I’ve admired Emily Notman’s work for ages, so when I saw she was teaching at the gorgeous Make at Monteray I booked myself a place. Emily uses mixed media and embroidery to build up her beautiful landscapes. It’s a different style to anything I’ve done before, so I was excited (and a bit nervous) to give it a go.
We spent the first part of the morning printing on white cotton fabric with ink, paint and bleach, using household and found objects. I was surprised to find I loved doing this!
Then we made mini landscapes, to practice the techniques. Which are secret – shh!
In the afternoon we assembled our main pieces using our printed fabric, combined with lace and other fabrics. And we began to embroider the landscapes – I’ve got a long way to go with this one.
Those little green chips are sequin trimmings! Joy!
It was a lovely day. Karen provides such a great experience – with delicious biscuits and cake too. I always come away feeling like I’ve had such a relaxing day, as well as learning new techniques.
Make at Monteray is near Exeter in Devon. Workshops always get booked up very quickly and a long time ahead, so if you see something you like, go for it!