The aim of the course is to provide a framework and guidance for the progression of ideas and approaches developed from an existing research base of your own. It is an opportunity for creative development: to develop an idea together with a personal repertoire of textile-related surface treatments using simple print processes, manipulation and assemblage involving hand or machine stitch. Steps in the working processes and strategies for moving forward will form part of the course delivery.
During the course, you will:
• Develop a small group of related textile pieces based on a common element or set of elements.
• Develop a personal vocabulary of surface treatments in support of your ideas.
• Extract and analyse elements for development.
• Further develop a body of work.
A series of initial experimental exercises based on the research work you bring with you (in the form of your sketchbook work/drawings/ photographs, etc.) will aim to encourage thinking and reflection skills, and provide you with reference points for mark, shape, texture, colour and content. Methods such as layering and assemblage, hand or machine stitch will provide the means to interpret your ideas into textile form. Simple techniques of print, including open screen work or mono printing and surface manipulation, as appropriate to individual ideas can be utilised. You will be encouraged to exploit and become sensitive to the different qualities furnished by material and technique, elements of repetition and variation.
You need to be open minded and prepared to investigate and experiment with the aim of progressing work rather than producing finished pieces. If you wish to use a sewing machine, you must be competent in its use. Various approaches to surface treatments will be demonstrated, discussed and used. Individual guidance will be given to extend and refine your ideas and drive connections between materials and working methods.
It is essential that you come with a body of research work in the form of sketchbook work/drawings/photographs relating to a theme you want to develop.
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)
"Caroline Bartlett's class was very professional and well prepared. She is a very experienced tutor and brings a balance of expert knowledge and teaching skill to the class. The studio was very well laid out with all the equipment necessary available to us."Colleen, 2019
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.