Colour and luminosity – painted and screenprinted textiles with Carole Waller

Art textiles

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About this course

Exploring silk screenprinting and painting with dyes to build up layers of colour on opaque and semi-transparent fabrics. Using the tutor's simple but evocative approaches, find your own vocabulary and way of working to create luminous textiles.

Course Description

An experimental course exploring screenprinting and painting, to build up layers of colour on opaque and semi-transparent fabrics. The tutor will explain simple but evocative approaches to painting and printing with Procion P dyes on natural fabrics. You can then experiment with all the possibilities under her guidance to make images, collages, constructions and flat fabrics to play with, and explore transparency and depth of colour in the character of the painted and printed marks themselves.

Working with dyes, you will explore painting and screenprinting on un-primed fabrics. Starting with paintbrushes, you move into the use of paper stencils, in combination with painting on a variety of fabrics provided by the tutor in sample sizes. Then you can develop a personal project with the tutor’s guidance.

Luminous colour is an inherent quality of dye used on silk fabrics. Colour and transparency are explored by looking at the characteristics of a variety of cloths and marks in relation to each other. The tutor will encourage you to find your own vocabulary and way of working.

Please bring any of your previous work to show the group and discuss with the tutor if you wish. You will also have the option of having a mentoring session with the tutor about your textiles.

Handouts will be provided with details of suppliers and methods used.

Consider joining the companion weekend course on ‘Repurposing textiles with print and colour’, to complement this course.


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 until 9pm, 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


  • The cost of the dyes provided for the course.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring any cloth you would like to work on including silks, cottons, fine wool, fine linen or viscose rayon for dye work. Fabrics are also available from the tutor and the shop.
  • An apron, covered footwear and rubber gloves
  • Notebook
  • Paintbrushes and mark-making tools of your choice if you have – scrapers/rollers, etc.
  • Basic sewing supplies may come in useful if you wish to bring them
  • A camera to capture work in progress – which you can use for new work in the future
  • Examples of your own work, if you would like to show them to the group and the tutor

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Natural undyed fabrics e.g cottons, fine silks, organza
  • Craft knives (tutor can lend)
  • Paper/sketchbooks
  • Paintbrushes/drawing materials etc.
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Available from tutor:
  • Fabric can also be purchased direct from the tutor, as required.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Carole Waller

Carole Waller is a well-known textile artist with an international reputation for her expressive approach to putting ideas, colour and imagery into cloth.Her own work is suffused with colour and depth - and her knowledge of working on 'unprimed' canvases, silks, cottons, wool and manmade fabrics has been acquired in the 25 years she has run her studio near Bath.


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

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