Illustrative Pictures Working with Silk Organza – Emily Jo Gibbs 26th & 27th June 2021

Illustrative Pictures Working with Silk Organza – Emily Jo Gibbs 26th & 27th June 21021

Emily Jo Gibbs is a British Artist who over the last two decades has established an international reputation for her delicate textiles.

Emily’s latest body of portrait work The Value of Making depicts various making disciplines through to-scale representations of tools; hand-stitched exquisite still life portraits in a collage of silk organza. Emily made these portraits to reflect how proud she is to be a member of this creative community and to celebrate the skill, dexterity and the creative problem solving of people who make things.

Emily has received significant critical acclaim and examples of her work are in The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Crafts Council Collection and The Museum of Fine Art, Houston. She is a member of Contemporary Applied Arts, The 62 Group of Textile Artists, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Learn how to create delicate textile pictures, working on a portrait of still life subject of your choice, using layers of silk organza and hand stitch.

Working from your own drawings and/or photographs as a starting point, you’ll first make test pieces using layers of sheer fabrics, silk paint and hand stitch, to decide how to interpret your image.

Play with the colour created by combining different coloured organzas. Look at how light and shade can be created with different shaped layers of the same colour. See how you can use different stitches including running stitch, couching and French knots to create different effects. Experiment with stitch length and density.

Thinking about the composition, you will create a paper collage to work from, this may include drawings, photographs and text. Then you will learn how to transfer your images on to translucent fabrics using a variety of media including pencil, water colour and silk paint.

Putting what you’ve learnt into practice; create the backdrop for your stitched illustration by building layers and areas of coloured organza, then apply hand stitched areas to bring your work to life with texture and colour, as you work up your finished image.

£190 includes all materials and 2 course lunch – 2 day workshop 10am-4pm

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