We all love pattern, it represents order and structure. The patterns we create can be mathematically ordered or loose and unstructured. Many textile patterns derive from nature and a close study of the natural world is rewarding when creating designs for hand painted items.
The tutor will discuss some of the elements of pattern-making through her own work and show how to make simple sketches and studies to identify and use pattern elements from nature and elsewhere. You can then experiment with original ideas of your own as you learn how to create designs for painted silk scarves.
The course is suitable if you are starting out in the medium of wax resist on silk, or if you have a little experience of silk painting but are looking to widen your knowledge. Those who don't feel confident about drawing, planning and creative design are especially welcome.
Working with vibrant steam-fixed dyes on silk scarf blanks, you can expect to produce three to four scarves, as well as samples, through which you explore various ways of approaching and creating pattern. Wax resist, clamped-technique shibori and direct application of dyes, are all explored, used separately or in combination. All skills are transferable to fabric painting although on the course you will work on scarves.
Trial pieces can be made on smaller frames, wax will be applied using brushes and traditional tjantings; stamps and found objects. Complex patterns will be produced by layering the wax and dye. The wax-out and steaming processes will be demonstrated and explained. The tutor will give two half-hour presentations during the course which may cover design, techniques, tools or materials
Work that is completed late on in the course can be steamed by the tutor in her studio. She will return it to you by post for the cost of postage and packing, payable direct to her in advance.
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)
Isabella trained as a graphic designer and worked in industry before 'discovering' textiles during extended travels in Asia. She specialises in resist-dyeing, enjoying an international following as artist and tutor. Isabella is also known for historical research into natural dyes, and is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.