Our closing workshop in next year's Festival on August 24th is a wonderful Masterclass in contemporary Kantha from Dorothy Tucker.
What is Kantha? According to Dorothy 'Kantha is a Bengali word both for cloth and is a way of stitching an embroidered quilt'. It elevates running stitch into an artform of its own.
Dorothy's Masterclass will be focussing on making a small piece of Kantha built up around an animal image and using stitches around this to create a textured environment. Her work originally started with running stitch used to draw animals but has developed into more complex pieces.
Dorothy is moving forward using digitally printing drawings of landscape and trees onto cloth. This is giving her work a more abstract element but also keeps her drawn elements. These are my favourites
Kantha is very popular at the moment and a key part of the concentration on Slow Stitch. There were some fabulous pieces on show at Swansea Museum from the local Itchyfingers Textile Group www.itchyfingersart.webs.com