Our Workshops

2018 Workshops Programme


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Email the NSW ATASDA workshops team.

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WS18.1: Ruth Rankin - Photoshop for Textile Artists

Ruth Lock is an experienced Textile Artist and tutor who uses Photoshop in her artist practice. 

Photoshop can be a complex and challenging programme to use. But with inside knowledge, this workshop offers techniques and tips for textile artists to expand their design horizons. In this workshop, participants will learn how to manipulate their own photographs. They will become proficient at using Photoshop tools to: crop, rotate, enhance, resize, layer, duplicate, create patterns and more.


This workshop is perfect for beginners who want to learn how to use Photoshop in their design work as well as for those wishing to refresh or refine their skills. This workshop will be held over 2 separate weekends over two months allowing participants to practice some of the skills and techniques introduced in the first session, so they can consolidate and build on this foundation in the second session.


Date: Sunday 4 February & Sunday 18 March 2018.

Registration is open until: Friday 19 January 2018.

Location: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, EPPING.

Time: 9.3-am - 4.30pm

Fees: ATASDA Members: $150  Non-Members: $200

Requirements: A laptop loaded with an up-to-date version of Photoshop CC and an empty 8 Mb USB.

Learn how to manipulate your own photos; crop, rotate, enhance, resize, layer, duplicate in patterns and more. Participants will need to bring their own laptop with an up-to-date version of Photoshop (CC) loaded on their device, digital photographs with examples of their work and an empty 8Mb USB.


Workshop Code: WS18.1

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WS18.2: Carolyn Sullivan - Ideas Development in Collage

Carolyn Sullivan is an accomplished and award winning textile artist and tutor who lives in Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands of NSW. She is known for her embroidery and quilt making. Her work - often featuring natural dyeing and kantha stitch, is internationally acclaimed. She is inspired by nature and her surroundings.


In this workshop Carolyn will show you her process for developing both existing design themes and for generating new ones through ’play’.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 28 - 29 April 2018.

Registration: NOTE - due to popularity and fairness, a ballot will be held. Registration for the ballot will close Friday 1 February, 2018. Successful applicants will then be notified.

Location: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, EPPING

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Fees: ATASDA Members: $150
Non-Members: $200

Requirements: TBA


In this class Carolyn will show a number of collage techniques, help you make lots of small collages and talk about how collage can be adapted for your ideas and future art work. You will spend time working with art materials – paper, paint, pens, glue, stitch, thread, fabric to explore ideas and develop new designs.




"When I am playing at home I spend as much time working with art materials – paper, paint, pens, glue, stitch, thread, fabric – as I do actually making art quilts. While I don’t do the carefully detailed drawings that some do, I spend a lot of time making repetitive marks and doing collage. While generally I have a specific theme in mind, sometimes an idea will come out of “left field” just because I have been playing".

"In 2014 I did a “postcard collage a day” and have done many more since then. It gets my brain going each morning; I have a bundle of art accumulating that doesn’t take up too much space; and a great store of ideas for future art works".

"In this class I will show a number of collage techniques, help you make lots of small collages and talk about how collage can be adapted for your ideas and future art work".



Carolyn’s work can be seen on her website.

Workshop Code: 18.2

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WS18.3: Helen MacRitchie - Layered Marks in Felt and Stitch

This workshop is suitable for new or experienced felters. Participants will use sample sizes to combine the fun of wet felting with design and hand stitching. If you enjoy felting and feel in need of some inspiration with design then this is the workshop for you.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, 26 - 27 May, 2018.

Registration is open until: Friday 11 May, 2018.

Location: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, EPPING

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Fees: ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200

Requirements: TBC

Helen will help you explore shape, scale, mark making, colour layering, transparency within various felting and nuno felting stages.


Helen is a textile artist recently moved back to the UK after 13 years in Australia. She continues to work in Australia, however, actively teaching and exhibiting with Untethered fibre artists. She has a diploma in Embroidery and Stitched Textiles with City and Guilds, London and has been working particularly in felt for 8 years.


To see more of her work go to her website or Facebook.


