Explore the three-dimensional potential of fabric by etching
away at some of the structure to produce images and texture in
surfaces. Devoré techniques using screenprinting and then painting
the textured fabrics with dyes will be covered. You can use the
soft and beautiful fabric for scarves or for art pieces.
Devoré printing is the process of removing one fibre from a cloth with two different fibres in its structure (silk and viscose rayon). It offers up fantastic potential for the exploration of texture and transparency in a pliable fabric such as velvet or georgette. Screen printing is the technique employed to do this and Carole will bring photo-stencils on screens in a variety of designs for you to use. We shall also try printing with paper stencils for simple shapes and designs.
Following the printing process - we shall look at how to paint the cloth with Procion dyes
which produce luminous colour. Texture and colour, transparency and opacity all work together and the tutor will encourage you to be experimental, using fabrics which fully exploit the three-dimensional possibilities in a flat plane of cloth.
You will learn how to screenprint, how to paint with dye and how to work with paper stencils and screenprinting. We shall also learn the processes for fixation and finishing of the fabrics.
Handouts will be provided with details of suppliers and methods used.
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)
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.