What is the course about?
This course is for beginners and those who wish to refresh and broaden their knowledge of the processes of making felt by hand. As well as covering essential felting skills you will be introduced to the history of traditional nomadic felts from Central Asia as well as the exciting contemporary uses of felt in fashion, interior design and sculpture.
What will we cover?
We will cover mark making and drawing with wool fibre, creating textural surfaces, making felt balls and cords. The course will also cover the magical felting technique of forming seamless 3D structures that can be used for bags, hats and sculptural objects.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Prepare and blend coloured wool fibres for felting
- Make samples of felt incorporating simple designs and mark making
- Create texture in the felt using a variety of threads and fibres
- Make felt balls and cords
- Use a resist technique to create seamless 3D structures
- Talk about the history of felt and its use by contemporary artists and designers.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
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?
The course will be hands on with demonstrations by the tutor, hand-outs, individual tuition and informal group discussions. There will be a presentation of felt designs from around the world. The use of a sketchbook to record your thoughts and develop your design ideas 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.
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 is an excellent introduction to
VX972 Felt making: experimental 2D to 3D techniques
VX102 Constructed textiles with basketry and felt
VX317 Try it out: nuno felting.
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