What is the course about?
This course is inspired by the richly embroidery textiles of India. There will be an opportunity to handle and respond to a range of the tutors textiles ; Phulkari’s from the Punjab region, Banjara pieces from Rajasthan. You will begin by examining a variety of traditional techniques ; mirror work, hand embroidery and appliqué . The aim will be to use set exercises to stretch and redefine these traditional methods, experimenting and playing with these techniques to create contemporary samples. During the course you will work with both fabric and paper appliqué, non traditional and traditional embellishments, and a combination of hand stitches.
What will we cover?
- Techniques commonly used in Phulkari work and Banjara textiles
- Appliqué methods - hemmed , sawtooth edging
- A range of hand stitches ; surface satin stitch , chain, open chain, herringbone
- Different methods of applying mirrors and found objects
- How to generate ideas for experimental samples
- Scale and colour.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify different techniques used in Phulkari and Banjara textiles
- Produce a set of samples inspired by tutors textile collection
- Use appliqué and basic hand stitch
Students with some experience will also:
- Create a set of samples that combine a range of techniques
- Demonstrate a range of hand stitches used in an expressive manner.
- Apply non traditional embellishment to samples.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for all levels; beginners will be introduced to basic techniques and to some hand stitching. More experienced students will have the opportunity to try a wider range of approaches, techniques and build on existing skills. Please be aware that the class will be made up of students of differing levels of experience. This course is an idea follow on from VX203 Experimental hand stitch.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, handouts 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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Basic materials are provided. However, you will need to provide a range of your own coloured fabrics, a small range of papers and any embellishments (mirrors, etc) you wish to use.
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?
VX341 Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles
VX952 City Lit textiles: colour, print, pattern
VX438 Illustraive embroidery for textiles.