Stitched and manipulated paper works with Caroline Bartlett

Art textiles

Ref: S3D12350

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About this course

Stitch into paper, fold, crease, slice, crush and create drawn and painted marks. Explore combinations of processes to create surfaces or three-dimensional structures as starting points for further works on paper or fabric.

Course Description

Using largely everyday commonplace papers, with the occasional addition of something more special, explore a variety of methods, such as: folding, creasing, slicing, crushing and stitching. Reform the surface using these techniques and create repetitive structures in which the drawn, painted or stitched marks are distorted and work to create new connections.

You might choose to explore your own theme with reference to the markings (in which case, please bring your own reference material in the form of drawings, photographs, etc.), or to work in a purely abstract way, responding to the previous processes to which you have been introduced.

These explorations, whether two-dimensional or three-dimensional have a relevance to surface design or, as small objects, to a variety of applications. They may form starting points for further development as works in paper, fabric or other media, and ideas will be supported by presentations, individual and group discussion.


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


  • On this course, the College will supply the some of the materials, including: some photocopy paper, some cartridge paper, tissue paper, brown wrapping paper, and newsprint, along with a small amount of materials for the group to share, such as: PVA, cellulose paste, Vilene, a brusho box of colours and wax.

What students need to bring

  • A bone folder if you have one (not essential and can be purchased in the shop)
  • A range of paper of different weights, such as handmade papers; Made-up papers, such as: photocopies of drawings or other imagery, stained or coloured papers; Found papers, such as: maps, A-Z, old letters and ephemera
  • Items found in multiples, such as: brown paper bags, paper envelopes, postcards, gridded paper, photocopies (This may, in part, be determined by your chosen theme if that is what you would like to work with.)
  • A range of paintbrushes, including a 1” or large household brush and implements for marking paper, such as: graphite pencil, marker pens, etc.
  • A scalpel or craft knife, and paper scissors
  • Sewing kit
  • A few machine stitching threads
  • Hand embroidery threads
  • Your own reference if you want to work to a personal theme
  • There will be some sewing machines available for general use or you may prefer to use hand stitch.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Bone folders, scalpels, brushes, graphite pencils, markers and a range of different papers are available to buy from the shop.
  • A limited selection of hand and machine sewing threads
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Caroline Bartlett

Caroline trained in printed textiles before completing a postgraduate at Goldsmiths and an MA in Public Art. Her practice employs various textile processes and has included responses to historic locations and museum collections. She exhibits in the U.K. and internationally and her work is represented in several public collections.


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

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