Create felted structures for one-off art works. We will experiment with blends and colour on paper and felt, and with composition and form using felt collage techniques, adding different fabrics, appliqué and stitch.
This course aims to help you to develop an awareness of the blends and proportion of colour, both on paper and in the structure of felt.
You will explore the mixing of colour with various art materials and positioning them in paper collages. Experiencing these different proportions of colour and texture will highlight the potential of the dyed wool tops within each stage of the felt making process. We will consider various proportions and sequences in the various methods of layering wool in the structure of felt.
Structural changes can be developed at pre-felt stage by collaging and adding different fabrics. After fully felting, the surface can be altered again by reassembling with appliqué and stitch techniques. New surprises will be created in the transformation of materials and ideas for composition and form.
Your design will develop through this process and in conjunction with other visual references. You will initially make a set of samples and then work towards a series of ideas for a design folder and/or a finished item, depending on what emerges through the process. The tutor will offer encouragement to enable you to discover a personal approach to develop felted structures for one-off art works, interior or fashion.
Various art materials for colour mixing and collage will be used as well as a selection of fabrics and threads with hand felting and stitch.
The tutor will give demonstrations as well as individual tutorials, group discussion and presentation.
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)
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.