Hot Wet and Sticky

Hot, Wet and Sticky workshop with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Course Overview

A mixed media and hand stitch delight using paper waxing, gilding and fibre felts. We will explore the possibilities of using our stashes of recycled, handmade or painted papers along with hot wax to create textures and antiqued surfaces; we will create fibre felts from linen and silk fibres and we will gild using fine metal leaf and metallic fibres Brought together with some inspiration from nature, or other inspirations, you will create unique, textured, fabulous surfaces including simple, bold hand and/or machine stitching.

All of the techniques used can be taken further in your own time.

Teacher Profile

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden (she/her) is a British born, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland region artist.

She is a maker of inspiring and visually compelling forms comprising three-dimensional lines, structures and patterns.

Alysn creates wall based and free-standing forms of complex yet lyrical fluidities which invite you explore intimate, often visceral, interactions with your own experience.

The works show both physical and psychological articulations, connections and movements. Her work concentrates on the beauty, raw energy and challenges of body, of place and nods to the stereotypes associated with textiles and stitch. They create a dynamic space in which you find tensions and strange interactions.

Alysn has a reputation as a sophisticated and accomplished contemporary textile artist whose work defies the stereotypes of textile and stitch. She was recently described as an inspirer, energiser and innovator. She has exhibited in the UK, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia.

Recent awards for selected exhibitions include: Mandurah Wearable Art (Australia) for ‘What Lies Beneath’; ‘Wall Brooches II’, (Australia) for ‘Taniwha’; ‘Changing Threads’ Nelson Arts ‘Bernina Award’ for ‘The Space Between VII’.

Lissa now spends her time in her studio in the Shoalhaven developing new work for exhibitions and workshops and was recently awarded a 2021 Georges River Artist in Residence in Sydney.


Materials List

All marked with a ‘*’ will be available to use

·       Any design sources you are working on (though working intuitively is a great way to create) *
·       Paper scissors
·       Non-stick baking parchment *
·       Pen and paper for notes or sketching
·       Hand stitching requisites
·       Hand stitching threads – a selection of what you have (inc. metal threads and some chunky threads)
·       Selection of beads and sequins
·       Sewing machine, spare needles and requisites of you wish to machine stitch

·       An old flat iron which you don’t mind getting very dirty *
·       Cheap paint brush
·       Dry flat paint brush ½” or similar
·       2 ‘j-cloths’ (or more)
·       Metal desert or tablespoon.
·       Plastic shopping bag or other to cover the table.
·       Stencils *
·       Water spray bottle

·       Range of Papers – include what you have of: wrapping paper, handmade papers, brown paper, tissue paper etc.
·       Light weight sew-in interfacing  or similar- approx. 1/4 m
·       Old newspapers – 2 or 3 should suffice
·       Iridescent or metallic oil bars or ‘Treasure Gold’ or ‘Metallic Rub-ons’ or metallic solvent based paint pads. (or other similar non-waterbased metallics.)*
·       Candles or emergency/tea lights – 3 should suffice *
·       Transfer adhesive/Bondaweb –approx. A4 is plenty *
·       Matt medium or matt varnish *
·       Dutch Metal (also known as transfer leaf or Schlag) Approx. 5 sheets *
·       Fibres – silk, linen, hemp, banana, soy, etc. – whatever you have as a selection *
·       Heavy gel medium and spreader (could be an old credit or store card) *
·       Standard/non-fusible Angelina fibres – 1 or 2 colours  *
·       Silk Cocoon strippings  (approx. 10 – 50g is sufficient).*
Supplier option:

I will bring supplies of cocoon strippings, dutch metal, fibres, Angelina fibre, oil bars or similar, transfer adhesive, matt medium, heavy gel medium to buy and use as you go.

Workshop Terms

While our fibre art workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.

Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a fibre art workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the  deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.

Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.


15 - 17 Jul 2023


9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Timeless Textiles Gallery


Timeless Textiles Gallery
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW, Australia