I can spend hours wandering around the different exhibits at the National Museum of Scotland, sketching shapes and seeing a whole world of patterns in the different collections on display.
Whether it’s the floral design of a May Morris embroidery or the electric green, geometric lines of a Jean Muir dress, the colours, shapes and patterns held within the collections are often the starting points for my costume designs or illustrations.
These images are from shorter workshops I ran at the museum with 3 to 5-year-olds last weekend; they loved selecting shapes and getting their hands dirty.
The workshops this weekend are more in-depth and a little longer. They will take inspiration from the new Art, Design and Fashion galleries, exploring all of the shapes and patterns that are waiting to be discovered within them. I’ll encourage participants to start by explore the collections for themselves and we will begin by wandering around the galleries with our sketchbooks, talking about what we can see and collecting ideas.
We will then return to the studio to develop them into repeat patterns, using a variety of relief printing methods: from stamp making to styrofoam printing and mono printing. Participants will then be invited to make their patterns come alive through animation.
There’s still places left on the workshops, so I hope to see you there on Sunday.