The talisman book is built from a series of small folded components made from cloth and paper, enveloped by a soft cloth binding embellished with beads and buttons and small found objects.
It can be made as a substantial object for writing and drawing, or as a small keepsake ornament that may be worn on the body. In this intensive three-day class we shall make and dye both versions.
In making it we spend time sifting the poetics of place through printing and dyeing our cloth and paper with local windfalls, imbuing our work with memory and meaning as well as pattern and colour. We cover the fundamentals of bundle dyeing, explore slow stitch practice. Though we literally work on our laps, the techniques learned may be applied to larger projects when participants return to their own studios.
Using cloth, stitch, paper and locally gathered plant dyes [from weeds and windfalls] along with drawing, writing, mark-making and paper-folding techniques [developed especially for the class] we build two workbooks, one mapping the journey of our time together, the other to take forward on further wanderings.