What is the course about?
Investigate the different ways wax can be used on paper and fabric; as a resist to create surface decoration, and a medium to alter the structure of a surface. Initially you will explore pattern and mark making, using a range of wax resist techniques to produce a variety of exciting coloured papers and fabrics. These will provide the basis for your investigations into the properties of wax. Experiment with the techniques of translucency, structure and stitch. Work in a dimensional manner, layering, manipulating and constructing your final samples.
What will we cover?
· Identify different methods of applying wax as a resist, printing, brushing, tjanting, crackling.
· Apply a range of techniques to fabric and paper
· Apply colour, choosing appropriate media for fabric and paper
· Construct dimensional samples using stitch and wire
· Evaluate and refine ideas
· Identify health and safety issues.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate different methods of applying wax
Produce a range of fabrics and paper that explore colour, pattern and mark making
Use patching, layering and basic hand stitch
Students with some experience will also:
Create a set of samples that combine a range of techniques
Demonstrate use of dimension and construction in samples
Use wire in a sensitive and responsive manner.
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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be set practical exercises, which are supported by demonstrations, discussions, illustration and handouts. Tutorials will take place individually, with small groups and with the group as a whole.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials are provided. However, you will need to provide a range of your own thin weight coloured fabrics and range of light weight papers to include tissue paper and printed papers.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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