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WS17.2: Nancy Conboy - Reuse and Create

This workshop is designed to provide the opportunity to make samples of a variety of techniques using materials readily available around the house, old clothes or local opportunity shop. The techniques learnt can then be used in your future works.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 1 and 2 April 2017

Registration is open until: Friday, 24 March 2017

Location: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, Epping

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200

Material Fees: $15 for the use of notes, paints, glues and other materials and incidentals.

This is a two-day fun packed workshop with no pressure! We will explore a variety of ways to experiment with different techniques and materials to translate texture methods into mixed media works. The workshop will enable participants to collect a body of samples to refer to when undertaking future work. Most of the supplies needed are readily available in the home or are easily and cheaply sourced.

Nancy is a textile artist living on the south coast of NSW who explores hand and machine stitching to create texture in her fibre and textile mixed media work in the many different mediums she uses. She often incorporates papers, teabags, embroidery and more in her work. Nancy has been featured in Down Under Textiles magazine Issue 21, 2015. She has been a member of ATASDA for many years and is an active member of the ATASDA South Group. She enjoys being able to discuss textiles with members who share her passion and regularly exhibits her textile works.

Workshop Code: WS17.2


WS17.3: Kelcie Bryant-Duguid - Bespoke Skirt

Have you ever wanted to make your own clothes and learn how to use a basic skirt block to get a personalised fit? Then this is the workshop for you! Kelcie will provide you with the instruction, tips, tools and techniques you will need to create a bespoke A-line or pencil skirt.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 29/30 April, 2017

Registration is open until: Friday, 21 April 2017

LocationEpping Creative Centre, Dence Park, Epping

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200

  • 1.5-2m x 115cm wide plain weave cotton fabric (eg calico or homespun) for each toile. (amount depends upon the size and length of the garment to be made).
  • 1x 18cm zipper for each skirt,
  • matching sewing thread,
  • carbon paper,
  • basic sewing kit and working sewing machine with a zipper foot and buttonhole foot.
  • 2 sheets of cardboard per skirt (coloured cardboard from the newsagency is suitable)
  • Pencil case, paper scissors and a notebook/ sketchbook to record pattern making.
In this workshop participants will be able to achieve a personalised fit for a pencil and/or A-line skirt. Toiles will be provided for fitting, participants will then copy block patterns for their size and make adjustments for a personalised fit where required. They will then sew their chosen skirt. If time permits, they will have the opportunity to sew a second skirt style to their body measurements for a bespoke fit. Basic sewing skills are a requirement of this course.

The tutor will demonstrate and teach participants how to transfer pattern markings, make darts, insert a lapped zipper, attach a waistband, and/or make and attach waistband facings, stitch a skirt vent (pencil skirt), position and sew buttons/holes and/or skirt bar closure. Tutor will also explain and demonstrate how to pattern-make and insert a lining for a couture finish or lining for transparent fabrics.

Basic pattern-making will be introduced for participants to illustrate how they can use their basic block to create a variety of other skirt styles – eg. Skirt with yoke, pleated yoke, gathered yoke option, front split, removal of a dart to introduce a seam, introduction of panels with gores or box pleats, how to lengthen and shorten, relocation of zip, alternate zip options, centred zip, zip in side seam, invisible zipper, etc.

Notes will be provided as a reference for participants for the construction of the skirt and each of the techniques used. One-eighth blocks will be provided for participants and used to demonstrate basic pattern/style alterations.

Participants can choose to make each skirt from calico or homespun cotton as a toile that they can mark on and use as a reference for future skirt designs, or they can make their skirt from fabric they have dyed or printed or purchased and complete to wear. All participants will leave with a set of both pattern blocks for each style to fit them. Personalised fit and adjustments will be provided by the tutor for each participant.

Kelcie holds a Bachelor of Education (Home Economics) and has specialised in teaching textiles and dressmaking to hundreds of students. In her day job, she teaches Textiles, Design Technology, Food Technology, Visual Arts and Hospitality. She also holds an Associate Diploma in Apparel Pattern Production and has made wedding dresses and a range of other textile specialty garments including tutus and tailored garments. Her garment making experience is varied and vast. She is also a practicing textile and visual artist.

