What is the course about?
This is a cross-discipline course, taught by two experienced and specialist tutors working closely together to deliver an exciting new course. Through practical work and some visual research you will learn and explore some basic random weave basketry, felt and constructed textiles techniques eg weave and stitch. This course would be of interest to basketry, textiles, jewellery and sculpture students, or for anyone wanting to have a new experience of making.
What will we cover?
Come with an open mind to explore, experiment and push the boundaries to look at ways in which these techniques might be combined to produce a small finished piece of work; this could be combined in the same piece of have a clear relationship between the two techniques or materials worked with. Or you may prefer to work on a small collection of samples as a springboard for future exploration.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Source and prepare suitable materials for random weave basketry
- Source and prepare suitable materials for felting
- Demonstrate how to use basic random weaving and felting techniques
- Investigate links between these processes to explore potential outcomes
- Describe how you might make similar work independently from the same or similar materials.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for beginners in basketry/felt/textiles, students with some previous experience in any of these techniques, students who’d like to spend time - often hard to find - to explore a new approach to working. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a mix of demonstrations together with verbal explanations by the tutors; you will be given handouts to support these. You will have opportunities to observe and handle samples and examples of work.
There will be a short slide presentation to introduce the course and work by contemporary makers working in the fields of basketry and felting. There will be a small amount of homework eg continuing with work started in classes, preparation for next session, guided visual research, and collecting a small amount of additional found materials (optional).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials and equipment are provided. Small quantities of additional/alternative materials may be available to buy from the tutors.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The tutors will provide information about further basketry, felting and textiles courses coming up at City Lit next year (September 19 - July 20).
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details