Enjoy the surprises when exploring different methods of colour mixing and manipulating wool tops during the felt process to create subtle textures, marks and surfaces. Varying the proportion and sequences in the layered fibre with the addition of threads and fabric will transform the materials when fully felted.
An initial brief exercise of layering coloured pencils and pastel will heighten your awareness of various mixing possibilities. These will be used to guide the choice of colours when layering the textile materials.
Further structural changes can be developed at pre-felt stage as a soft pre-felt can be pulled or cut for reassembling into new compositions and forms. Adding more coloured wool tops and fabric at this stage will give a stronger depth of colour and texture when fully felted.
The possibilities of hand stitching into the pre-felts or finished felt will be demonstrated and participants can develop this if relevant to their work and ideas.
Your design will develop through this process and in conjunction with other visual references. Initially making a set of samples and working 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 individual encouragement to enable you to discover a personal artist approach to develop felted structures for one-off art works, interior or fashion. Teaching will be a mix of demonstrations as well as individual tutorials, group discussion and a Powerpoint 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 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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