This course offers you the chance to creatively develop a variety of textile skills, as you explore the vibrant colours and patterns of Indian textiles.
Applied fabrics, fabric painting, machine and hand embroidery will be combined to create unique designs. Natural fabrics will be pieced and layered, creating textured backgrounds. Paper collage will facilitate the development of colour schemes before painting the layered fabrics with water based fabric pigments.
The art of block printing textiles by hand is a thriving activity in India and the wooden blocks are individually carved by hand. A selection of wooden Indian printing blocks will be used to embellish the surface, and freehand machine and hand embroidery will be worked into the designs.
On this course you will:
• Create a unique design inspired by Indian textiles
• Develop freehand machine embroidery skills, learning to ‘draw’ with your machine
• Combine assorted fabrics in order to create textured surfaces
• Apply surface decoration using wooden printing blocks
After demonstrations of the techniques, you will be encouraged to develop individual designs, with guidance and encouragement from the tutor. Group reviews will be held during and at the end of the course, so that ideas can be shared and discussed.
During the first evening session, the tutor will give an illustrated talk about her textile visit to India. Design sources will be discussed to inspire your work and you will begin preparing fabric samples.
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)
Wendy Dolan is an experienced textile artist, tutor and lecturer, specialising in freehand machine embroidery. She is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and author of Layer, Paint and Stitch.