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Are you ready to combine your love of mixed media and textiles to create contemporary fibre art?

Welcome to Finding Fragments

An online course designed for people who are ready to push the boundaries and bring new ideas to their artwork.

Learn the techniques and processes that UK artist Shelley Rhodes uses to create her popular contemporary fibre art inspired by the smallest of inconsequential things.

Taking inspiration from traditional methods, this experimental course combines Shelley’s love of fragmentation and repair through drawing, mark making, cloth and stitch. She shares ideas, demonstrates techniques, and walks students through her process from start to finish, so you too can enjoy the flexibility that comes from working in small units to creating and displaying completed works of art.

Finding Fragments: Respond Rework Repair is a rich creative resource ideal for students ready to indulge in the interplay of intention and chance. It’s a worldwide community for enrolled students to connect in a private online forum and share explorations directly with Shelley, ask questions, bounce ideas, gaining the skills needed to propel your mixed media artwork forward.

You'll Learn How To....

Respond

Respond to your environment and take inspiration from Japanese Boro and Kantha pushing the boundaries of traditional methods to create contemporary fiber art.

Rework

You will discover a multitude of approaches of combining paper and cloth with mixed media, as you are encouraged to rework and alter surfaces in an experimental way.

Repair

Nothing will go to waste as you build layers, mend, incorporate stitch as a mark, display fragments and collect found objects to build a unique body of work under Shelley’s tutorship.

What's Included?

Renowned artist Shelley Rhodes will guide you through an explorative, creative journey.

Combining and covering topics from Shelley’s popular live workshops and Batsford books; Sketchbooks Explorations and Fragmentation and Repair, you will feel like you are visiting her studio for an intimate workshop.

All course materials, including self-paced beautifully filmed streaming videos, achievable assignments, and comprehensive downloadable resource guides, are at your fingertips within an easy-to-use member portal and yours to access and revisit anytime.

Students are fully supported by the Fibre Arts Take Two team, are invited to join two live Q&A sessions and a private Facebook community where you can share your progress directly with Shelley over an eight week interactive period including two live Q&A’s.

About This Course

Packed with tips and essential learning

Finding Fragments begins by encouraging students to gather information and inspiration before delving into drawing and mark-making, layering, reworking and incorporating found objects.

The second part of the course examines traditional methods of stitching but encourages students to exaggerate and distort stitches and introduce non-traditional techniques and materials.

Students have the chance to explore and experiment by altering surfaces, fragmenting and re-joining to create truly exciting and innovative work. The result is a more fully developed artist who is clear about their way of working and able to produce gallery-quality outcomes.

See below for a full list of modules.

Learn From Shelley Rhodes

UK Mixed Media Artist

Based in the UK, Shelley Rhodes is a well-known mixed media artist who is fascinated with the concept of fragmentation and repair. 

Cloth, drawings and objects are often fragmented before being reconstructed by Shelley in some way. She takes inspiration from her environment by observing, drawing and collecting. She is drawn to the effects of time, the transience of nature, the things that go unnoticed and the ever-changing fragility of the things around her.

As a teacher, Shelley encourages a playful and experimental approach to their work while asking students to push themselves, take a chance and be willing for things to go wrong.

Meet your Tutor

Meet Shelley

“Hi, I’m Shelley! 

I am drawn to the environment, the landscape, particularly the coast, and the things around me. I like to walk, observe, record and gather. I collect discarded objects, fragments and small unimportant things but I am also drawn to museum collections and the way they are presented.  I embrace imperfection and often look for peeling walls, worn surfaces, broken shells, a fragile leaf or rusty corrugated iron.

During this course, we will explore together and find ways to turn small discoveries into unique pieces. 

What inspires you? I can’t wait to see what fires you up and gets you excited to make new art.”

Shelley.

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