Explore the use of layers and transparency by altering found textiles and papers through a variety of mark-making, hand and machine stitch and textile technique with dyes and shadow prints to create new surfaces for stitch. You will be encouraged to take risks, develop ideas through sketchbooks with a strong emphasis on inventive use of found and reclaimed material as an inspirational source, as you progress with individual projects.
We explore transparency, and the use of layered dyes and paints to create new surfaces for stitch. This includes use of sun-printed (weather allowing) and related paint and dye processes to create transparent and opaque marks using found and plant materials gathered around West Dean to make shadow prints.
Your visual narrative will take inspiration from torn and old materials such as handkerchiefs, nylon/net curtain and vintage fabrics, which will be further stitched and layered. You will be encouraged to take risks, develop ideas through sketchbooks with a strong emphasis on inventive use of material as you progress with individual projects. The outcome will be samples and small pieces demonstrating your own creative direction and experiments in the use of found materials, whilst gaining confidence in working from your own resource material.
Materials and techniques covered:
• Painting, dyeing and mark making methods
• Exploration of fabrics, paper and found materials, as resource and inspiration
• Hand and machine stitching broadly based on layering and piecing techniques used in artist' own practice
• Developing stitch as line of drawing.
• Imaginative use of reference material and sketchbooks as a creative tool
• Use of found and reclaimed materials as an inspirational source
In the first session, having outlined the course, the tutor may set a group exercise. There will be a demonstration on use of sketchbook and a chance to take photographs and gather materials for transfer and printing. There will also be an opportunity to talk about your own ideas for their work.
Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your summer school week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:
Special Summer School features:
• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work
• A swap-over session to another course of your choice
• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (pre-booked)
• A celebration with dinner, entertainment and music
• Workshop displays of students' work and informal end-of-course group reviews
Timetable for Summer Schools
Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.
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).
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 should vacate their rooms by 10am please.
The course is based on using found materials. The list is intended as a guide, feel free to bring any favoured media. Collect sketches, images, photos, appropriate to the optional theme OR bring similar source material to develop your own personal theme and ideas. We will also be making reference to West Dean as a source.
Bring any items you already have but don't purchase anything especially until you have spoken to the tutor on the first day of your course, as some shared items are also provided in the course fee.
Basic sewing equipment:
Cas Homes studied in Fine Art, Maidstone College of Art (UCA) in the eighties before a further study in Japanese art, textiles and papermaking in Japan under a Japan Foundation Fellowship and a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship. She is a tutor at West Dean College alongside other adult education and community projects. Cas has also published work including; Textile Landscape, The Found Object in Textile Art, Stitch Stories, and Connected Cloth.