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Developing skills and creative language in Tapestry Weaving (2 year course) – Unit 6 with Philip Sanderson

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Developing skills and creative language in Tapestry Weaving (2 year, part-time course) Intermediate Year 2: \'a31050 (fees cover all three units) Unit 4: DYEING, MATERIALS AND WEAVING September 17-20, 2017 Three Days Intermediate 3D6882 Unit 5: EXPERIMENTAL WEAVING TECHNIQUES January 7-10, 2018 Three Days Intermediate S3D06883 Unit 6: DESIGN AND REFLECTION April 22-25, 2018 Three Days Intermediate S3D06884 The final unit will look at design and developing ideas and strategies for making new work, there will also be an opportunity to reflect on the two years with discussions based around moving forward. We will begin by looking at the different ways of creating designs for tapestry from personal practice to public commissions, collaborative and community based projects. Working with images and research gathered we will focus on how a design can evolve from initial sketch ideas to a finished design. Building on the knowledge from previous sessions design will also include consideration of scale, materials etc., common factors that can influence design development. This two year programme made up of six, three day courses, aims to offer tapestry weavers a deeper insight into the technical and creative techniques of tapestry weaving, so that you can begin to develop your skills and creative language. It is aimed at anyone who has completed a beginners' course at West Dean College or elsewhere, and is looking for extended study. You will study in the unique environment of West Dean Tapestry Studio, one of the UK's only professional tapestry studios. Between each course you will be asked to develop your own line of research in response. This includes the production of small woven sample pieces as a way of developing and experimenting with images, brought to the start of the following course for discussion and dissemination. By the end of the first year you will have a greater understanding of tapestry weaving and a larger knowledge base that will provide you with the ability to confidently move through all stages of the production process at both technical and aesthetic level. The second year of study will explore additional techniques, dyeing, experimental ways of working and, where relevant, developing strategies for the production of larger tapestries. An exhibition of the finished tapestries, supporting material, sketches and samples is planned within the college on completion of the programme. Find out more at To apply please download application form or request one by emailing PHILIP SANDERSON, master weaver designer, West Dean Tapestry Studio and Associate Tutor West Dean Visual Arts programme


Philip Sanderson

Philip Sanderson studied both at Middlesex University and the Royal College of Art before joining the Professional Tapestry Studio at West Dean College in 1993, and his current role is as a Master Weaver Designer. Philip has designed tapestries for numerous clients, notably for the New Parliamentary Buildings in Westminster.


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