ERTF AGM & Conference 17th April 2021

Title of workshop: Sensing the Landscape

Workshop leader - Debbie Lyddon

Our spring 2021 AGM and conference will be held at Jordan’s Mill, Biggleswade. We are delighted to be welcoming Debbie Lyddon as workshop leader for the conference.

Debbie is a textile artist and maker.  Her work explores landscape and place and her inspiration comes from experiencing and paying attention to her surroundings.  Debbie’s practice combines traditional stitch techniques with non-traditional materials such as bitumen, salt and wax to make ambiguous 2-D and 3-D works that evoke the sights, sounds and touch of coastal environments. Debbie has an MA in contemporary textiles from the University of Hertfordshire.  She is a member and the current chair of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

A booking form will be available nearer the time.

Members and non-members welcome

‘… keep looking. That’s what the keen-eyed naturalists say.  Keep looking. Keep looking even when there’s nothing much to see.  That way your eye learns what’s common, so when the uncommon appears your eye will tell you.’ 

Kathleen Jamie, poet and nature writer, Sightlines

Debbie Lyddon introduces her talk and workshop:

This talk and workshop are an exploration of place and put the emphasis on taking notice of your surroundings

I talk about my work that is inspired by the sights and sounds of the north Norfolk coastline.  I use a Powerpoint slide show that contains photographs of my work and I play the sounds from the environment that inspired some of the work.  I bring along work, sketchbooks and samples to look at and touch.

The workshop starts with a short walk outside to document what you see and hear with words, drawing and collecting.  The aim is to gather information about the environment and your response to it.

Back in the studio your collections will form the starting point for a book made using paper, drawing and stitch to create a unique and personal record of your exploration of place.

Any queries, please contact Carole Nicholls.