Learn basic techniques to make several fans of various types, from decorative paper and continue to do so at home.
You will be introduced to the different types of fan, a little of their history, and the various uses of fans. Examples of traditional fans from around the world will be shown, as well as some very modern ones. This practical fan-making course will encompass cutting shapes from templates, pleating methods, and the mounting or sticking of single and double sided folding fans. Only single leafed fans will be made on this course, which starts with making a fixed or screen fan, then progressing to folding fans. In order of increasing complexity, the next type is a cockade fan, followed by a fontange fan, and finally a more traditional looking fan. Protective covers will also be made for the cockade and fontange fans.
Tips on suitable adhesives and paper types, stick sourcing and pleater materials will be given. Suggestions for variations, and uses of fans for celebrations or commemorations for family occasions will be given to encourage use of the skills learnt.
By the end of the day you should be confident in the skills to make fans at home, experiment with the different types of fan, use various materials for fan making, design fan leaves, and make protective covers for fans.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Caroline Allington was the first curator of The Fan Museum and has taught fan-making classes for almost 30 years, mainly at The Fan Museum but also at the V & A, the Wallace Collection, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, as well as to various craft groups such as lace makers and embroiderers.