Nature’s Palette: A Seasonal Journal (Spring)

Deborah Manson

Join artist Deborah Manson for these new seasonally inspired art sessions that focus on growing your connection with nature, slowing down, making and using plant based materials and natural colour, and recording your discoveries.

The spring sessions will be a chance to bring new energy into your creative life, celebrate the end of winter and the return of the sun. Deborah will introduce you to techniques such as, drawing and mark making with botanical inks and handmade charcoal, natural dyeing and printing with spring plants such as daffodil and alexanders and learn about the connections with plants and folklore.

During the sessions you will make a range of visual artworks such as paper and fabric collages, drawings, slow stitch and patchwork pieces, fabric weavings, stitched drawings and appliques using a natural palette and record your journey in a sketchbook.

This course is suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience.

White Room, Phoenix Art Space

Students will need to bring the following materials:

  • A sketchbook , A4 or bigger
  • Drawing pencils
  • A set of brushes
  • Fabric scissors
  • Dress making pins
  • Small pieces of lightly coloured natural fabrics, cotton, linen or wool (most will be provided)

Deborah Manson is an artist and maker based in East Sussex. She is interested in the connections between gardening, growing, making and wellbeing. Her studio is an extension of her garden where she grows and harvests dye plants. Her practice is informed by heritage textile craft process’s such as natural dyeing, patchwork and quilting and has expanded to include activities such as foraging, gardening, growing and processing plants, recording, repairing, sharing and facilitating. Deborah studied Visual Communication at Central at Central St Martins and in 2016 she gained her MA in textiles from Chelsea college of art. She exhibits her work in museums and galleries and runs workshops and courses for people of all ages and abilities.

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