After several weeks of workshops and printing for fairs it was lovely to be on the receiving end of tuition last Saturday. I had a really pleasant day on Emily Sutton’s workshop at YSP, firstly mono-printing leaves onto calico and then carefully stuffing and embroidering an Emily Sutton Song Thrush in it’s nest. The setting for the workshop was absolutely beautiful being in the Hayloft Studio which is away from the main part of YSP in the parkland amongst the trees. It was a sunny Autumn day and it brought back fond memories being there, as I studied for my MA in Arts Education in this very setting almost ten years ago.

I have been a big fan of Emily Sutton’s work for several years and I was really excited to be on her workshop. Emily comes across as chatty, confident and sincere and it was really interesting to meet her. I felt a little shy when I asked her if she would sign her book ‘Clara Button’ which belongs to my daughter (who is also a big fan) but she was delighted to do it and has written a message complete with a hat drawing in the most beautiful handwriting ever. I have yet to go and see the exhibition but as soon as I get the chance I will be there!

Here are some photos of the Song Thrush in progress.

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I think the bird in it’s nest will look beautiful as a table decoration at Christmas. I still have some leaves to cut out and embroider which will be a fun thing to do in front of the fire on these cold winter evenings.

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