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.
Explore ways of making three-dimensional 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 three-dimensional 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 three-dimensional 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.
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.
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.
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)
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.