Develop new approaches to your current work through initial paper and textile exercises, extending personal ideas and working methods. Various materials and techniques will be introduced to consider embossed surfaces, by using various fibres, fabric, and thread.
A presentation on the first evening will introduce the theme, and these ideas will be explored through a short artwork session the following morning, introducing materials and working methods to heighten your awareness of a process to link with own work.
This new focus will also help you to express and share your work within an allotted time of 20 minutes each in a group discussion. Guidance and encouragement will be given for you to share your concerns and aspirations, working method and future direction. Ideas from the discussion can be developed within your own practice, with individual tutorials throughout the course.
Interesting, embossed surfaces can be made by using various materials below the surface of the felt structure. Synthetic and natural fibres and fabric, lace and ribbons, cords and pre-felts will produce a raised effect of lines, shapes and texture.
Different fabrics can create quilted surfaces and, when stitched onto pre felts, can become very raised when fully felted. Threads below a layer of fabric can suggest Italian quilting and all white materials can resemble white work.
Collage techniques of patchwork and appliqué are used throughout the felting process. A design will develop, depending on what emerges through the process, and in conjunction with other visual references.
You will achieve an understanding of your progression so far and where to move forward in the making, display or promotion of your work, considering ideas or concepts, whether for fashion, interiors or gallery work.
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 until 9pm, 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.
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