City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch

Course Dates: 12/01/22 - 30/03/22
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Investigate textile structures and surfaces through this project based course. Develop an experimental portfolio of 2 and 3D stitched samples, sketchbook research and aim towards a finished piece.
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Course Code: VX955

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Full Wed, day, 12 Jan - 30 Mar '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

An Investigation, exploration and discovery in textiles.This term you will be learning about stitch, structure, and manipulation. It is a very practical course. You will initially learn how to explore a set theme in a personal way through a variety of techniques and design processes. Working on creative technical samples, designs and in your sketchbook you will develop an understanding of the materials potential and your own interests as you experiment and explore.

Through the development of your initial samples, visual research, drawing, sketchbook and discussion you will be able to work on a personal project that aims at you producing a more finished piece of work or series of portfolio pieces. This may be 3d, relief or 2d depending on what you want.

You will be introduced to a variety of contemporary textile artist work through power point shows to help you develop your sketchbooks and inform your own textile practice.

Advanced students or students that have attended previous terms will be able to use and extend the possibilities of these techniques.

The course is structured across a year to provide a varied experience but can be taken on a termly basis. Each term has a different focus and can be taken in any order.

What will we cover?

You will be introduced to and explore methods of creating relief or 3d structures through the use of stitch as a structuring device. This will include quilting, cording, and layering techniques, exploring the properties of a range of fabrics and threads.

A broad based theme is set each term for you to base your initial ideas, research and experimentation on.
More advanced students will be able to take these techniques and extend their possibilities through further experimentation or application to specific project work. Students who have attended an earlier term may combine their knowledge with this term’s techniques.

Class discussion will revolve around individual project work and the work of artists using related methods and ideas and ways of evaluating and developing work.

Outcomes will vary according to the individuals’ aims and experience. Experimental samples and developmental design work in sketch books will back up either a finished textile piece that could be a practical design or an art textile. Alternatively, you may wish to produce a series of resolved samples for portfolio use.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

1. Use a sketch book to research and develop ideas
2. Interpret this research in sketchbooks and through samples
3. Use a variety of textile materials, together with stitch and manipulation techniques
4. Identify the properties of material and techniques used
5. Produce resolved textile work from your own visual research using stitch and manipulation techniques

More experienced students will be able to:
- Extend the possibilities of these techniques in relation to ideas.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is designed for students relatively new to the area and more advanced students who want to use the course for further textile development. It can be used to explore and develop your own personal mixed media textiles or to begin to build a portfolio for further study. If you are a complete newcomer to textiles (have not used a machine or hand sewing needle before and do not have any art and design experience) you might find it useful to first complete the course VX108 Textiles: basics for beginners, as this will introduce you to the basic principles making it easier to learn further textile techniques within a mixed ability group.

Whatever your level of experience you should be able to follow verbal and written instruction in English so that you can work safely in the workshop.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be practical with group demonstrations of techniques at the start of each session in the first half of the course.

Samples will be shown to give you ideas of the variety of ways you could experiment with the techniques and hand outs will also be provided.

The second half of the course is for your personal project. You will be given individual help where needed and additional techniques may be added as your work develops. You will be shown how to use any tools and equipment safely in the workshop.

Various books and journals will be available for you to look for inspiration and information. Sketch books or files will be useful for the storing of samples and any research you may do.

There will be some set homework for the group, for example, collecting images, planning designs and developing samples.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Basic materials are covered in the fees. You may need to supplement this with other materials; fabrics, papers, threads etc to suit specific needs or preference and to provide variation. You should have a sketchbook with you for every session.


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit runs a wide range of courses in contemporary crafts for beginners to advanced learners and professional practitioners. Please browse the website for our upcoming courses.

Louise Baldwin

Louise is a practicing Textile Artist exhibiting work throughout Britain, Europe and Japan. She is a member of the 62 group of Textile artists, Made in Britain and you can usually see Louise’s work at Contemporary Applied Arts in London. Louise work can range from large machine and hand stitch wall pieces to small mixed media constructions and collages. Louise has been teaching for nearly thirty years on various Degrees, Foundation courses and for the last 10 year at the City Lit. She is proud to have seen so many students develop into such fantastic independent artist/designers. Louise lives, teaches and makes art in London.

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.