Impressive Metals with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

25 Oct

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

£95 (£85 Concessions and Students)

Class details

Join us for a NEW one day workshop led by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden. Impressive Metals will result in impressive artwork using metal shim and beads.

Wednesday 25 October

10am – 4pm

Course Fee : £95 (£85 discounted rate for concessions and students)

The fee includes most materials and light refreshments

Limited to 8 artists

During the workshop you’ll learn how to create a truly ‘impressive’ artwork using metal shim and beads. You’ll learn how to

  • manipulate metal by adding an embossed pattern and colour with alcohol inks
  • apply your metal with hand stitching onto fabric and silk fibres, then use stitch and beading techniques to embellish and enrich your piece.

Alysn demonstrates and explains all techniques so that you are able to participate no matter what stage you are at in your creative life.

This one-day workshop exploring Impressive Metals is suitable for makers with all levels of experience.

We aim to provide most, if not all, the materials you need or want to use during the workshop with Alysn and there will be starter kits available to purchase.

No matter your level of experience, everyone is welcome to join this course. We have a fun and supportive environment that is ideal for learning new techniques and sharing ideas.

We provide light refreshments throughout the day, but please bring your lunch. Or you could visit our neighbouring cafes in Dickens Yard – there are lots to choose from.


We shall provide the following equipment and materials:

  • Hand sewing requisites
  • Iron & Ironing pad
  • Embossing tools and an embossing mat if you have them
  • Alcohol inks
  • Non-stick baking parchment – approx. 1m per person
  • Threads for hand embroidery – but if you have a preferred colour scheme, please feel free to bring your own.
  • A selection of beads – however if you have some that fit with your preferred colour scheme, please feel free to bring your own.
  • A plain fabric to stitch on. It could be cotton, silk, wool, velvet etc. Approx. A5 (A4 max)
  • Interfacing or a plain cotton backing fabric – A4 max
  • A few scraps of fibres or light chiffon etc for embellishments
  • Dye or ink in a spray bottle
  • Gummed silk cocoon strippings. 1 small bag approx. 5 -10 g is sufficient. (optional)*

You to bring :

  • Any scrap domestic metals you can collect (hummus lids/pet food tin lids/coffee pods etc)


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 25 Oct -
Wednesday 10:00 am
Fees: £95 (£85 Concessions and Students)

About the tutor

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden has been described as an energiser and inspirer for her art making and her teaching practice. She is a maker of inspiring and visually compelling forms comprising three-dimensional lines, structures and patterns in complex, lyrical fluidities using media such as textiles, wires, metals and plastics.

Alysn says: “There are two major factors in my life which ran side by side for many years, moved apart and are now intertwined once again.

  • The first is that I can’t remember a time when I didn’t spend time ‘making’, or stitching. These efforts were not always successful, but we all have to start somewhere! As I grew older my creative efforts included painting and poetry but always included fibre arts.
  • The second major influence is a combination of biochemistry, marine biology and conservation which were my degree subjects. I think that my approach to my art and my world view is informed by the investigative, experimental exploration which is the basis of the scientific method.

My work concentrates on the themes of place, culture and stereotypes associated with textiles; and the coastal and marine environment – it’s beauty, raw energy and challenges.
In psychological terms we see not only individual objects, but their edges. It is a dynamic space in which we find tensions and strange interactions. These interferences touch on inter- and intra- personal interactions. Your viewpoint is everything; the approach and personal interaction with the pieces is everything.”

Her practice creates an invitation for you to experience personal connections through viscerally emotive interactions. The work is driven by curiosity about science, the psyche and the marine environment, and are marked visually by a complex and raw yet lyrical fluidity.

Alysn’s works stretch traditional definitions of media and dissolve boundaries between sculpture, installation and video works, often incorporating metal, wire, fibre, textile and stitch.

Recent awards for selected exhibitions include: Mandurah Wearable Art (Australia) for ‘What Lies Beneath’; ‘Wall Brooches II’, (Australia) for ‘Taniwha’; ‘Changing Threads’ Nelson Arts ‘Bernina Award’ for ‘The Space Between VII’. (New Zealand)

Published books:

‘Between the Sheets with Angelina’
‘This Lustr’ed Cloth’

‘Stitch, Fibre, Metal and Mixed Media’

W: www.alysnmidgelowmarsden.com
I: @alysnmmart

W: www.takingtextilesfurther.com

I: @takingtextilesfurther

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