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Year 9 High Achievers Drawing with the Sewing Machine

April 1st, 2008

1 Sara Hartley researching images.A group of Year 9 students have been attending advanced sewing machine skills sessions after school every week this term.  They have become adept with various new machine techniques and used them to draw and interpret photographic images into stitch.

Through their studies they have become aware of local international textile artist, Alice Kettle, who lives in Winchester.  Alice has recently completed a vast 16.5 metre wall hanging for the Winchester Discovery Centre, which portrays much about Winchester, both past and present, and is totally created in stitch, as is the work of our Year 9 students.
 
3 Completed machine stitched work of the Seascape.Sara Hartley has stitched a seascape scene similar to the view which can be found on the south coast at Durdle Door. She has successfully collated her images onto a mood board which now awaits her own photographic studies when she visits the area in the summer term.

2 Sophie Attmere working on the Red ArrowsSophie Attmere studied a photograph of a mountain landscape with the Red Arrows creating an atmospheric smoke trail across the sky.

3 Adding fabric layers.Lisa Phillimore selected the rock strata within a mountainous range in Alaska and she added fine layers of organza to her Hessian fabric, stitching through all layers.

1 John Pawley and the ChameleonJohn Pawley viewed the native wild life of Madagascar and selected the chameleon as the inspiration for his creative drawing with machine stitches. This creature has brilliant blue-green pigmentation which makes a colourful starting point for any idea.

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