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Live online course – Folk art narratives, stitched and mixed media textiles with Anne Kelly

Ref: SCW10800

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About this course

Create a personal response to the folk art theme using a variety of printing and mixed media collage techniques. Learn how to assemble and stitch a piece of hanging art work.

Delivered in a live session via Zoom on the dates shown.

Course Description

“Rooted deep in our history and culture, folk art evokes memories of home and childhood no matter where we are.” Anne Kelly ‘Textile Folk Art’, Batsford Books, 2018

Explore the popular and timeless theme of folk art and narratives to create a unique and personal hanging piece of textile art. Using resources from the tutor’s collection and your own, you will create a unique piece which will be translated into an art textile based work. Develop your own personal response through practical printing and stitching techniques as you progress through the course.

From samplers to quilts in Europe and the USA, to tribal and nomadic cloth in Mongolia and China, folk and traditional designs have played a crucial part in the development of textile art and craft. Using fragments of recycled, upcycled and newly printed cloth, you will create a language for expressing your own interpretation of the theme. The textiles that you choose through these development processes will inform your collaged hanging piece. Your inspiration will be enhanced by some patternmaking based on the tutor’s collections of objects and reference materials and any that you have collected.

Anne favours the use of simple printing and stencilling techniques using low impact materials that mirror the naïve and expressive quality of folk art textiles. These also combine well with vintage or upcycled textiles.

The piece that emerges from your exploration will take the form of an art textile hanging work in progress, advanced enough to finish with minor embellishing after the course.

You will explore: 
• Printing and stencilling techniques for textiles
• Collage and applique textile techniques with stitch
• Creating an art textile hanging piece with hand and/or machine stitching (optional)

Using a mixture of demonstrations and individual tuition, you will be able to visualise and develop your ideas and narratives in textiles. Your tutor will show samples of her works and books as well as examples of the genre to help you to be supported and grow in confidence through the course.

09.00 – 09.15 All students to join via Zoom
09.15 – 10.45 Introductions, health and safety and demonstration, Q+A followed by independent study with tutor support
10.45 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 12.45 Teaching, Q+A followed by independent study, with tutor support
12.45 – 14.00 lunch
14.00 – 15.45 Teaching, Q+A, independent study with tutor support
15.45 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 17.00 Plenary and next steps

Course Materials

What you need

Please read and familiarise yourself with the the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. 
It may also be useful to have close to hand – a secondary device to join via the Zoom link is recommended if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet, but please turn the sound off).

You will also need to have:
Images, books and vintage textiles for inspiration that connect with the theme, and the workbook emailed to you with the Zoom link.
Indian printing blocks or rubber stamps on the theme if you have them, an artificial sponge (car washing or washing up, not natural), palette or plastic mixing tray, acrylic and/or fabric paints (optional or if you have them)  in your preferred colours 
Scalpel and cutting board or small sharp paper scissors 
A piece of A4 cartridge or photocopying paper
Basic sewing equipment for hand stitching and/or sewing machine work (optional). The kit should include needles for handstitching, pins, scissors, hand and machine threads in your preferred colours
Vintage textiles (charity shop finds or from your stash) old embroidered hankies, tray cloths, tablecloths, napkins. The more ‘distressed’ the better! They don’t have to be  in pristine condition – fragments and scraps are most welcome.
Any scraps or remnants from your collections that are natural fabrics (cotton, linen or canvas) that suit the theme.
Lace, ribbon and button for embellishing – again in your preferred colours
Some plain calico or old sheeting in smaller pieces for printing, and one large background piece no bigger than a metre square
Apron and plastic gloves if you are sensitive to paint
Sketchbook or scrapbook to help with your design, if desired 
A good clear work surface, next to your tablet/laptop.

It is always helpful before the course to have a think about your preferred imagery or inspirations connected with the theme (make a little mood board or collection in a scrap or sketchbook). We will have time on the first day to discuss your ideas and to adapt them to our theme.


What skill level do I need to take a course?
Our online courses are each given a level of study to ensure you pick the right course for you;
Beginners - Suitable for those with little or no experience of the subject
Intermediate – If you have taken a related course or have existing skills
Suitable for all - With content that can be engaged with on different levels.

