This course explores the possibilities that open up when we think about using less and creating more with what we already have. Especially since the textile industry, in terms of energy and toxicity of production and landfill-waste, contributes significantly to carbon emissions and global warming.
Learning simple screenprinting techniques using paper cut stencils and open screen work, you will be introduced to mixing colour by hand with pigments and textile binders. The tutor will guide you through experiments with preloved or waste fabric or textiles, as you combine print with traditional needlework techniques to create exciting new textile pieces that consciously address and re-imagine the value of waste. Practical demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, and group critiques aim to develop your confidence and the ability to express your ideas.
You will look at scale, line and form, and how to interpret inspirational imagery and translate your ideas. This will be based on simple imagery you bring for your creative explorations, such as drawings, sketches, sketchbooks, clippings and photos. Consideration will be given to textures and weight, and construction, and the application of colour on to existing textures, patterns and prints. You will learn and develop skills in mixing colour, basic stencil screenprinting, composition, hand embroidery and machine techniques. Also, how to create tension and interest through stitched details, line and appliquéd elements.
This course has a creative and experimental focus, rather then an end or final product. However, discussion may include directions and uses and there will be the opportunity to develop unique functional pieces, such as homewares, artworks or series of 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 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)
Maxine Sutton makes contemporary embroidered and printed textiles which move across the boundaries of craft, art and design. She trained in Fine Art at Kent and in Constructed Textiles at the RCA.
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