Illustrated stitch: a masterclass with Rosie James

Course Dates: 27/07/20 - 31/07/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Rosie James

Draw from your own photographs of people and buildings then learn how to stitch those drawings on to cloth using a sewing machine. Add fabric to create a completed contemporary textile artwork.


What is the course about?

On this course you will get out and about looking at city life, through the lens as well as through drawing. You will focus on drawing and photographing people out and about and the architecture that surrounds them, looking at both figures and structure.

You will then reconfigure your drawings and photographs, printing off interesting elements and drawing from the photographs. You will learn how to use the sewing machine to draw with and how to transfer your images onto cloth. Appliqued fabrics and paper will be added using bondaweb and a series of samples will be made exploring different fabrics and papers together. Finally you will put together all you have learned to design and create a completed stitched artwork illustrating the city.

What will we cover?

Drawing, Photography, free machine embroidery, appliqué with bondaweb, designing/composing an artwork, using different fabrics.

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

All students:

- Take considered photographs of crowds and city details.
- Make drawings from photographs.
- Transfer a drawing/photograph onto cloth
- Use a sewing machine to do free machine embroidery
- Use bondaweb to attach fabric/paper to a background.
- Compose/arrange/design a finished piece using these techniques.

Students with experience:
- Develop considered composed work reflecting the city
- Add to drawing repertoire, bringing the urban landscape to embroidery.
- Improve and add to existing machine stitching skills.

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

This course is open to all from beginners to experts. If you are a beginner you will have time to practice your free machining skills. Whilst the more expert will have the chance to develop a more complicated piece of work depending on experience.

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

Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged. You do not have to do any work outside the class, but you may want to work on drawings and ideas, and practice using your own sewing machine.

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

Basic materials are included. You will need to bring your own camera (you can use your phone) to the first session. You will also need to print out the photographs you have taken which will incur some cost.

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

You may wish to move onto a longer project based textile course such as Stitched Textiles VX954 or try out a broader approach to textiles in City Lit Textiles: mixed media VX950 / VX953 or City Lit Textiles: surface, structure, stitch VX951 / VX955.

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A good mix of ages and abilities, apart from the tutorage, we were able to learn from each other as well.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/08/2019)
Go for it. You will have fun and learn new ways of stitch
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/08/2019)
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Book your place

Course Code: VX222

Mon-Fri, eve, 27 Jul - 31 Jul '20

Duration: 5 sessions

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £209.00
Concession: £127.00

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