Thursday, 30 September 2010

Special Workshop Offer

Workshop Wednesdays: 13th October, 17th November and 15th December
SPECIAL OFFER £135 that's 10% OFF!
Drawing for textiles; double dying; designing; printing on cloth; dip dying; fabric painting; discharge; stitch; devore; acid dying.
Good clear teaching - approachable tutor who anticipated what is complex/confusing.  Nice friendly atmosphere.
The studio is really well laid out, very friendly atmosphere.
Thoroughly informative.
Excellent studio - much more spacious than I would have expected.  Well equipped

Creative workshops to help you explore and expand. Offering new skills and techniques with 1:1 mentoring to enhance your creative development.

All workshops run from 10am - 3 pm and include initial materials, tea/coffee and cake [often home made!]. Radiant Works, Back Union St., Huddersfield HD1 6AL
Secure your place for the 'Wednesdays' in the Autumn term by sending a cheque or paying via Paypal. Click the 'add to cart' button for a secure transaction

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Developing a new statement...

It's so tough putting together the words to support your creative work. I've been struggling with it for days - in desperation I tried to talk to my husband about it and get his opinion on my initial script ideas.  He's not from an Arts background and whilst he's supportive, he isn't really interested....he just looked at me with a 'I haven't got a clue what you're mumbling about' - Cheers love!
So I resort to cyber space for help...that's you!  What do you think - I'll take the good, the bad and the ugly.

'If I said black you'd say white...' [My Dad]
I'm still coming to terms with the fact that we all have differing points of view. Goodness don't you all see things my way? 
Using a mostly monochrome palette I investigate the world from unique and unusual angles.  Photographing and drawing lost corners; finding intriguing compositions by viewing them form a different perspective.
'That sordid of all havens, the corner deserves to be examined' [Gaston Bachelard]

Order gets disrupted and angles are skewed as I play with texture, techniques and processes to create a collection of abstract mixed media wall pieces.
Dionne sees the broken patterns and distorted rhythms created by edges that aren’t quite straight and angles that don’t quite match; waiting frames reared up against a wall; a half open set of drawers. It is these discrepancies in order which inspire the stitching, cutting, and layering onto and into the printed felt that adds further depths and gives the finished work its warmth and physicality.
Dionne Swift brings to her work the energy and excitement of one who delights in the discovery of new approaches and techniques. In this new collection there is no doubt that the same delight will be shared by her audience.  [Jo Groner, print maker and Lee Corner, Mentor]
I studied for my degree in Textiles at Goldsmiths College and my Masters was awarded by UCE. Work exhibits extensively throughout the UK: I was a featured Artist at the popular Knitting and Stitching shows 2009, my latest exhibition NEW GROUNDS was reviewed for Embroidery Magazine by June Hill in 2010.
Supported by a collection of teaching qualifications I have lectured at Higher Education level for over 20 years and continue to offer a selection of creative workshops from my Yorkshire based studio.

Does it say enough about my work so as to appeal to a wide audience?  I hope it's open enough to allow me to freely create under it's banner...I just don't know, text has never been a strong point, so all your thoughts are so much appreciated....I'm sure I've not 'finished' it correctly ...I'm sure you'll let me know.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Saltaire Arts Trail

I've just delivered a collection of Fabric Ground Series pieces to 75 Albert Road, Saltaire [A browsers of unframed works too]. It's part of the well established Saltaire Arts Trail which runs of the next 2 weekends - the private viewing is this Friday evening.  I presented an artists talk at the festival last year. 
Residents of this wonderful village transform their homes to accomodate an abundance of artworks & visitors have the opportunity to view art in domenstic environments rather than possibly slightly sterile gallery scenarios.
I'm  going to be at 75 Albert Rd. on Friday evening & for most of Saturday - so come, take a look and immerse yourself...

Sunday, 5 September 2010

New Creative Workshops

I've consulted my diary and found a little gap next April [while the lovely Ellis is on Netball tour] to plan a wondrous weekend of devore. I know devore inside out and upside down - I can tell you it's much more than just a bit a balding velvet!
So if you want your devore turned the wrong way round come join my workshop: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April 2011.
If your traveling a distance - the studio is a quick walk from the station, I can suggest a range of accommodation and additional attractions to enhance your visit.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

HOST: Open studio trail

Each year we open the doors of our studio and invite visitors to come and see how we work; chat about why we work and possibly sell a few precious pieces too!
Sat/Sun 18th/19th and 25th/26th September 11am - 5pm
Radiant Works, Back Union St., Huddersfield HD1 6AL
Contact me for a FREE brochure!
This year, as well as the resident artist of the studio we have invited guest artists to make a exciting collection of viewing for your delight & entertainment!!
  • CarolAnn Allan Showcasing Textile Artist, recently receiving a wonderful First Class Honours Degree!
  • Kerry Mosley Showcasing Textile Artist, you may have seen Kerry's delicately knitted portraits at K&S last year.
  • Alison Taylor Showcasing Textile Artist, Ali graduated from Textile Crafts at the University of Huddersfield, now teaches textiles in a local school & has been involved in my workshops for a number of years.
  • Fiona Wilson Resident Textile Artist & this years Embroiderers Guild Scholar
  • Julie Ann Seaman Resident Jewellery Designer.  Julie runs wonderful jewellery evening classes from the studio - come along to find out more.
  • and of course myself, Dionne Swift Resident Textile Artist. I'm planning to use the occasion to have a studio sale, so there will be plenty of bargains to be found.
Here's a map to help you locate the studio, there's usually plenty of free street parking right outside and my mobile number is on my website if you need more assistance.

Artists Access to Art Colleges

This is a great scheme: a fantastic way to get involved with students at higher education level; to access all that specialist equipment stock piled in universities and to give yourself the opportunity to 'set to' on a new project.  Take a look AA2A some of the closing dates are on the horizon so don't delay!!!  Good luck.
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