A short introduction to laser cutting
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
Some experience on Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator is required.
Course Code: VW270
Available start dates
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course begins with image and artwork development in Adobe Illustrator. You will create a range of simple
motifs and patterns that can be laser cut in a range of materials including cotton, plywood, paper, and leather. You
will receive technical support, individual encouragement and group tuition.
Designs can come from a wide range of resources such as your own images, imported from the web, text and
words (e.g. your name) and repeating geometric shapes. A range of fabric and paper samples will be created that
you can use for your portfolio or further develop them to use within personal projects.
What will we cover?
- Introduction to Illustrator: exploring tools, importing images, creating simple all-over vector based patterns and
- Creating laser cut paper and fabric: testing and sampling, selecting suitable materials and fabrics, checking
and exporting files.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use Illustrator to create a simple vector file suitable for laser cutting.
- Understand how the laser-cutting machine works.
- Know which materials can safely be cut by laser.
- Make and evaluate laser cut samples in different materials.
- Apply laser-cutting technology to small personal project ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginner’s course,no previous experience of laser cutting needed. Some experience of using
Photoshop or Illustrator is desirable but not necessary. The basics will be taught.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The first class will introduce students to the studio, facilities and the laser cutter. You will see examples of laser
cut samples. Demonstrations and set tasks in using Illustrator to design text that can be laser cut from paper
and/or fabric.In the second class we will explore more tools in Illustrator and apply these to a personal design that can be laser cut from fabric or paper.You will be encouraged to take part in group discussion and feedback.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- A USB stick to take away any files you make.
- A notebook, pen and visual references for inspiration such as drawings, photographs, images from magazines etc.
- Sample cotton fabrics and cartridge paper will be supplied, however students may wish to bring their own
materials for cutting such as leather, silk etc. Please check on Google that it is suitable for laser cutting.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit runs a selection of courses in Digital & Contemporary crafts, 3D design and Jewellery where you could explore what you have learnt on this course further. Please browse the website for upcoming courses.
Suk Han LEEs original print designs have been used by many international fashion brands and retailers such as Halston, Calvin Klein, Whistles, Reiss, KIN by John Lewis, ASOS and Sweaty Betty. She launched new print collections twice a year at Premiere Vision in Paris and worked closely with sales representatives in US and Australia over many years. One of her most recognisible prints in the UK was for a Whistles dress which was worn by Kim Sears while she was attending Andy Murray's winning match during the London Olympics. That particular dress sold out instantly that afternoon! Suk Han LEE graduated with an MA in Fashion Womenswear from the Royal College of Art. She set up her own design studio to pursue her passion not only in print design, but also to explore ideas in sustainable wellness projects.
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.