Friday, 12 October 2012

I Have Passed My City & Guild Course

I have received my City & Guilds certificates Level 3 in Design and Craft - Stitched Textiles
It was done via Design Matters and my personal tutor has been Catherine Nicholls

It has been a joy and a pleasure to take this on-line course and I  can really recommend it, or any other of Design Matters' courses. You need a lot of self discipline though, something I lack - but I was saved halfway through by my friend Robbie, who joined the course and showed up at my house twice a week. You just can't procrastinate when you are with someone else. I recommend doing any on-line course with somebody like-minded.

Here we are finishing the last bits - yes, I know, hard work - but somebody has to do it.
(It's actually the only time we have sat outside, 
normally we would stand on each side of my cutting table)

The course was in 10 modules divided into two parts, the first being the design training: Colour, Line, Shape, Texture and Form. Lots of activities in both mixed media and textiles. What fun!

The next part was making things: 3D, Accessory, Home Accessory, Wall Hanging and Free Choice. More fun and still doing lots of other activities on the side.

 This is my take on a 3D object; a box in patchwork inspired by architecture. (Shaker style)
See more here.

Next up was an accessory. I chose to make a bag meant for a sketchbook and  drawing stuff. 
Ready to go. Based on one of my sketchbook drawings.

© Mai-Britt Axelsen

 Home accessory. A cushion - based on one of my husband's photos.

©Ole Henriksen
Some of his photos are now available as cards at The Image Vault (Cards 432 OH - 440 OH)

 Wall hanging: Ghost Mine. Based on a photo by Tony Howell
East Pool tin mine ©Tony Howell

 The back of Ghost Mine
I also entered this quilt into the CQ@10 exhibition, but it didn't get in. More about that and the book about the exhibition and Contemporary Quilt Group later.

 The final piece, also a wall hanging. Shining Through. And my entry at this years Festival of Quilts in the Art categori.

And one of the judges really liked it and I got straight marks (thanks Judith), even though it hung in a tight and low corner. The other judge gave it a mixed scoring, so I didn't make it to the finalist list.

Dark Light - my entry in the Miniature categori.

All in all I have learnt a lot and would no doubt have learnt even more if I wasn't such a procrastinator.
There - I said it! Again. But it will not be the last on-line course I have taken...........

Last, but not least: 

Robbie on dicovering that she had won 2nd price in the Pictorial category 
with Hawthorn Sky
Roberta Le Poidevin (soon to have a web-site)


Carol said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. I've enjoyed the photos and hearing about the venture. I want to congratulate you in your endeavors and encourage you to follow your dreams.

Mai-Britt Axelsen © said...

Thank you very much Carol, you are very kind, and quick - I have only just posted. :D

I enjoy your blog, but have not commented enough.

Jeannie said...

Congratulations! To complete the coursework is a major feat in and of itself, but you did so with gorgeous work! Congrats to Robbie too!

Françoise said...

It's nice to see your quilts again! :-)

Linda Forey said...

Congratulations. It's a tough course, but well worth doing,and I love your pieces. See you at Birmingham next year.

Mai-Britt Axelsen © said...

Thank you both Françoise and Linda ;O)

The Pied Pedlar said...

Congratulations, lovely work.

Mai-Britt Axelsen © said...

Thanks Tricia, I knew I knew your name, but it wouldn't come to me :D

The Pied Pedlar said...

Hi Mai-Britt.
I came to s you at your house last year when I visited my Daughter.

Mai-Britt Axelsen © said...

Of course, thanks for reminding me - hope you will visit again :O)