Explore the inspirational qualities of using wax resist and
shibori techniques to create pattern on silk using vibrant
steam-fixed dyes. Gain confidence in creative design as you learn
to plan a scarf pattern, consider colour and different silk weights
to effectively express individual ideas.
Students at all levels are welcome on this course. Beginners will learn the basics of wax resist, some shibori techniques such as folding, clamping and tying, and direct application of dyes. If you have more experienced you will be encouraged to develop your existing skills in applying design and pattern to silk. You will be encouraged to make experimental samples to explore tools and techniques before working on finished scarves. There will be guidance on planning scarf designs, transferring designs to scarves and fabric, and the use of different silk weights to effectively express individual designs. Anyone who doesn't feel confident about drawing, planning and creative design is especially welcome.
You will be able to create several scarves, although you may choose to work on just one or two pieces. You are welcome to bring ideas, swatches or sketches and designs for discussion with the tutor before beginning finished pieces.
The course will feature a general session on sourcing inspiration, developing it into designs, and learning from examples of surface pattern designed to occupy a set shape. This will consider aspects of colour schemes and balance, mood, negative space, texture etc from a selection of books, images or samples. There will be an informal discussion of thoughts and ideas on the theme of inspiration for silk scarves and textiles. The tutor will bring examples of her work and sketchbooks as a further means to illustrate how ideas can be channelled into finished 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, 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)
Please note: Work that is completed late on in the course can be steamed by the tutor in her studio. She will return it to students by post for the cost of postage and packing, payable direct to her.
Isabella trained as a graphic designer and worked in industry before 'discovering' textiles during extended travels in Asia. She specialises in resist-dyeing, enjoying an international following as artist and tutor. Isabella is also known for historical research into natural dyes, and is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.