Abstract Art in Collage and Stitch

How to Approach Abstract Art in Collage and Stitch with Richard Box

A two day residential retreat in the heart of Sussex

Tutor: Richard Box
Dates: Friday, 31 AugustSunday, 2 September 2018
Venue: Crowne Plaza, Felbridge, East Grinstead

All about your weekend retreat

Your course

Here is an exciting opportunity for you to express your emotions, moods, sentiments and even your innermost feelings in purely abstract terms using the combined techniques of fabric collage with both machine and hand embroidery.

Richard will give several keynote presentations throughout the weekend when he explains the formal elements of the lines, shapes and colours have been used by artists and crafts men and women for such expressions throughout history and from many cultures.

You will begin the weekend by making a variety of pictures in paper collage that express your diverse moods. From these preparatory exercises you will choose one to develop into fabric collage and machine and hand stitching. And you will take home your own unique piece of fabric collage art.

This course is ideal for improvers who are familiar with dropping the feed dogs and using the darning or free motion foot on their machines, and want to take their knowledge of these techniques further.

Your tutor

Richard is an artist and art historian. He has painted in oils and watercolours for many years and is now exploring acrylics.

Concurrently he continues to develop his textile work which involves fabric collage with both machine and hand stitching. In short: he ‘paints’ with fabric and thread. Richard has written seven books on drawing, design and embroidery, and regularly runs workshops and gives lectures on drawing and textiles topics.

Your venue, food and accommodation

You will have single occupancy of a double, en suite room to include accommodation and the usual 3-star hotel services you expect from a Crowne Plaza, all meals and refreshments, 13 hours of tuition and use of workroom and you can relax with free use of the hotel’s Chakra Spa complete with indoor pool, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi along with a well equipped gym.

Your course timings

Your course starts with a welcome supper on Friday evening at 7pm when you meet your tutor and the other students, followed by a short introductory session, and runs through Saturday and Sunday to afternoon refreshments. You can arrive from 3pm on the Friday afternoon and have a swim or relax before your course begins.

Your weekend

  • A full 13 hours tuition from a leading specialist tutor

  • Use of a lively course room

  • En suite double bedroom for single occupancy.

  • Two nights accommodation – no single supplement

  • Full board from Friday welcome dinner to Sunday afternoon refreshments

  • Delicious freshly cooked meals

  • Two days being pampered while you focus on your chosen course topic

  • Free parking and Wi-Fi

  • An inspirational and rewarding break offering a true change from your daily routine.

Course fees

Course fees are £385 fully inclusive (excluding travel).

Students’ Requirements List

A full requirements list will be sent to students in advance of the course start date.

How to book

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Why Our Customers Love Our Courses

Textile artist Annette’s beautiful work contributed to my decision to learn more about patchwork and quilting.   Liza from Anglia Leisure Learning made sure everything ran smoothly – thank you Liza and Annette (Morgan the tutor);  it was a wonderful weekend.

Susan Rhodes

Most useful to learn new techniques, have good company and meet like-minded people; an inspiring stimulating and enjoyable weekend.

Jenny Macleod

I really enjoyed the course and you did and excellent job organising it. The highlight was falling in love with sewing again, after a five year gap. Thank you!

Heather McInroy

I have attended two courses in the last six months. Excellent tutors and excellent venues.  I’ve learnt so many new quilting techniques.  Can’t wait until the next one.

Yvonne Gill

Just home from an amazing residential course with the talented Cas Holmes. Everything was so easy, from booking, the meet and greet, information packs and support whilst away. The hotel was perfect and Liza Jones did a brilliant job keeping everything running smoothly. I am already researching my next course.

Samantha Hope

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