Art textiles

Sculptural textile forms with Sally Freshwater

Ref: S3D08876

Intermediate/Advanced

£383.00
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About this course

Make three-dimensional forms with pliable materials using skeletal supports, stiffening and casting. Start with a series of exercises to learn techniques using both paper and fabric and then consider enhancing surfaces by stitching and embellishing. You will then develop a piece from your ideas and creative practice.

Course Description

Explore ways of making 3D forms with pliable materials, through the addition of skeletal supports, stiffening and casting both fabric and paper. Through considering skeletons and skins, thinking about lightweight forms such as tents and sails, and making light-weight cast vessels and 3D forms, you are introduced to a number of techniques making a series of samples. You will learn to cast 'ghost' forms in thin papers and fabric; cast into and around vessels; plaster casts; add wires and rods into stitched surfaces and fabric; manipulate through tensioning and structure and also explore creating a pattern from a 3D form.

You will have the opportunity to enhance and embellish the surfaces through the inclusion of free machine embroidery, lace and other decorative materials into the surfaces if you wish, so come armed with a selection of the kind of materials you work with.

By the end of the course we will aim to make a resolved piece that develops from your own ideas and hopefully will be an extension of your creative practice.

Demonstrations will be given by the tutor throughout the workshop, as well as individual tutorials and a concluding group review.

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

  • Materials for all set projects.
  • The tutor will have a variety of materials that you may need to use that you can purchase from her such as wire, cotton linters, a range of papers and glues, thin fabrics such as muslin, organdie, cotton organza. The charge for these should be paid to the tutor before the end of the course, by cash or cheque.

What students need to bring

  • A selection of materials that you wish to use such as fabrics, threads, wires, fine rods (dowel, plastic, or metal are all useable). You may want to paint or embellish the surfaces, so bring what you think you may need.
  • A notebook, pencils, tape measure and ruler, pins.
  • Your own sewing machine (or machines can be borrowed at the college, please email bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk, if you wish to reserve one)

Available to buy

  • A wide selection of papers
  • Silk and cotton fabrics, muslin
  • Some machine stitch threads and sewing materials
  • General art materials
  • The tutor will also have a variety of materials that you may be useful that you can purchase from her, such as wire, cotton linters, a range of papers and glues, thin fabrics such as muslin, organdie, cotton organza.

Tutors

Sally Freshwater

Sally Freshwater's work emerges from a continual fascination with the architectural potential of textiles. Her work includes major site-specific commissions and is included in many private collections.

Accommodation

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

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