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Create interesting textile surface decoration taking inspiration from flora, fauna and foliage including sea shells, flowers, seed heads, insects and more.  

What will you learn on this course?

This course offers a practical introduction to textile surface decoration through an exploration of a particular theme.

We will experiment with a wide variety of textile techniques and look at the work of past and present artists who have used the natural world to inspire their work including Georgia O’Keefe, William Morris, Cas Holmes, Michael Brennand-Wood, Monet and J M W Turner.

The theme will run throughout the year but each term will concentrate on different techniques:

Autumn term

We will experiment with techniques to create new tactile fabrics using manipulation, heat steam wax or stitch.

We will draw inspiration from the stylised enlarged flowers by Georgia O Keefe, Vincent van Gogh’s sunflowers or Kaffe Fassett’s cabbages. Participants will learn a variety of techniques including wet and dry felting, batik, foiling, weaving and working with fibres which respond to heat including Angelina fibres, tyvek and more.

Spring Term

We will create a selection of colourful printed fabric samples decorated with butterflies, bees, or botanical patterns using a wide variety of different techniques including screen, mono, lino, transfer and block printing.

We will use die cutters and rubber stamps but also learn how to design and make individual hand cut resists to make our mark. Our prints can be embellished with hand embroidery machine stitching and free motion embroidery using dissolvable plastics and papers.

Summer Term

Inspired by the delights of the French Impressionist Claude Monet and his garden at Giverny, this term will include dyeing fabric and threads using natural sources including the sun, ice, plants, soil and rust. We will look at mixed media techniques to use for assembling our samples using contemporary patchwork and applique techniques.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. It is suitable for people who are both completely new to textiles and those who wish to learn new approaches to design and develop their skills further.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. Students can be accompanied by a carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

This course involves working at low tables and good dexterity is needed in your hands.

Do you need to bring anything?

Please bring an A4 or larger ring bound sketchbook and/or plastic wallet to keep your samples in.

All other materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to provide the items listed above at your own expense. Ring bound scrapbook approx. £8.50.

Who teaches this course?

Helen Lane

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