What format does the course take?
Our online live-streamed courses run each day from 9am-5pm.

After admitting all students to Zoom between 9am-9.15am, the tutor will introduce the course at 9.15am promptly and give a demonstration or warm-up exercise with a chance to ask questions before independent study with tutor support.  This pattern is followed throughout the day as additional tasks are introduced, concluding in the final session with a round up and discussion on next steps.

Is the course taught live?
Yes, the course is taught live via Zoom.

Will the course be recorded?
No, the course will not be recorded.

How many people will be on the course?
There are a maximum of 10-12 places for most courses, depending on the subject. Some lecture courses may take more students.

How do I sign up for a course?
Follow the online booking process to sign up for a course.

Can I use a College gift voucher for online courses?
Yes, simply enter the gift voucher code at the online checkout.

How do I access my course?
You will receive a link and password to access the course email, typically within two working days.

What do I need to set up or prepare before the course starts:
Find yourself a quiet place to work, away from background noise and distractions during the core teaching times. Prepare a workstation, ideally with a good sized work-surface or table, adjacent to your computer, and with enough space to layout your assembled materials and tools ready for the start of the day. Also assemble any materials listed on the course details which will not be supplied in any materials kit sent to you, if included in the course. (If your course includes materials, this will be clearly stated in the course materials section above).

Ensure you read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. We recommend doing this several days in advance to avoid technical issues on the day.

What computer set-up will I need to take a course?
You can join a zoom meeting on a computer or laptop – Mac, PC – with Internet connection, a webcam, microphone and speakers (usually in-built). You need high speed Wi-Fi with full bars signal that doesn’t drop out Internet connection and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below).

You will need an email account to sign up for a course and an up-to-date web browser.

To join the course simply click on the link in your confirmation email and follow the instructions on the screen. You can access Zoom via the web browser or app. For help joining a meeting see Zoom support here

It is also useful to have the following close to hand - a secondary device to join via the Zoom link is recommended if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet), if possible.

Some of the course resources may be presented as PDF files, which will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

What web browser do you recommend?
PC users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Edge 12+, Internet Explorer 11+ are supported.
Mac users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Safari 7+ are supported.

Please be sure to keep your browser updated. If you need to upgrade your browser, go to your browser manufacturer's website and download the most recent version.

Phones and tablets – download the Zoom mobile app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).

What do I do if I experience technical issues?
Support setting up Zoom, including helpful videos can be accessed on their website here and support centre here.

We recommend setting up and testing Zoom a few days in advance of your course to ensure you do not have problems on the day. If you have checked the technical requirements above and are using a suitable browser but the problem persists, email (Monday-Friday, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only) with the details of your problem (including a screenshot if useful) for advice.

I’ve lost my login details, what do I do?
If you have deleted your login information please contact (Monday-Friday, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only).

I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to do this course, what can I do?
Please contact immediately if you have changed your mind, within 14 days of booking. Please also refer to our Terms and Conditions when booking. For any other queries about online courses please contact

For courses that included a posted materials pack: (this will be stated clearly in the course materials list above). Please only book this course online if you live on the UK mainland.  The costs included in the course fee do not cover areas outside of the UK mainland.  See note below.

Can I do this course if I live overseas?
If you live overseas (including Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle of Man), please email the Bookings Office with your address and contact details, do not book the course online.  Our team will then ascertain whether we are able to post the materials to you and, if so, the additional cost.  We will then let you know and you can decide whether or not to go ahead with the booking.  Please note that delivery of the materials box to an overseas address may also take longer.

What is included in the materials pack?
Included materials are listed in the ‘Course materials’ section above.

When should I expect to receive my materials pack?
Your pack will be posted to arrive 1-2 days before your course starts. It will be delivered by courier. Currently, these can only be posted to mainland UK addresses - please see note above if you live overseas.

Who do I contact if I haven’t received my materials pack or it is missing an item?
Please contact (Monday-Friday) within two days of the course start date.


Anne Kelly

Anne is a textile artist, author and tutor based in Kent. She is the author of three books for Batsford Press and exhibits and tutors throughout the UK and internationally. 

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