Bespoke Brushes & Handmade Books
This workshop is brought to you in partnership between Nichola Prested of Handmaker's Factory and Thea Bates of Art In An Hour
Making marks is what art is all about, whether it’s with a paint brush, a pencil, charcoal or perhaps even a stick. It is also about creating your own unique mark makers, or Bespoke Brushes.
Bespoke Brushes, as the 17th Century term suggests, are brushes custom made by you, in this workshop, either from recycled materials, treasures from the natural environment or both! There will be ample materials available including driftwood, twigs, seeds, grasses, recycled textiles, strings and fabric remnants to name a few. There will also be a variety of papers, however you may choose to bring your own.
Spend the morning exploring textures, touch, how they grab the paint or the ink. Make one brush, make many. For us Bespoke Brushes can also be works of art in their own right. You may never want to get paint near them! Learn how to under-paint, to layer, to trail, to draw, to over-layer. Find joy in negative space. Find immense satisfaction in patterning. Try big broad brush strokes, and tiny trickley lines using your breathe.
Think ahead to the afternoon workshop where we will turn our works into handmade books using a variety of techniques. Choose from concertina, hand stitched, folded and more! How beautiful those marks can look on paper, or fabric or maybe even on another natural product such as paperbark.
Be inspired by nature, be sustainably responsible, be both at the same time. Share with others the experience of making your own ‘mark maker’ and take home artwork you will love.
Thea Bates of Art in an Hour is a qualified art teacher, visual artist and creative practitioner. She loves to engage people in their own and sometimes suppressed creativity, offering strategies and techniques that leave tentative artists surprised and amazed by what they can do. As well as teaching art in community settings, she loves to work with corporates, local government and small businesses, where they see the benefits to their staff wellbeing, and therefore to their business.
Art in an Hour is essentially a ‘juicy morsel of creative mindfulness’, to which Thea brings her extensive experience both within and outside the creative arts genre, to support participants achieve extraordinary results. One hour can become many hours; art before breakfast, art on the train. Art anywhere, anytime.