What is the course about?
Helping you to push you own individual projects forward creatively with the help of lots of technical and tutorial support. Have to space to work in our creative and well equipped studio, share your ideas and meet other like minded practitioners and receive feedback about your work.
Our studio is well equipped with lots of hand and machine stitch equipment including Bernina sewing machines, Babylock embellishers and smocking machines. Print facilities include small silk screens and mono printing with textile pigments.
We have lots of mark making tools, drawing equipment paint brushes etc. A heat press for transfer dyes or heat setting as well as irons, hair dryers and related equipment.
Please make contact with visual arts if you need to enquire about a specific piece of equipment.
What will we cover?
The course will be built around your own individual needs with regard to technical process, essentially it is a space that you can use to progress a project that you are working on, with support from the Tutor.
Individual and group discussion will be organised to help to drive your work forward .
Suggestions may be made regarding technique or process but these will be on an individual basis.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use the studio as a creative space to develop your work in.
- Discuss and evaluate your current project in a positive way
- Contribute to group discussions about other students work
- Consider alternative approaches or techniques if appropriate to you current project.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at people that have some experience of textiles and are able to work independently and safely once shown where the equipment is.
This course is also for students that have a particular textile project that they are working towards and need a creative space to work in and receive feedback for.
New techniques will be shown in response to individuals or small groups needs after tutorial discussion.
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?
As this course is about your own practice and developing it within the Textile studio, the homework is really up to you but advice will be given during tutorials regarding research or preparation that would be needed.
To take full advantage of the time and space you should allow time to develop and plan for the next week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring any work that you have been doing regarding your current project in progress so that it can used to look at in discussions. This may be sketchbooks samples or previous pieces.
The City Lit will provide some basic materials but you will need to provide materials specific to your project, fabric threads etc.
Some printing inks , paper, drawing materials, glue bondaweb, threads, scrap fabrics and wools will be available.
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?
VX952 City Lit textiles: colour, print, pattern
VX448 Textiles mixed media embellishment
VX442 Textilesdigital surfaces.
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