Using your own personal collections as a starting point, and supported by visual presentations, we will discuss and explore ideas relating to the act of private and public collecting and to the history and meaning of your selected objects, unpicking their stories and associations with a view to finding ways to deconstruct and interpret them. Develop an appropriate personal working vocabulary through guided drawing activities, research and experimentation; layering, veiling, obscuring, erasing, cutting away, concealing and revealing, exploring the use of positive and negative shape, mark, and a range of approaches to the theme.
Various quotes and texts will be used to inform our enquiry as your explorations become starting points for development into fabric or mixed media textile form. We will look at ways of marking cloth through mono-printing and the use of simple screen-printing for basic shapes, with options to combine with elements of stitch and folded manipulation, as appropriate to individual ideas and material choices. Pair and group discussions, practical demonstrations and visual presentations will help progress ideas, and individual guidance will be given to extend your personal approach for further development. 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 primarily intended to serve as a testbed for new directions, exploring the layering of concepts, media and process. You don’t need to have experience of mono or screen print but you do need to have some textile skills to draw upon. You do need to be willing to experiment and explore with no fixed product or outcome producing a sequence of practical and conceptual explorations articulating your thinking and with potential for further development.
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.