Art textiles

Devoré – creating texture in fabric and scarves with Carole Waller

Ref: S4D08825

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About this course

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.

Course Description

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.

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, 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, some small pieces of sample fabrics and devoré pastes

What students need to bring

  • Drawing materials, paintbrushes, apron , sketchbooks, craft knife, scissors etc. if you have them
  • Fabrics suitable for this devoré workshop, if you wish to use your own. It must have a mixture of silk and viscose rayon in their structure.
  • Closed shoes are essential while in the workshop
  • Notebook
  • 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

  • General art materials
  • Craft knives
  • Paper/sketchbooks
  • Paintbrushes/drawing materials
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Fabrics suitable for devoré will be available for sale from the tutor (payment in cash only)


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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