“Rooted deep in our history and culture, folk art evokes memories of home and childhood no matter where we are.” Anne Kelly ‘Textile Folk Art’, Bastford Books, 2018
Explore the popular and timeless theme of folk art and narratives to create a unique and personal hanging piece of textile art. Using resources from the tutor’s collection and your own, you will create a unique piece, which will be translated into an art textile based work. Develop your own personal response through practical printing and stitching teachniques, as you progress through the course. You will learn the following techniques:
• Block printing and stencilling techniques for textiles
• Collage and applique textile techniques with stitch
• Creating an art textile hanging piece with hand and/or machine stitching (optional)
From samplers to quilts in Europe and the USA, to tribal and nomadic cloth in Mongolia and China, folk and traditional designs have played a crucial part in the development of textile art and craft. Using fragments of recycled, upcycled and newly printed cloth, you will create a language for expressing your own interpretation of the theme. The textiles that you choose through these development processes will inform your collaged hanging piece. Your inspiration will be enhanced by some pattern making, based on the tutor’s collections of objects and reference materials, and any that you have brought to the course.
The tutor favours the use of simple printing and stencilling techniques, using low impact materials that mirror the naïve and expressive quality of folk art textiles. These also combine well with vintage or upcycled textiles.
The piece that emerges from your exploration will take the form of an art textile hanging work in progress, advanced enough to finish with minor embellishing after the course.
Using a mixture of demonstrations and individual tuition, you will be able to visualise and develop your ideas and narratives in textiles. Your tutor will bring samples of her works and books, as well as examples of the genre to help you to be supported and grow in confidence through the 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.
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.
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)
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