This course explores the potential that each layer and each mark tells a story and elicits a response. Whether your interpretation is observational, conceptual or emotional, every layer will create meaning and context.
The emphasis will be on creating a set of experimental and expressive samples that explore a range of ideas, rather than producing a resolved piece.
Personal research (sketchbooks, photographs, text or objects) will provide the stimulus for these textile experiments. It is therefore important that you choose a theme that excites and inspires you and will keep you engaged for the duration of the course.
You will build up layers of imagery and text on fabric, using the process of monoprint, mark-making, asemic writing, collage, and hand stitch. Experiment with adding, subtracting, obscuring, and overprinting to build up complex layers that compose a larger narrative.
Expressive hand stitch will be an important aspect of this course and you will be introduced to, or revisit, a range of stitches. You will be encouraged to find your own unique way of using these stitches to extend your textile practice.
Development of ideas will be supported by individual tutorials to discuss your personal pathways and the possible future directions you could take. This course is suitable for students with basic skills, as well as more intermediate students who wish to develop a personal visual language.
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)
Amarjeet Nandhra is a practising artist, working with print, mixed media and stitch. Trained in Graphic Communication, later gaining a BA in Creative Arts. She has also worked as an Art Director on various independent short films. As a freelance tutor she has taught a range of courses; printmaking, mixed media and textiles in the UK and Spain.