Creative Connections: Walk, Forage, Print

Mondays 10 Jun - 15 Jul

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Creative Connections is a series of free creative workshops for adults over the age of 60 in the Western Isles who feel isolated as a result of their circumstances – be it geographical remoteness, disability or any other disadvantage. If this applies to you, you can book any of our Creative Connections workshops.  You can make a booking for a friend or family member if they would like to take part.

Walk, Forage, Print with Tara M Dakini
Walking around your garden, the local park or a walk close to your home lifts your spirits and feeds your creative inspiration. If you take the same walk regularly and pay attention to the wild plants that grow there, you start to build a relationship with those plants and get to know how they grow, change and decay with the seasons.

Using wild plants found on a regular local walk, or your garden, we’ll use these as inspiration to create simple stamps that we will print onto colourful fabric strips. Each week we’ll focus on a different plant and make a fabric strip to keep and one to swap with the other students in the group at the end of the course. These strips can be turned into bunting, a sewing project or a memory roll.

You’ll learn simple design techniques, how to create your own stamps from these designs and how to create interesting compositions from single stamps and by using different stamps together.

The sessions will be delivered via Zoom and a link will be emailed to you.  Please ensure that your address is correct on your An Lanntair account when booking. All you need is a device with an internet connection and a quiet space.  You will receive a small ink pad, lino-cutter, soft stamp block, hand-dyed fabric, and small sketchbook and pencil for the course.  If you already have any of these materials, please let us know.   If you don’t have a device you can borrow one from An Lanntair for the duration of the course – email moira@anlanntair.com.

Book by Thurs 6th June to receive materials in time for the first session.

Tara Dakini trained in Art & Design at Brighton City College and studied Technical Hand Embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework. She has researched traditional and contemporary textile practices including: Jacobean Crewel Embroidery, Early Modern European Embroidery Design and the influence of imported Indian textiles, Japanese Sashiko Quilting, Indian Kantha work, Print making and Dyeing. She is currently developing my practice in Textile Design and Illustration techniques.

Tara has a wide ranging thirst for knowledge and a background in Science and Law as well as the Arts.  She loves teaching and her subjects include Embroidery, Illustration, Dance, Creativity and Spirituality.

Creative Connections is funded by the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults delivered by the Third Sector Interface Western Isles.  It aims to: Reduce loneliness in social isolated older adults in the Western Isles through regular creative and social online arts opportunities; Improve mental health and wellbeing for isolated older adults through positive creative experiences and conversation; Increase the number of opportunities for people to be creative and to develop visual arts skills.