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Two day course
Thursday 17 and Friday 18 February 2022

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In this experimental and multi-faceted course, run over two consecutive days, Bettina Furnée and Caroline Wendling will lead you to create a unique appliquéd text on a personal item of fabric. Transform your pillowcase or work-wear, or make a banner or wall hanging from scratch!

On the first day Bettina will propose simple techniques and invite you to release your inner poet and create a short text or slogan. You will then design and draw the letters, and any additional shapes, on paper and cut these out in felt.

On the second day Caroline will guide you to hand stitch your design onto the fabric base using the techniques of appliqué and embroidery. We will end the course with a celebration of your text-based art pieces.

Bettina and Caroline: Text and Textile

Safety Notes: The two workshops will be held in our Open Studio, which is large enough for 8 people to socially distance and has plenty of open windows for ventilation. Social distancing and mask wearing will still be in place for indoor activities. We ask that you take a lateral flow test before arriving. Please do not attend if you test positive, have symptoms of coronavirus or you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus. If you cancel for this reason, your booking fee will be refunded.

Materials: All materials are supplied. You are encouraged to bring your own piece of fabric to work onto. This could be an item of clothing or fabric, cushion cover, pillow case, tea towel or flag, but make sure it provides a suitable and ample surface for appliquéd text.  

For those who do not wish to bring their own item, we provide natural Hessian fabric to create a banner or wall hanging.

Format: Two day workshop 10.00-4.00pm each day.

Lunch: We’re sorry we don’t have a café on site, so please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be available all day.

Dates: Thursday 17 and Friday 18 February 2022 10.00-4.00pm each day.

Transport: Public bus services run hourly from Cambridge (No. 18 from Drummer Street) to Bourn Village Monday to Saturday. Wysing is a 15 minute walk from Bourn. For more transport information please go to the 'visit' page on our website.

Fees: £185 (full price)

Concession prices are available to book on Eventbrite with options of:

- £139 (25% discount)
- £92.50 (50% discount)

Please note: Wysing is a not-for-profit organisation.

As a registered charity, we are committed to supporting artists and ticket sales help to support our charity mission. We ask you to choose the ticket you can afford and leave it to your discretion. Please keep in mind that there are people who will genuinely need the concession tickets and we have a limited number of those to offer.

Tutor Biographies

Bettina Furnée initially trained as letter-cutter at David Kindersley’s Workshop, Cambridge, before gaining an MA Public Art at Chelsea. Her text-based practice incorporates print and textile, moving image and installation. She has executed many public art schemes, exhibited her work in solo and group shows, and received grants in support of self-initiated projects. She recently toured choral evensong Even You Song based on interviews with couples contemplating space flight, in collaboration with writer Lucy Sheerman and composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

Caroline Wendling's work explores ideas of place and belonging through layered projects that draw on history and local myths, inviting re-imaging of sites. She creates artworks that are fragile and transient in the form of sensory walks/performances and events, blurring the notion of audience and performer. She makes drawings and prints and creates props using fabric and stitch. Commissions include Whitechapel Gallery (London), Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge) and Deveron Projects (Huntly) where she created White Wood.

She holds a PGCE from the University of Greenwich and teaches children and adults of all ages for educational institutions, museums and charities. Her art feeds into her varied education work and vice versa.