Carole Smollan enjoys teaching, particularly beginners and children, “I encourage them to access their creative processes.” I find this fascinating and inspiring and with children I believe it sets them up for a lifelong advantage.
Smollan began exhibiting her art work from the age of 17. As a lace and lingerie designer she became head of a public company, won a prize at the Cologne Fair and was elected “Young Business Woman of the Year. Subsequently she ran her ceramic studio for 20 years making large murals for public buildings – the proudest one being in the foyer of the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Creating ceramics for the blind in Gardens, Cape Town was an awe inspiring experience. For many years she did the critique for a distance learning Art Course.
In 1996 she emigrated to England without her kilns and began to develop her textile work.
Her love of cloth began in her grandfather’s tailoring room. Smollan specializes in Synagogue Art. She has been commissioned to produce art work for synagogues all over the world, exhibited on many one man shows and museums all over the world, recently with a show of 150 pieces at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York.
My work embodies my philosophy of life. "Be open to what the universe presents to you"
The mark making and repeat patterns created in the Shibori process are the basis of my work. The Shibori silks are used as “wallpaper” to my textile paintings. While I wrap stitch and bind with intent and a plan in my mind, the magic revealed in the interaction of the dyeing process formulates the image which I then stitch and embellish.
I have developed a process of bleeding the color of the silk into the background fabric, moving away from traditional Shibori colour and working in the style of Matisse cutouts.
I am particularly interested in manipulating and embellishing antique and old documents and this is a large part of my current work.
Shibori is the traditional Japanese dyeing technique using indigo dyes, to fold- bind- stitch fabrics for mark making. I use Arimatsu and kumo shibori techniques. It is a an exciting process and becomes an obsessional occupation.
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Introducing fusibles, transfers, embellishment with beads and metals & create with thread. Try out many new fiber materials and techniques.
TREE OF LIFE COURSE • A week of textile and fiber art will cover all the latest techniques and art materials• Beginners and non-participating partners welcome - No experience necessary.
• Comfortable accommodation at nearby Premier Inn. Lunch at studio included.
• Course will cover batik, transfers, fusibles, discharge paste, bondaweb, embossing,
embellishment, heat guns lace cutting, stamping, stencilling, gilding and more.• Carole Smollan will share her secrets to making Matisse Cut outs on Shibori silk.
Mon, Tues & Wed mornings - Lectures, demos and discussions. Afternoons for studio work. Lunch included - special diets catered for.
Wednesday night - Fish and Chips
Thursday - Free to shop and explore london
Friday - Critique work until 11.30 and accompanied visit to relevant London museum
Demonstrations include Shibori techniques, discharging, resist, fusibles, bondaweb, soluweb, hand stitching, dyeing silk painting wax, transfers, ribbon roses.
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GROUP BONDING SESSION Office parties and xmas parties , make a silky pashmino with much fun and cameradie