What is the course about?
If you have learnt the basics of making felt or you are an experienced felt maker wanting to broaden your knowledge of the subject then this is the course for you. Learn about the traditions and contemporary uses of felt and generate new ideas and techniques for personal projects.
What will we cover?
There will be a presentation of traditional and contemporary felts from around the world to deepen your knowledge of the subject, its properties and applications.
There will be demonstrations of a number of processes including precision layering and moulding 3D hollow forms that can be used to make a wide variety of items from sculptural pieces to functional bags or slippers and hats. You will have the opportunity to felt with different wools, experimenting with a variety of British fleeces.
You will be encouraged to build upon your existing skills, which will vary from person to person. There will be a chance in the first session to discuss an individual plan of learning to suit you. You will be able to develop your own project through research exercises and will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook to help develop ideas and record your interests.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Talk about traditional and contemporary uses of felt
- Make 3D hollow felt and mould around a form
- Have an understanding of the felting properties of various different wools
- Have the skills and confidence to develop personal projects and produce an individual body of work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for intermediate and advanced students. It is for students who have some knowledge of basic felting processes and wish to develop their skills and/or personal projects.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to make basic measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be hands on with demonstrations by the tutor, handouts, individual tuition and informal group discussions. The use of a sketchbook to record your thoughts and develop your work will be encouraged and basic research methods discussed. There will be recommendations for books and information on current exhibitions that you can visit in your own time. You will learn how to use tools, equipment, and materials safely in the workshop.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials will be provided but if you are working on a large-scale project you will be asked to purchase wool fibres. You may bring your own materials if you wish.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course acts as a solid base for any other embroidery course, should you wish to get involved in a longer period of study. Your tutor will assist you in selecting the best way to progress. For advice on other visual arts courses at City Lit please phone 020 7492 2700.
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