Louise Martin

TAPESTRY ARTIST

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Workshops

I have been teaching tapestry for twenty years, providing workshops for both individuals and groups such as The Embroiderers, Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, Turning Point Scotland, Primary and Secondary Schools and Art Centres.

Workshops are available for complete beginners as well as for those with more experience. Examples of workshops available are: Forming Shapes, Coptic Techniques. Eccentric Weaving, Weaving a Design, Supplementary Warps and Mille Fleur. 

Woven Tapestry Day (Everything Provided)

May 13th at 10:00 to 17:00
Taster or Refresher. Come with no experience or bring work you want help getting back to. Looms will be ready-warped, and be shown how to weave simple shapes, mix colours and control your tension. 
Contact www.highamhall.com for further details.

Woven Tapestry: Camouflage

13th - 15th May 2019
Start time: 18.30pm Finish time: 12.30pm
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Woven Tapestry: Outlining

15th - 17th May 2019
Start time: 18.30pm Finish time: 12.30pm
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Isle of Man: Journey in Weave with Louise Martin and Ros Bryant

Monday 24th - Friday 28th June 2019

Capturing a place with the eye of a weaver.

Steam trains, buses, cars, horse drawn and electric trams will transport you to glens and open fells, cliffs and bays, historic monuments and castles, carved stones and pebble beaches. These modes of transport are integral to our five day workshop which features projects to see and respond to each environment. From our base in Laxey we will work as we go and where we land, on seafront, castle ramparts, cafes, tram stops and shelters, discovering the Island and building a diary in weave of the week’s exploration.

Tutors
Born in the north of the Island, Louise moved away to study. Her tapestry degree was based on Manx folklore and superstitions. Her MA featured giant woven monolith installations of island life, both historic and mythological. Louise has a love of technique with an openness to play and experiment.
Ros has explored the island with particular interest in stone, and carved stones, Manx language and dialect.

The workshop fee is £350 which includes daily transportation costs and some equipment and materials.

The course is suitable for new or experienced weavers with a sense of adventure.

Travel
Flights to the Isle of Man operate from airports all over the British Isles to the Isle of Man. 
Ferry services operate from four ports to Douglas - Heysham, Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin.

For further information or to book a place please contact Louise Martin.

Weave and Stone with Louise Martin and Ros Bryant

Sunday 8th - Saturday 14th September 2019
Woodwick House, Evie, Orkney

An exciting collaboration between a stone carver and a tapestry weaver. This unique workshop draws on both of these skills, exploring weave in stone and stone in weave.

Weave may be softly draping or rigid, dense or open, lustrous, hairy or matt. Myriad combinations of colour, textures and constructed marks are within it’s language.

Stone in Orkney bears the marks of its origin in shallow seas - blue grey to ochre flagstones bearing ripple marks, mud cracking, rain pitting, dissolved gypsum and salt crystals, laminated bedding, warm red and yellow boulders formed from blown sand. Found weathered on beaches it tells a further story - the holdfast of limpets, bored by worms, fractured into angular forms.

We will spend an initial three days in guided experimentation, responding in weave to stone qualities. Maybe binding stone, weighting warps with stone, making texture and colour, translating marks - weaving alongside and directly onto stone - progressing to making marks on stone - scoring, chiselling, polishing, drilling in a two way dialogue between the elements. 

You may choose then to work further in either medium or to design and make work which combines both.

Suitable for people with experience of stone working or weaving, but neither is necessary, only a willingness to play, technical support, yarn and looms, stone and tools will all be on hand.

Single room: £690
Twin room: £615 each

Price includes 5 days tuition, basic materials and equipment, 5 lunches and 6 nights bed, breakfast, and evening meals.
Tuition Monday to Friday 9.30am - 5pm.

For further information or to book a place please contact Louise Martin.

Stone and Water: Tapestry Weaving in Turkey with Louise Martin and Jane Brunning

Monday 23rd – 30th September 2019

Single room: £805
Twin/double room: £720 each
Karma Suite: double/twin room plus sitting room £830 per person

The setting offers lots of inspiration. This years stimulating programme will focus on stone and water.

Drawing exercises will be interspersed with technical demonstrations and long periods to weave in the spacious studio. With two experienced tutors there is time for lots of individual attention.

This will be the fourth group we have taken to the stunning area of Dalyan, Turkey. This fertile region, next to the sea and surrounded by hills, has been a wonderful backdrop for workshops. Situated in the countryside, 20 minutes walk from the centre of Dalyan, Villa Cabrese (Spectrum) is a peaceful place where you can sit by the pool or meander through the garden and relax in a hammock or tree house. Spaces to work are plentiful and the vegetarian meals cooked by Turkish ladies are delicious.

These costs include transfers from Dalaman airport for people flying on the Gatwick and Manchester flights which Jane will notify you about. Other transfers please contact Jane.

All breakfasts, 5 evening meals, tips, tuition and two half day excursions are included in the price.

The trip excludes flights, visa (approximately £12), insurance and personal spending money.

For further information or to book a place please contact Louise Martin.

Woven Tapestry: Landscape

6th - 8th October 2019

Start time: 18.30pm Finish time: 12.30pm
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Woven Tapestry: Nature

8th - 10th October 2019

Start time: 18.30pm Finish time: 12.30pm
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