Investigate formal and more organic possibilities of manipulating the surface into relief and three-dimensional structures. Drawing on aspects of shibori, origami, sublimation printing and contemporary approaches to materials you will crumple, crush, fold, pleat, and colour to create exploratory pieces with potential application for fashion, accessories, interiors or textile art.
Examine a range of techniques found in shibori and origami for structural inspiration, and explore aspects of these through using folding, pleating, stitching, crumpling and crushing, and the making of two-part origami moulds. Investigation of the formal and more organic possibilities of these methods of structuring the surface will involve working with paper as a quick means of generating ideas. Heat setting processes using steam, will be used to reshape the fabric surfaces into two-dimensional surfaces or three-dimensional structures. You will look at the behavioural properties of different fibres and their capacity to be set temporarily (natural fibres) or more permanently (synthetics), taking on the memory of what has been done to them.
As the work progresses, you will be introduced to ideas of enhancing the form using colour through simple and immediate methods of marking the surface through transfer (sublimation printing on synthetics). You will be encouraged to combine and select from techniques to develop individual interests and approaches. Ideas will be discussed in relation to concepts generated through the processes used.
A feature of the Summer School is an immersive learning experience with more time to develop your creativity and embrace further opportunities for creative development beyond your chosen course.
Several early evening creative sessions (5.10pm - 7pm) are planned throughout the week. Extra activities will differ this year in response to social distancing. A detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:
• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work
• Sign up early evening tutor-led drawing sessions in the garden
• Time to relax or explore in the tranquil West Dean Gardens
• Take a break from your course with some free time on Tuesday afternoon, from 3.30-5pm
• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios
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.
Caroline trained in printed textiles before completing a postgraduate at Goldsmiths and an MA in Public Art. Her practice employs various textile processes and has included responses to historic locations and museum collections. She exhibits in the U.K. and internationally and her work is represented in several public collections.