Rachel Davies & Gwen Dean
Mosaic, Glass, Jewellery, Textiles, Felt Paintings3
About the Artist
Rachel uses slate, stone and glass to create mosaic artwork that is full of texture and visual interest.
Gwen produces textile paintings inspired by Scotland's breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife. The paintings are created using wet-felting and needlefelting techniques.
Workshops and demonstrations in both felting and mosaics will be held throughout the week.
Rachel - I am a mosaic artist. I use natural materials in my work, such as slate and stone, adding in pieces of glass to create contrast and visual interest. I use a range of tools and techniques to transform pieces of slate and stone from large lumps of rock, to small, individual pieces (tesserae). These tesserae are carefully placed by hand into a bed of adhesive to create a unique piece of mosaic art. Over the last year I have also worked on various community projects and regularly run workshops from my studio in Dunblane.
Gwen - I'm an ecologist, a textile artist and a mother to a wonderful (and surprisingly loud!) five-year-old boy. As an ecologist, I am fascinated by our incredible natural world and my felt paintings are inspired by Scotland's beautiful landscapes and wonderful wildlife. The paintings are created by carefully building up layers of coloured wool and fixing them in place using wet-felting and needlefelting techniques. Additional detail is added using free-motion machine embroidery and free-hand embroidery.
We welcome you to visit the studio, where you can view a range of our work and enjoy a cuppa and some home baking at the same time!
We will be running various workshops again this year so come and have a go at making a mosaic, felting or both! No experience is necessary. These sessions were very popular last year. Space is limited so advance booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The following workshops will be available. Cost covers both materials and instruction.
1. Mosaic pendant (1 hour) £10
Make your own unique piece of wearable art. Wide selection of glass, beads and bits of slate to choose from.
2. Slate mosaic workshop (2 hours) £20
Learn how to use slate and glass together to create your own mini artwork.
3. Make a mosaic pot stand (1 hour) £7.50 (ideal for children)
Choose from a range of glass tiles to create a square pot stand. No cutting necessary but tools are available should you wish to cut the tiles.
4. Felted painting workshop (2 hours) £20
Create your own felted painting using both needle felting and wet felting techniques.
5. Felted soap workshop (1 hour) £7.50
Make your own felted soap using a wet felting technique.
To arrange a mosaic workshop contact Rachel on 07475 880664. To arrange a felting workshop contact Gwen on 07758230384.