Drawing with Stitch workshop for 11-16 year olds at the DCA

lg_11-16s-Drawing-with-Stitch I'm running a 4 week block of Drawing with Stitch for 11-16 year olds  at the DCA.  Where we will create cool tote bags.  The course runs from the 25th April from 6pm - 8pm for 4 consecutive weeks.  I've designed this to learn some basic hand sewing skills and also to encourage participants own creativity creating unique outcomes.    Looking forward to meeting all the budding new designers and seeing their creative results.  Block needs to be booked directly through the DCA box office and more info here. Being a textiles and surface pattern designer I'm always using lots of ways of markmaking and stitch adds a lovely quality of line.  I love decorating surfaces in images, patterns and words. Here's some some of my stitch samples below     LK DCA 3 Here are some of the young peoples creations, they worked so hard over the 4 evenings learning new stitches and creating a tote bag ladybirdbag owl in progress owl bag

Laser Louise at the DCA

I've spent the weekend at the DCA print studio, learning how to use the laser cutter with tutor Jenny Smith.  It was an excellent course and I loved all the endless possibilities it can offer.

Louise Kirby - laser cutting, kiss cutting, generating lines

Laser cutter in action

Screen shot

            There was a lot to take in, but Jenny was great at explaining it step-by-step; and there is a maximum of 4 participants so you get lots of one-to-one advice as well as seeing other artists at work and helping each other out.  Jenny showed samples of her artist books and other samples.  I tried out paper and wood and other people tried perspex and canvas.  Jenny Smith is based in Edinburgh and is offering a laser cutting service or classes via her site The Edinburgh Laser Cutting Studio; or classes are available at the DCA in Dundee.

Engraving on the laser cutter from my photo

Laser cut test on card

Kiss cut test piece