For artists, embroiderers in particular, who wish to explore observational starting points and develop personal ideas through cloth and hand stitch. With a pared down palette of natural colours and materials you will explore the techniques of cut work, darning, applique, layering and inlay using transparent materials as well as your favourite cloth qualities. You will work towards developing an individual series of work from your own imagery using your own visual language.
The course will encourage you to understand how links and connections are made with your work and yourself, it is not about producing one piece of work, but about reinforcing a work process that you will revisit constantly afterwards and it will give you the skills to develop your practice further.
You will benefit from the tutor's experience and belief that stripping work down to bare formal elements can help us to understand ourselves, especially our likes and dislikes, and develop our individual visual language. Some embroiderers feel they have to draw but do not necessarily know why. This course will show you how to ‘draw for a reason’. It will also open a dialogue of ‘what is drawing?’
Within the generous timescale, the tutor will share their philosophy about linking paper and cloth qualities, and also mark and stitch. You will have the opportunity to discuss and explore abstract and conceptual approaches by simplifying and experimenting with cloth and thread in a three dimensional form to achieve the desired qualities from your initial observations.
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.
Having trained in Embroidery Amanda is still obsessed by the purity of thread and cloth. She is now working freelance after an enjoyable and satisfying few decades working on Art Foundation courses. She enjoys sharing her practice with others and is particularly interested in the way we all respond to similar elements with our own visual language.