To see more of her teaching experience, go to her linked in profile here
To view her artmaking practice, go to her website or instagram 

Workshop Code: WS17.3


WS17.4: Ian Lancaster - Leather Saddlebag, Shoulder bag or Handbag

Love the smell and feel of leather? Enjoy the process of working with leather to create a functional artisan saddlebag; that can be personalised as either a shoulder bag or handbag.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 27/28 May, 2017

Registration is open until: Friday, 13 February, 2017

LocationEpping Creative Centre, Dence Park, Epping

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200
Material fee will be between $30-$50. Leather blanks (patterns) will be precut and provided in a traditional mid-brown tan colour and provided as a kit to participants to construct the saddlebag. 

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn and follow all the steps involved in the construction of a classic leather saddlebag design. Participants will be completing such techniques as assembling, gluing, moulding, hand stitching, burnishing and cutting. The classic saddlebag design is attractive and functional and through this workshop participants will learn many skills as well as produce a beautiful handcrafted quality leather bag.

Ian Lancaster is a Master Saddler living in the rural town of Binda, south of Goulburn. He has 40 years of experience and is highly skilled and knowledgeable in his field. When he started his indentured apprenticeship at age 15 he learnt the skills of the full trade.

He is the President of the Saddlers’ and Harness Makers’ Association of Australia and specialises in handmade, made to measure and made to order leather products including saddles (side-saddles, children’s, racing, show, turnout, fender, western, fender and dressage), bridles, harness, headstalls, strapping, boot making among other traditional leather applications including handcrafted items such as wallets, bags, journal and diary covers, plaited headbands, custom made belts and more. In the 1980’s and 1990’s he taught his craft at TAFE and now teaches at leather groups, guilds and others interested in learning about working with leather. You may even have seen some of his work displayed at the Royal Easter Show.

Workshop Code
: WS17.4


WS17.5: Jan Clark -  Colour My Textile World

Explore creative printmaking and surface design techniques such as monoprinting, painting with acrylics, foiling, incorporating pencils, crayons and pastels to add colour and line to cloth. This workshop will allow participants to build a palette of textiles they can be then use in their artmaking practice.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 1/2 July, 2017

Registration is open until: Friday, 23 June, 2017

Location: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, Epping

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200


Material Fees: $15 for the use of paints, other media, screens and tools.

In this two-day workshop we will journey through various mark making techniques to build a palette of textiles, finishing with methods of assembling these elements into a creative piece. There will be a lot of play with many surface techniques such as my own method of no-rules printing, monoprinting, painting with acrylics, foiling, pencils, crayons and pastels.

This workshop offers exciting possibilities with colour on cloth using inexpensive and basic mediums, and gives participants the skills to continue creating for themselves.
Jan lives in rural NSW. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration. In her earlier career she specialised in screen printing and worked for Ken Done as head of the screen printing department. Her experience and knowledge are extensive and varied. Her work has been exhibited throughout Australia in numerous galleries and she is published in leading textile publications. She is part of the creative team at Go Create! New England, where she teaches and holds textile retreats from the picturesque studio in Kentucky (near Armidale). 

Want to see more? Go to Jan's website 
or Go Create New England 

Workshop Code: WS17.5


WS17.6: Gabriella Hegyes - Printing from Land

This printmaking workshop uses natural and made materials. Explore the natural and made environment using alternative printmaking methods onto fabric and paper. Date: Saturday & Sunday 26/27 August 2017

Registration is open until
: Friday, 18 August 2017 

Location: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, Epping

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200 

Requirements: TBC

In this two-day workshop participants will create collagraphs of found objects and wet clay plates embossed with found natural and made materials. Collographs are collages formed on boards to make a plate. We will print from these collages and embossing onto fabric with fabric dyes and onto paper with acrylic paints and soils. The clay plates will be cast in plaster at the end to combine prints and cast reliefs to create finished artworks. In this workshop we will aim to create a workbook for future reference to combine and complement printed images with relief works referencing the natural environment.

