Use traditional embroidery techniques to inform and inspire
contemporary applications. Gain a hand stitch 'vocabulary' and
learn how to interpret drawn marks and sketches made in the gardens
into stitch, to create and combine embroidery elements to inspire
an individual work.
Whilst embroidery has its roots firmly in the past, its rich historical heritage is by no means limited to traditional functions. With contemporary uses as relevant for the 21st century as its historical counterparts were for centuries past, explore the rich potential of subtly subverting technique and exploring elements of stitch relevant to your own individual application on this course.
This course will equip you with a stitch 'vocabulary', heavily drawing upon but not beholden to traditional technique: combined with basic design development, this initial investigation will inform your personal progression as you consider, create and combine embroidery elements to inspire your own outcomes.
Anticipate spending two days on technical grounding before moving on to begin developing personal outcomes using sampling to inspire a personal progression, guided and supported by the tutor, before you start work on a final piece. The tutor will also lead a session on design development and its translation into embroidered outcomes; one morning will be spent drawing in West Dean Gardens, followed by a session on considering how to interpret mark-making and sketches into stitch.
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.
Charlotte Bailey is a hand-embroidery artist who trained at the Royal School of Needlework and works from her studio on the south coast. She has collaborated on commissions from Louis Vuitton and Mary Katrantzou to the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress, and has embroidered for esteemed London ateliers Hand and Lock. More recently she has worked on freelance embellishment for Disney and Netflix projects alongside maintaining her own personal practice.