Ideas change lives
5 January 2016
RAMM’s collections are the inspiration for two new businesses: having engaged with the displays on the WEA Drawing and Pattern Design courses at RAMM, Lesley Goss and Claudia Meller are taking their designs into production.
The popular course attracts people with a variety of different art and craft interests, who commonly repeat the course due to its diverse and exciting programme. The next course starts on 26 January and places can be booked at http://www.wea-sw.org.uk/.
Scarves and notebooks
Claudia Meller produces scarves and fabric notebooks “The pattern design course I attended was very inspiring and it really did help kick start the idea of my new business! I love geometric pattern so found the tribal and ethnic art fascinating – the beadwork was also one of my favourites. The focus of my first collection is around the kaleidoscope pattern which I interpreted from the geometric shapes with floral patterns added for good measure! I hope to have time to attend more courses in the future.” Her products can be bought online: at http://shop.claudiameller.com/.
Lesley Goss designs rugs. The course and the way artefacts are displayed in RAMM inspired her to return to full time designing after bringing up a family: “I am really delighted to be able to use RAMM’s unique collections and displays as a brilliant starting point for my designs”. Her first product design was inspired by nineteenth-century plant microscope slides. The slides have tiny handwritten labels which gave Lesley a special link to the person who made them. She photographed the slides, manipulated the images and experimented with mixed media to arrive at her final design.
Both courses were developed and are tutored by Nicci Wonnacott, artist and professional adult education tutor at the WEA. Each week different areas and themes of RAMM’s collection are explored using the public displays and RAMM’s handling collections.
The next seven-week course, Pattern Design for Art, Fashion and Textiles, starts on Tuesday 26 January and can be booked at http://www.wea-sw.org.uk/, course ref: C3526859.
Founded in 1903, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education.