Gabriella Hegyes migrated from Hungary and developed her art practice in Australia. Her formal training is in sculpture, photography and printmaking, she later moved to installation-based work where her skills could be employed. Gabriella’s work is inspired by memory, place and identity. She has curated several exhibitions and developed and coordinated a number of community public art projects. She has 25 years of teaching experience including fine art and design at tertiary level as well as workshops for various communities, regional galleries, schools and organisations. She exhibits regularly and her work is represented in public and private collections both in Australia and overseas.

Want to see more? Google search ‘gabriella hegyes textiles’.

Workshop Code: WS17.6


WS17.7: Kay Murray -  Bowerbird Fabric Journal

A bookbinding workshop with a difference! In this workshop participants will be making a fabric book based on a traditional book structure such as bound, concertina or dos-e-doe incorporating found and made collected textile materials.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 23/24 September, 2016

Registration is open until: Friday, 15 September, 2016

Location: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, Epping

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200

Material Fees $10
Do participants need a sewing machine? Ideally yes, but they could make a simple smaller book by hand. The construction of the book is by hand, as with a paper book. 

Are you a bit of a bowerbird? Do you have a lot of little bits and pieces you have collected - scrap fabrics, laces, papers, various trims, mementos and ephemera? This is the class for you! What a wonderful opportunity to incorporate all the bits and pieces collected or made over the years from workshops, classes and experiments to create a fabric book. In this workshop participants will make a fabric book starting with a cover and pages on which they can stitch by hand or machine to embellish and decorate. Use your hand-dyed, printed, stitched and sourced textiles to create a personalised cloth book. Include your favourite braids, ribbons, buttons and trims and complete with embroidery and stitched detail.

Experience level - confident beginner with basic skills hand and machine to intermediate or experienced

Kay Murray has been sewing and creating longer than she cares to admit. Never happier than when she is making something. Kay utilises most of the traditional crafts in her work. Growing up on a merino sheep farm in southern NSW has had a big influence on her preference for using wool and other natural fibres. Kay also prefers to use reclaimed items in her textile artwork as she finds the used and old has its own story to impart to a work. In her working life, Kay is a secondary school Technology teacher, specialising in Textiles & Design and Food Technology. At her leisure, she enjoys all types of hand and machine embroidery, patchwork and long arm quilting, fabric dyeing/printing and freeform knitting. 

Want to see more? Do a Google search for ‘Kay Murray textile’ to see many more images of her work.

Workshop Code:  WS17.7


WS17.8: Lucy Worsley - Contemporary Stitch and Collage – Stitched Storytelling

This two-day workshop will teach the skills to enable participants to design, construct and complete a one off piece of contemporary stitched collaged artwork. Working from their own imagery and source materials, they will creatively discover a personal theme through exploring placement/composition approaches, layering methods, colour and material matching and fabric manipulation techniques.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 28/29 October, 2017

Registration is open until: Friday, 20 October, 2017

Location: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Oark, Epping

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200

Requirements: TBC

This two-day workshop encourages participants to learn an assortment of textile collage and surface processes through in-depth experimentation, sampling and completion of a final artwork, series of artworks or portfolio samples. Participants will also be encouraged to create a series of samples and experimentation pieces to evidence the different techniques learnt. 

In this workshop participants will be taught how to use a sewing machine to draw with, embellish and construct their own visual artwork. This workshop is unrestricted, freethinking and open to personal interpretations whilst working with a range of contemporary collage materials and processes.

A basic knowledge of a sewing machine is required and a willingness to explore, play and experiment with collage and stitch. Some of the processes demonstrated will include: 

• Free embroidery (illustrative) 

• Layering techniques 

• Embellishment techniques 

• Repeat stitch and block stitching 

• Pattern, placements and colour matching 

• Design processes using fibre and textiles 

Lucy Worsley is a Melbourne based Artist and Designer. She is moved by stories, memories, objects and artifacts and her mixed media based pieces, which contain fragments of hand-sourced vintage materials that are layered, printed, drawn, stitched and intricately embroidered to create a range of patterns, scenes and surface designs reflect these inspirations. 

To see more of her work go to her website
or instagram or facebook.
Workshop Code:  WS17.8

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