We were excited to hear about how Alysn transitioned from scientist to textile artist. Some of the knowledge from her degree has helped her in knowing and understanding the chemical changes in the techniques she uses for her work. Alysn also spoke about her design processes and how those work when she is designing items such as unique commissioned wedding gowns. Aspects of balancing gallery ownership with making and showing work in other places was also very fascinating.
We were very glad to learn we'd been able to have her come before she takes off for New Zealand! Although Alysn intends to spend a few months here, her popularity will probably mean she is fully booked during those times!
In the afternoon Alysn led her ‘Impressive Metals’ Workshop and the group joined in the scoring, painting and sewing of metal. The kits supplied were full of lovely bits and pieces. As well as having a go with embossing the metal, we experimented with using acrylic inks to colour the metal. Very interesting.