Collage for textile design
Time: 17:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VO203
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
A structured series of playful experiments and exercises that will introduce you to some methods of using collage and papercutting. These creative techniques will provide you with tools to help develop your textile designs. Whilst exploring the processes of intercutting, sticking, and manipulation of paper, you will research colour, pattern, texture, and scale. You will learn how to look at inspiration and use collage to generate ideas that can be developed in your design work. A range of artists, including Matisse, Rob Ryan and John Piper, will be be explored as we study the visual appeal of collage in fine art and design.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Practical exploration of collage techniques; counter change and silhouettes.
- Paper and materials for collage; considering colour, texture, weight, and pattern.
- Looking at some contemporary artists who use collage in their designs.
- Collating a collection of experimental collage samples, that explore detail, pattern, depth, scale, and colour.
- Experimenting with collage techniques; using layers and intercutting.
- Designing with collage using line, shapes, colour, texture, and pattern.
- Translation of collage samples into textile design ideas.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Apply new skills to translate visual inspiration into collaged samples.
- Use a variety of paper cut and collage techniques to develop your own textile designs.
- Describe the potential applications of collage for creating a new body of work, or in further design projects.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is designed for complete beginners.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- You will need a flat desk space to carry out the cutting and sticking exercises.
- You may wish to complete some of the sampling projects after the course has ended.
Learners will be expected to join and participate in activities posted on the shared Google Classroom. Full details to access the classroom will be provided in advance and a reminder email sent out 3 days before the course starts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- A small selection of different types of papers, these can be collected scraps and offcuts. Consider weight, colour, texture and pattern. Collect old envelopes, wallpaper, photocopies, packaging, magazines, tissue paper etc
- A few of pieces of thin A4 paper; in white, black, and colour.
- Inspirational visual design references; an illustration, image or photo.
- Favourite paper scissors and scalpel and cutting matt.
- Sharp paper scissors.
- Cutting mat and scalpel.
- Pencil or pen.
- Metal ruler.
- Glue stick.
- Sellotape, masking tape, and double-sided tape.
- You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 24hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window.
- We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos You will need to login into our Google classroom before each sessions starts.
- You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth for live sessions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a wide range of courses in contemporary crafts for beginners to advanced learners and professional practitioners. Please browse the website for out upcoming courses.
Lara is a printed textile designer, with a passion for colour, pattern and mark-making. She holds a degree in Fashion and Textile design from Brighton University, and a PgCert in teaching adults. Lara draws inspiration for her designs from landscapes, gardens and foliage. Her colourful and joyful hand-printed fabrics are lyrical and abstracted representations of this environment. She has sold work to major fashion brands, printed scarfs and hangings, and exhibited her intricately printed designs. Lara uses her eclectic repertoire of print, dye and design knowledge to research contemporary printing with natural dyes. These experimental prints inform and shape her current professional practice. Lara is a founding member of Ceres; an eco- conscious trio who collaborate on environmental and sustainable design projects. Lara enjoys sharing her creative ideas; and is short course tutor at University of the Arts London, West Dean College, and other education venues. At City Lit, she teaches a range of specialist courses that include; shibori and indigo, drawing for textile design, dye techniques, and natural dye printing.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.