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.
During the course, you will:
• Grow and 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, objects etc.), will aim to encourage thinking and reflection skills, and provide you with reference points for mark, shape, texture, colour, composition and content. As appropriate to individual ideas, simple techniques of print, surface manipulation, waxing and stiffening, hand or machine stitch, will provide the means to interpret your ideas into textile form. Explore your ideas through guided drawing activities, research and experimentation; marking, layering, obscuring, erasing, cutting away, concealing and revealing, and assembling. You will be encouraged to exploit and become sensitive to incidences in the surface, such as the different qualities furnished by material and technique, and to distil your ideas to their essence, exploring the layering of concepts, media and process.
Pair and group discussions, strategies for developing ideas, practical demonstrations and visual presentations will form part of the course. Various approaches to surface treatments will be demonstrated, discussed and used. Individual guidance will be given to unpick and refine your ideas and drive connections between materials and working methods. As the work develops it will be increasingly guided by consideration of potential form, refining and distilling ideas. This will vary according to individual concerns, skills and experience.
Whilst developing a personal repertoire of approaches to mark-making and surfaces, the course is not focused primarily on technique but on strategies for progressing work in a supportive environment. You need to be open minded and prepared to investigate and experiment with the aim of progressing work, producing a sequence of practical and conceptual explorations articulating your thinking and with potential for further development, rather than producing finished pieces. You don’t need to have experience of printing but you do need to have some textile skills to draw upon.
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 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.