Exploring the theme 'Passages', with ideas from the process of elapsing and transition to reconsider the method and structures of felt. Considering imagery from the passages within the unique West Dean College building and Gardens with ideas around the passage of time or changing from one condition to another. You will Initiate a new approach and awareness of current work and also consider new ideas for future projects in fashion, interiors or artworks.
You will have the opportunity to collect inspiring images and designs from tonal shapes and colour changes seen around West Dean by photography or sketching. Or focusing on these elements within individual research and working methods to translate into felt.
By various fibre mixing methods including using the College's drum carder, the transition from one colour to another will be discovered. Initially exploring tonal shapes and then introducing colour to develop an understanding of tonal contrasts in fibre and fabric. Composition will be explored by brief exercises using collage with art materials or pre felts, for a deeper understanding of the spatial effects colour can create.
Resist techniques will be demonstrated and suggestions of its application for individual projects will be advised. Producing interesting surfaces and passages within the felt structure with the possibilities of three-dimensional forms. The felt technique offers the opportunity to play with layering various fibres and fabric, or adding stitch to manipulate the felt surface.
You will initially make a set of samples, working towards a series of ideas for a design folder and/or a finished item, depending on what emerges through the process. The tutor will give demonstrations as well as individual tutorials, group discussion and power point presentation.
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)
What will students gain if they come on one of your courses? We will explore the potential of design ideas at each stage of the felt making process, enjoy the surprises and discoveries in the transformation of materials, and consolidate individual methods and direction for fashion, interiors, installations or art works.