work out how it will move on the frame and design the background using collage and appliqué.

On the second day you will print the photographs and any other images onto fabric and then make up the character and decorate it. Finally, you will attach the character to its frame and arrange its movement.

Workshops

Artist Story 4: Helaina Sharpley

Craft Clubs for children aged 5 – 11 Thursday 25 August 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm £5 please call to book a place. All children must be accompanied by an adult

Helaina Sharpley is a designer / maker based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, specialising in wall art wirework inspired by her interest in Victorian and Edwardian architecture through to her love of tea and tea drinking.

Using old sepia photographs, she creates pen and ink drawings to capture the aspects of their vintage elegancy. She then translates these drawings into small and large-scale wire drawings, crossing the boundaries between drawing and sculptural form.

Come and Join Helaina and make your own mini beasts using wire, with beads and buttons for details.

Workshop

Artist Story 4: Helaina Sharpley

Family Workshop: Garden flowers Saturday 27 August 1.00pm – 4.00pm No need to book, suitable for children aged 5 + and adults can join in too!

Helaina Sharpley is a designer / maker based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, specialising in wall art wirework inspired by her interest in Victorian and Edwardian architecture through to her love of tea and tea drinking. Using old sepia photographs, she creates pen and ink drawings to capture the aspects of their vintage elegancy. She then translates these drawings into small and large-scale wire drawings, crossing the boundaries between drawing and sculptural form.

Come and help Helaina populate the Ruthin Craft Centre flower beds, as you’ll be making gigantic flowers using wire, beads and tissue paper. Pop in at any time or come and spend the whole afternoon with us.

Event

Artist Story 4: Helaina Sharpley

Meet the artist and make yourself a cup of tea (in wire) Friday 26 & Sunday 28 August 11.00am – 3.30pm FREE no need to book

Helaina Sharpley is a designer / maker based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, specialising in wall art wirework inspired by her interest in Victorian and Edwardian architecture through to her love of tea and tea drinking. Using old sepia photographs, she creates pen and ink drawings to capture the aspects of their vintage elegancy. She then translates these drawings into small and large-scale wire drawings, crossing the boundaries between drawing and sculptural form.

Whilst Helaina is working away in studio 4, pop in and say hello and make your own wire tea cup to ‘take away’, or leave behind to be displayed on the dresser or our afternoon tea table set.

Talk

Let’s Think About Curating…

with textile curator June Hill Saturday 10 September 2.00pm – 3.45pm FREE please call to book a place

Curating used to be considered a rather ‘stuffy’ occupation but in recent years it’s become incredibly fashionable and the focus of debate. In this afternoon session, June Hill shares insights on the subject of curation drawing on her experience as a textile curator over thirty years. Illustrated talk followed by a gallery tour of the ‘wit’ of the stitch.

Booking Information

To book your place please call 01824 704774

Come and learn at Ruthin Craft Centre with wonderful, knowledgeable tutors in a relaxed learning atmosphere.
With lunches available from Café R with courtyard terrace and plenty of free on-site parking – it really is a wonderful environment to meet like-minded people and study. Courses are non-residential however excellent accommodation abounds in Ruthin and nearby. View the Visit Wales website for details. www.visitwales.co.uk

Unless otherwise stated, all talks, events and workshops must be
booked in advance. Fees are required to be paid in full at the time
 of booking. Cancellation of a place by a course member does not
 automatically qualify for a refund. Some courses may be altered
or cancelled if there are insufficient enrolments.