Drawing with fibre in felt with Heather Belcher

Art textiles

Ref: S2D11488

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About this course

Explore a variety of methods to make drawn marks in felt using wool and other fibres. Begin with fun mark-making exercises and develop a personal colour palette to generate ideas for one-off felt artworks.

Course Description

The course will introduce both newcomers and those with some experience to a variety of methods to explore mark-making and drawing in the felting process.

The first evening will include an introduction to the course and viewing relevant samples made by the tutor. You will also handle and manipulate some of the materials; wool fibres, threads and fibres that will be used during the course.

Initially you will work with simple black and white abstract marks generated from fun exercises on paper. We will consider scale and composition by selecting and cropping your drawings before proceeding to work directly with natural and man-made fibre and thread in felt.

For complete newcomers to felt, there will be an introduction to the process, whilst students with some experience will have the opportunity to extend their skills by experimenting with incorporating fibres to the surface and within the layers of the felt.

Techniques covered will include carding, blending and layering wool and other mixed fibres and threads and felt collage using pre-felts.

Moving on from black and white marks, you will introduce colour to explore the huge potential for blending and painting with richly dyed wool fibres. In closely observing a colour source (either the tutor’s or your own photographic printed imagery) you will uncover a very personal colour palette, further developing the individuality of your visual language.

There will be time to build on the techniques learnt earlier in the course and to generate a series of felt samples to inspire and inform future personal projects.

Timetable

Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

Included

  • On this course the College will supply some of the materials including:
  • Cartridge paper, black sugar paper, charcoal, soft white drawing chalk, black ink, a variety of suitable sewing threads, yarns and fibres.

What students need to bring

  • Scissors
  • Pritt or glue stick
  • Pencil Eraser
  • Selection of drawing pencils – 3B upwards
  • Graphite stick
  • One or two paint brushes (between 1cm – 4cm wide)
  • At least one colour reference photograph printed (not on screen)
  • The tutor will provide threads and wool fibre to purchase but you are welcome to bring your own if you have them

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Merino wool tops
  • A variety of other wool fibres
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.

Tutors

Heather Belcher

Heather Belcher is an artist specialising in hand made felting processes. She exhibits and teaches nationally and internationally and is represented by the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery in London. She has work in a number of public collections including the Crafts Council and Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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