Thursday 26 July 2018

Liz Cooksey at Creative Thread Workshops

Examples - Liz Cooksey

The most recent workshop I attended was taken by Liz Cooksey as part of the Creative Thread Workshops programme organised by Linda Robinson in Garstang, Lancashire.  Liz is a textile artist producing mixed media framed and 3D pieces inspired by the natural environment.  Working with wire, crochet, paper, textiles and stitch, Liz creates beautiful natural forms.

Examples of Liz Cooksey's work

Liz Cooksey

Liz Cooksey - 3D Flowers & Leaves

Liz Cooksey - Detail with Hare

Liz Cooksey - detail

To start, we were given a pack of wire forms and could choose fabric, paper and threads from Liz's stash...

Starting point

Fabrics & threads to choose from

Liz had lots of examples of her work and the elements that they were made from for us to look at.  Her instructions were clear and we were soon busy making our own elements.

Examples - Liz Cooksey

Examples - Liz Cooksey

Examples - Liz Cooksey

We spent the morning and some of the afternoon making these elements.  Here's what I came up with...

My elements

It was then time to select the elements we wanted to use in our final piece.  Linda provided some excellent cake for us to munch while deciding and Liz gave us various options for putting them together.  Here's mine...

My Finished Piece

It was great to see everyone's pieces at the end of the day.  They all turned out to be wonderful...

Workshop participants work

Workshop participants work

Thanks to Liz for a great workshop and Linda for the fab cake!

Wyre Aqueduct & Lancaster Canal

Garstang is a pretty little place with some pleasant walks along the River Wyre and the Lancaster Canal.  Being a bit of a bridge fanatic I wandered along to have a look at the aqueduct.  Altogether it was a lovely day!

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