Mixed Media

Sculptural Weaving with metal, wire and more

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

14 Nov

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

£95 Full Price; £85 Retiree Price; £75 Concession Price

Class details

Sculptural weaving with metal is a one day workshop led by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden. Come and join us; the workshop is suitable for artists with all levels of experience. Led by Alysn you’ll create wonderfully wild shapes and textures with wire, metal and beads.

Monday 14 November

10am – 4pm

Fee: £95 Full Price; £85 Retiree Price; £75 Concession Price

The fee includes light refreshments and most materials.

Limited to 8 artists

During the day you’ll use malleable metal foils, wires, beads, and whatever else you wish to add to the mix, like

  • found objects
  • threads
  • papers
  • fabrics

This is a chance to create a sculptural weaving with metal which can be enjoyed for itself or incorporated into other work as you please.

You will learn how to colour, emboss and manipulate the metals and how to create a shaped, free-standing weaving.

You can make your piece large or tiny and use it as jewellery, stitch it onto fabric as wall art or wearable art, use it as a book cover, greeting card or more.

We aim to provide most, if not all, the materials you need or want to use in this workshop. We’ve listed the equipment we shall provide in the materials section below. If you would like to bring additional material to work on your project, please do. (The amounts of materials you use will depend on the piece you create.)

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.


Small pliers

General scissors 

A selection of beads, in a range of sizes and shapes

Craft and recycled wires in copper or aluminium from 0.2mm to approx. 1mm

Metal shims in copper, aluminium, pewter and recycled metals such as puree tubes or aluminium baking trays or drinks cans

Masking tape

Embossing tools aka ‘dead’ biro

Limited range of alcohol inks


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 14 Nov -
Monday 10:00 am
Fees: £95 Full Price; £85 Retiree Price; £75 Concession Price

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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