Workshop Code: WS18.3

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WS18.4: Christine Wheeler - Beads for Impact: Basics and Bling

This is a techniques based workshop, which will focus first on some materials and techniques to make working with beads much easier and then move to exciting variations and the use of other material.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 9 - 10 June, 2018

Registration is open until: Friday 25 May, 2018

Location: Embroiderer's Guild, 76 Queen St, CONCORD WEST

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Fees: ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200

Requirements: TBC


Day 1 - participants will master basic stitches, then move on to adding height and texture, and combining beads, experimenting with some simple but dramatic combinations and motifs. We will try some fringing and netting. We’ll also discuss how to take these techniques further and to mix in other materials.


Day 2 - many will be able to start on a small project of their own. At the end of the workshop, new beaders will be able to apply beads with confidence, while those who have already tried bead embroidery should come away with lots of new ideas.


Christine Wheeler lives and teaches in WA and has studied with Dior’s bead embroiderers in Paris. She is interested in achieving density and texture and making use of fabric, ribbon, novelty beads and found objects.


Workshop Code: 18.4

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WS18.5: Member Weekend Retreat

After the enormous success and wonderful feedback from the 2017 Member Weekend Retreat, we have decided to make this a regular feature of the Workshop Programme.

Date: Saturday 30 June & Sunday 1 July 2018

Location: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, EPPING

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Other Details: Information to come.


Material Fees: A nominal fee will be charged each day to cover room hire and incidentals. This is a member only event.

Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of structured make-and-take sessions over the 2 days. Stitch, basketry, bookbinding, printmaking, machine and hand stitching, dyeing, felting will be possible techniques and activities on offer.

We are still in the planning stages and are open to suggestions and expressions of interest from ATASDA members who may not have a skill, technique or item the group could be demonstrated or taught. Short informal sessions, half-day sessions and whole day workshops can be offered. If you would like to get involved please enquire with the workshops committee. If there is something you would like to learn – we are also interested in hearing from you.



Workshop Code: WS18.5


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WS18.6: Effie Mitrofanis - Create a Cloth and 2 Cords

In this workshop, Effie will demonstrate a wealth of unique techniques for creating textures for three-dimensional effects on silk cloth with stitch and cord work.


Date: Saturday & Sunday 11 - 12 August 2018

Registration is open until: Friday 27 July 2018

Location: Embroiderer's Guild, 76 Queen St, CONCORD WEST

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Fees: ATASDA Members: $150

Non-Members: $200











Participants will use a variety of stitches; straight, spiral, bullion, for example, and experiment with the length and tension to produce undulations. 

Continuous needle-made cords will be demonstrated and will be used to create rhythm and movement and open patterns on top of the collage. Wrapped and beaded cords, overhand knots, loops or a beaded pendant tassel will also be demonstrated.

Effie is an experienced and published embroiderer, researcher and tutor of creative and traditional embroidery. Her embroidery knowledge and experience are unsurpassed.


Workshop Code: 18.6

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WS18.7: Tanya Da Silva - Micro Knots and Beads

In this workshop, Tanya will demonstrate four different knots and ways they can be used with beads and stones. Each practice sample can be made into individual bracelets.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 29-30 September, 2018

Registration is open until: Friday 14 September 2018

Location: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, EPPING

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Fees: ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200

Requirements: TBC

Participants will be taught and be given ample time to practice the larks head, mounting hitch, half hitch, and half hitch (variation 2) knots. There will be demonstration of how to join different components and individual project ideas will be examined.

Tanya is an Australian Textile Artist specialising in wearable art and jewellery design. In her practice she combines knotted textiles with metalwork to form sculptural art jewellery. She was the recipient of the Emerging Artists Craft Award (2014) and the Roka Design Award (2013). 




To see more of Tanya's work go to her website or instagram.

Workshop Code: WS18.7

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WS18.8: Rae Woolnough - Shibori Felting and Textural Dimensions

This workshop explores the Shibori method in felting. The workshop also includes using the ‘Nuno’ felting method.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 13-14 October, 2018.

Registration is open until: Friday 28 September 2018.

Location: Embroiderer's Guild, 76 Queen St, CONCORD WEST

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Fees:
ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200

Requirements: Some experience in felting.



Participants will be taught how to hand-dye silk material to use as a base cloth and will create ‘Nuno’ felted material which is the lamination of fabric and wool to create light draping felted material. Rae will then progress to the more advanced ‘Shibori’ felting method using the natural shrinking properties of felt to create interesting patterns and three-dimensional textural effects.


Rae is an experienced Textile Artist, tutor and exhibitor. Her first love is felt.
To see more of Rae’s work go to her website or Facebook.

Workshop Code: WS18.8



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