Recycled fashion: textile embellishment and print

Course Dates: 23/10/21 - 06/11/21
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Reclaim your old fabrics and breathe new life into unused clothing by exploring textile surface manipulation techniques and print methods including the Japanese Boro Boro technique.
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Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00

Course Code: VX351

Sat, day, 23 Oct - 06 Nov '21

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This 4 week course will give you the skills and confidence to transform your old garments into new, exciting and creative designs. The course will show you how to reclaim your cast-off garments, including and old T-shirt, by using textile embellishment and surface print to produce new products. The final week will focus on developing a personal project with tutor support that brigns together all the skills and techniques learnt on the course.

What will we cover?

You will be introduced to the sewing machine, trying out a variety of decorative stitch techniques. Upcycling and the Japanese textile technique Boro Boro will be methods covered to use scrap fabrics and garments.
Textile embellishing and surface decoration ideas will be explored, from simplified applications to more ambitious techniques including applique, crazy patchwork, lace inserts, heat transfer print and silk-screen printing processes to help transform your old T-shirt and cast off garments.

Ideas for designs will be developed through visual research, drawing and experimental mark making. Students will be encouraged to keep an on-going file of handouts, samples produced in class, sketchbook and step-by-step photography to record work in progress.

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

-Operate a sewing machine independently and with confidence
-Use a range of textile manipulation methods
-Use range of surface print techniques
-Generate innovate and creative fashion garments or accessories.

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

Although not essential it would be beneficial to have a basic knowledge of drawing and a basic understanding of how to operate a sewing machine.

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

You will be taught as a group and on a 1-1 basis, through powerpoint presentations, set tasks, demonstrations, discussions, hand-outs and group crits. You will be encouraged to continue developing work at home.

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

You will need to collate a variety of existing garments and scrap fabrics; worn or unused it does not matter as long as they are not new. A cotton t-shirt and no less than 2 garments: jackets, denim jeans, striped shirts, dresses etc, an endless range of options, the choice is yours!

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

The techniques learnt on this course can to be translated into a variety of textile outcomes.There are a range of classes in Contemporary Textiles and Crafts where you can explore the possibilities. Please browse the website to view our upcoming courses.

Janie Murphy Tutor Website

Janie Murphy (b.1967 Leamington Spa, UK) studied an MA Degree in Textile Design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London (1993-1995). She has sold work through numerous retail outlets and galleries but more recently through The Artist Support Pledge via Instagram and The Dulwich Artist Open House. Janie currently lives in South London and works from a small studio (converted 1920’s garage) at the end of her garden. She loves drawing, painting and printmaking. Inspiration for work is taken from her environment and the garden. Her observational drawings are developed as Abstract artworks using bright colours, surface overlays, collage and prints. She has experience in teaching adults from all different backgrounds. At City Lit she runs short courses in textiles, recycling fashion and printed textiles. You can see her designs featured on:

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.