When people think of Fabergé they tend to think of bling, but this extraordinary designer was less interested in using precious stones than in technique. For him the most important element in any object was a stunningly high level of craft. This means that his eggs survived the Russian Revolution because they had little monetary value and weren’t worth the effort of trying to hide them.
He also made a series of pieces which are much less well-known for the British Royal Family recreating the wildlife of royal residences in semi-precious stones. These were chosen because they captured the look and spirit of the animals. They also capture a delight in making which communicates itself to the viewer.
In this workshop we will look at what made his designs so special:
- Importance of skill, technique and know-how
- Choosing the right fabric for the right effect
- Working with a restrained palace
- Making pattern from simple elements
- Making encrusted surfaces.
All materials are included in the workshop fee, although you may want to bring along your favourite hand-sewing items such as your needlecase and scissors. We will also provide tea and coffee and soft drinks, as well as cakes and/or biscuits. Lunch is not provided, but there is a branch of Aldi five minutes walk away and a good pub around the corner.
Parking is on-street and generally freely available on Saturdays.
The workshop begins at 10.00 and ends at 4.00.