This course will introduce you to a range of traditional and experimental techniques in which to represent water in woven tapestry.
The aim is to encourage you to be experimental with the traditional approach to weaving. Working directly from visual inspiration, you will learn how to think through and plan your tapestry experiments before going on to set up some samples on a small frame loom. With the tutor, you will look at different ways of warping your loom and consider how your choice of materials, for both warp and weft, can impact the character of the final work.
Your samples will explore a range of traditional tapestry techniques, from eccentric and floating weft to translucency and colour overly, before going on to experiment with the three-dimensional manipulation of warp and weft to express the movement and flow of water.
You will be expected to explore a personal line of enquiry into the subject of water and will be encouraged to develop a series of samples relating to your inspiration. This will be supported by the tutor’s samples, demonstrations, discussions and visual materials. By the end of the workshop, you should expect to have completed a small collection of samples exploring your water theme. These ideas and experiments will give you the confidence to go on to develop ideas for a finished tapestry.
How to present samples and experimental weaving also creates a challenge. You often have to plan how it will be finished and presented before you start weaving. At the end of the workshop, we will take time to consider the appropriate way to finish and present your work for exhibition and display.
This course is for those who already have a grasp of the basics of woven tapestry techniques, including how to warp up a frame loom.
Mid-winter school week – 5-10 December
Kyra Cane, Mark Cazalet, Cas Holmes, Fiona Hutchison, Helen Turner.
This group of five courses works with the common thread of encouraging you to refresh your creative output and inspire new work over the coming winter months. They are suitable for intermediate and advanced artists and makers.
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)
Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, Fiona divides her time between teaching, weaving commissions and working for exhibitions. Exhibiting regularly in UK and internationally, building up a special relationship with artists all over the world. Winning awards from the Scottish Arts Council, Sasakawa & Dawia Foundations and Theo Moorman Trust.