Painting to Textiles with Alison
- Snacks, Coffee, & Tea
- One Guest
- USD $1410
- Additional guest(s) (max 3)
- USD $840
Meet the Artist
Alison trained as a painter but discovered a passion for textiles through years of teaching art. Her work is collected internationally and appears in many books and periodicals. She was first inspired by textiles at a weaving exhibition in Edinburgh, when she saw an extra surface element added to work that she sometimes describes as the fourth dimension. Since then, she has been combining both textiles and paint in her work.
Sketchbooks play an important role in her practice to gather inspiration from the beauty of the Scottish landscape that surrounds her. Her work is often highly colored and figurative but combines abstract elements from nature. She uses many techniques in her practice, including collage with hand dyed fabrics, where she uses printed paper to build up complex surfaces and then embellishes them further with machine and hand stitch. Machine embroidery is her favorite technique and Alison always feels more confident with a sewing machine. She believes that encouragement is the key to creativity and people learn through experimentation in a relaxed atmosphere.
- Developing an original textile piece based on your drawing or painting inspired by nature.
- Sketching with mixed media indoors and outdoors.
- Developing ideas creatively - literal or abstract.
- Using paper and fabric to resolve an idea.
- Experimenting with print, paint, and stitching by hand or machine.
- All materials and equipment.
- Possible Edinburgh mystery tour or mountain hike with Alison's husband depending on availability.
Explore Edinburgh or The Highlands, Scotland
If you choose to immerse yourself in Alison’s world in the Highlands, you'll be surrounded with an abundance of history and nature, the beauty of North East Scotland’s castles, mountains, forests and lochs. Don’t forget to explore Royal Deeside, a stunningly beautiful area that follows the River Dee into the heart of the Grampian Mountains with many options for hiking and wildlife watching along the way.
This VAWAA is also available in beautiful Glengairn, nestled in the Scottish Highlands. Please ask when you send your booking request.
Shireen B., United States
Alison and her husband were so fun! Every morning I made my way to their house and chatted with them over coffee. We then went up to work in Alison's colorful studio. I absolutely adored Alison's mixed media approach to her art, and was really excited to make something together. As we worked she assessed how much I knew about sewing and we were able to start creating a piece of art. The process w Read more