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Welcome to DesignMatters TV
Think of DesignMatters TV as your personal online design school! Presented by artists and experienced tutors, Linda and Laura Kemshall, DMTV is a vast library of video workshops covering subjects as wide ranging as altered books and watercolour painting to surface design, art quilting and sketchbooks.
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Quilting with Grids
Grids can provide you with an excellent basis for your quilting. Linda will show you how to quilt grids with a walking foot and shares her tips for success with this method. Next, with that grid in place, you'll see how you can work within it using freehand quilting to add beautiful patterns.
Inspired by Nature
Find inspiration in nature and see how Linda interprets a photographic source as a mixed media study in her sketchbook. She'll show you how to use watercolour, charcoal pencils and oil pastel to create rich surfaces sympathetic to the subject matter. Then working from her sketchbook, Linda interprets the mixed media study into a stitched textile. See how she uses opaque and transparent fabric scraps to build painterly layers adding texture with machine and hand stitching.
Be inspired by nature around you and collect leaves to use for plant printing. Linda will show you how to make beautiful contact prints on paper. Laura will demonstrate how to make simply structured, but endlessly creative concertina books to house your prints. Finally Linda shares her ideas for working back into your plant printed sketchbook to edit, refine and add detail. The result will be a truly unique record of the plant material you've collected and a fabulous sketchbook for inspiration and further development.
Birds are such an inspiration to us, whether it's big black crows in the fields, or the pretty garden birds that visit the feeders outside the studio. In this collection of workshops Linda will show you her methods for painting birds using acrylics on wooden panel and canvas. Suitable for beginners or the more experienced artist, Linda will guide you through, step by step.
Work along with Linda to make your own visual diary to document your observations and collections. Linda's focussing on one of her favourite subjects, moths, but your diary can document anything you like! In Linda's book you'll see a selection techniques used in combination to record what you find. There are three workshops in this collection.
Free Video Workshops
Introduction to: English Paper Piecing
Discover how to sew geometric designs with English paper piecing. Laura guides you through the simple steps for this satisfying method of patchwork that works beautifully for piecing even small shapes with accuracy.
The Thick of It
Learn how to thicken Procion MX dyes with Manutex (sodium alginate) so that you can paint or print with them.
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Make an appliqué hanging perfect for this season. Linda will show you how to turn through a perfect appliqué shape, arrange the design and add quilting.
Keeping Creative in Lockdown
Like most of the planet we're having to work in isolation. Looking for something positive in this situation Linda has been finishing wips! How about you - are you being creative too?
Linda is working into a creative journal during self isolation - how are you keeping sane?
Quick trip to Wightwick Manor
Linda's been to see more of the De Morgan collection in the gallery at Wightwick Manor.
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