Thursday 31 January 2019

The Eloquent Fold - A Love Letter to Corby - Session Two

Workshop Two​ Monday 28th January 2pm to 5pm

C for Corby - Corby is Generous
one of Phiona's embellished samples

Phiona  showed the group a variety of ways to embellish their letters and add thoughts about living in Corby.  She also set up a sewing machine in the upper area so that people could add some machine stitching to their work. This proved a popular addition to the day and throughout the session people passing by stopped to peer over the bookcases to se what was going on. We had lots of lovely passing conversations and people saying they wished they had been able to take part.

Materials and spaces laid out in preparation, Phiona is wonderful at organising space and materials so that everyone has basic essentials close to hand and my stash of stamps were once again pressed into action! 

Before embellishment

Adding colour to the edges

Phiona advising on techniques

Letters, stamps and inks at the ready

Adding a decorative border

Some beautiful thoughts 

Wonderful place

O in action!

R waiting to be machine stitched

Rooftop Gallery




Forward Thinking

Bravely moving into the 21st Century



The participants all left feeling happy, relaxed, having learnt new skills and expressed positive thoughts about their town. The Librarians were bowled over by the fantastic results. Can't you just imagine these letters forming words and the words forming flags, what a celebration of Corby welcome that would be!

The Eloquent Fold are Carole Miles and Phiona Richards


Sunday 27 January 2019

The Eloquent Fold - A Love letter to Corby - Session 1

Workshop One​ Monday 21st January 2pm to 5pm

This two session pilot project was devised to investigate whether there would be scope for a larger scale, future project,  in which The Eloquent Fold could work more widely with the various communities in Corby. The pilot scheme was made possible by a Cultivate Seed Funding Grant from Made in Corby through the Cultivate scheme.

 Prior to the workshop Phiona Richards and I spent a morning 
cutting and printing samples for the workshop to use during
our marketing and ticketing of the events. 

We invited participants to come and express some love in a two part printmaking and embellishment workshop at Corby Library. The Librarians were wonderful hosts, making sure everyone felt welcome and had enough space to create their work without disrupting the flow of day to day Library business.

Phiona brought along a variety of sample fonts

During the first workshop participants were printmaking with me, using embossed wallpaper and water based inks to produce textured prints of their chosen letters. Participants chose a background paper and a contrasting paper to cut out their letters

After both parts were inked and the paper damped

the 'plates' were sent through my press

The group were encouraged to experiment by changing their colour palette or swapping backgrounds with someone else. Most people made several different letters an at least thee A3 prints and two A4 prints. 

Elaine's O

Janey's B

My digital collage!

Quite a few people were taking part in the 
64 Milllion Artists January Challenge

Ann used one of her letters to share
her Good News Day

 and I made a little photo collage.

The Eloquent Fold are Carole Miles and Phiona Richards