Drawing and Stitching at Dover Transport Museum

Posted on May 17, 2016
“The final DMAG Drawing & Stitching Workshop took place at Dover Transport Museum on Saturday 27 June 2015. We had a great multi-generational group this time, including a family who attended to support a daughter’s A-Level research, a Dover Transport Museum volunteer and her daughter, DMAG artist Louisa Love with her mother, Dover Transport Museum resident artist Aine Belton, amongst several others. Participants ranged from novices to professional artists, with everyone bringing open minds and an experimental attitudes to the activities of the day! In the morning, Brian Flood welcomed us with an introduction to the collection and the WWI vehicles there, including a working lorry and a soldier’s bicycle. Aine also shared some of her research into the use of cycles during the War. We spent the morning exploring the collection through drawing, including continuous line drawings, measurement and proportion, and then combining drawing from observation with photographic images of vehicles and cycle battalions. Red transfer paper provided the opportunity to play with and layer the photographic images and drawings made in the museum – to create some fabulously innovative results.” (Marcia Teusink)
“We had a great group of stitchers and non stitchers, boys, girls, men and women for this final workshop and it was great to see everyone getting into the sewing side of things. Participants really explored how they could translate the drawings they had made in the morning as well as playing with the materials available. It was obvious that everyone had given their bunting some thought, including burning planes and gunfire (usually the male contingent!). Bicyles were popular and a beautifully stitched soldier with his bike by Hannah an A Level student with lots of talent.” (Rosie James)

Great feedback as always:

Drawing workshop:

The best thing about the workshop:

  • Continuous line drawing which freed up the drawing process
  • Space to concentrate on the detail of objects & to reflect this in my drawings
  • New ideas, good camaraderie, great pleasure
  • Learning how to slow down & observe what you want to draw
  • Meeting new artists; enjoying some quality time with my daughter
  • Transferring pictures
  • How many techniques you can use in drawing 
  • good different techniques for drawing
  • Learning different techniques

The most surprising thing:

  • The extent of wartime cycling
  • The museum had so many artefacts giving a wide choice of material to draw
  • I can draw
  • Just how interesting the exhibits are; what great details for drawing
  • I enjoyed learning how to scale up drawings
  • The use of a pencil to help me get the proportions right when drawing
  • That I had an ounce of talent
  • You can measure proportions with a pencil
  • Measuring proportions by using your pencil

The most interesting thing:

  • I discovered some new media & techniques to draw with
  • The history of bicycles used during the war
  • The extent to which bicycles were used in WW1 – an amazing history.
  • I was very interested in using my pencil to understand perspective.
  • How to use a combination of materials (tracedown, photos, …)
  • You can use a pencil to get your proportions right
  • Using tracedown in creating outline drawing
  • You can draw accurately with Tracedown
  • Using tracedown in work

Other comments:

  • I felt the drawing activity was very free & dynamic with a really interesting collection of objects as well as media to work with
  • I think everyone was able to come away with having enjoyed drawing on many different levels of ability. The artist gave good ideas to develop our artistic skills in observation and drawing techniques.
  • Another stimulating session with Marcia, who has instilled enthusiasm at all venues.
  • Marcia has introduced different approaches to drawing at each session and has kept all 10 sessions alive and invigorating. Sorry it’s the last one!
  • I felt engaged the whole time by the variety of techniques Marcia introduced. From sketching to mapping objects and using collage; I feel like my artist’s eye has been exercised.
  • Lots of positive help in a fantastic atmosphere … and location
  • Very kind and excellent teachers
  • Very therapeutic; you find yourself in a world of your own
  • Very dedicated tutor who really helped me do something I thought I wasn’t capable of doing.
  • It was very helpful and easy to understand
  • Very helpful with my A level project

Stitching workshop:

The best thing about the workshop:

  • Reinforcement or learned approaches; friendship, community spirit
  • Working with others on a collective project/freedom to imagine
  • Working with techniques & materials I haven’t used before
  • Learning how to use line drawing for stitching
  • The variety of materials and equipment to use
  • Everything
  • Really good techniques
  • The different amounts of ways to stitch
  • Work and ideas for my sketch book

The most surprising thing:

  • The breadth of visual stimulus within a Transport Museum!
  • That something very effective can be made with very simple sewing techniques
  • I enjoyed designing the bunting with text & images
  • I can embroider on a sewing machine – interesting results
  • I got the hang of using an iron
  • That I can actually stitch
  • Working with transfer paper

The most interesting thing:

  •  The range of uses for the bicycle in WW1
  • Learning a new skill
  • The variety of things that can be achieved with just one material or technique
  • I much enjoyed learning how to transfer drawings and using hand stitching to draw too
  • The different interpretations by everyone
  • How to use bondaweb
  • Working with multiple materials and bondaweb

Other comments

  • Another creative and happy session – lovely atmosphere – Rosie always makes it relaxed
  • Rosie has always engendered interest and enthusiasm at all venues. So well organised with fabrics, notions, equipment etc. & very open to all ideas
  • Professional teaching
  • I had a fantastic time learning different techniques (pattern transfer, use of bondaweb) in a friendly atmosphere
  • I worked in a new way and found it a very exciting and varied workshop
  • Love the experience; I’m influenced to use drawing & stitching in my own work.
  • I learn how to expand my thinking & observing every time I do a workshop. Thanks for the opportunity.
  • Great workshop – great tutors; very satisfying
  • Excellent teaching and very fun and interesting
  • They showed us a lot of things to help draw and stitch
  • So many tools that can be used in stitching were all on offer
  • Helped me with my school work for my A levels

Photos by Marcia Teusink and Rosie James