Textiles and surface pattern: designing with collage
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Course Code: VX309
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course aims to inspire creativity for textiles and surface pattern with playful drawing exploration through
paper collage. Collage is a technique with so many creative styles and variations. You will be shown simple ways to create your own papers to use within your collage as well as exploring and incorporating collected materials.
You will also investigate techniques to compose collage such as cutting, ripping, layering and intercutting.
What will we cover?
• You will develop a body experimental work through investigating some of the various ideas and techniques that
can be used in paper collage to create your own works. Discovering ways of working with paper to create texture, colour, surface pattern, and exploring potential scale, figurative and abstract qualities.
• You will then explore further ways of finding endless colour and design inspiration through the use of your own photos or found images.
• One of the most important and personally inspiring parts of this course is the opportunity to discuss creative ways of how to develop your paper collage designs for use in any textile medium in the future.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the basic techniques of composing a collage and how to create layout ideas.
- Explore simple effective ways to create your own papers to use within collage.
- Understand creative ways to develop simple collages that could be used in developing ideas for your own future textile and surface pattern application.
- Gain confidence through the opportunity to build a small body of personal work of new creative ideas, techniques and processes
- Initiate possibilities to build upon within your sketchbooks for further textile and surface pattern application.
- Develop your creative experimentation..
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels of ability from those who want to gain confidence in drawing and developing creative ideas to those more advanced who want to further their creative experimentation.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions. There will be demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a creative course with the emphasis on hands on application. There will be teaching materials to refer
too such as examples of the techniques and processes that you will be exploring. There will be discussion, support and feedback throughout the course. You will be given tasks and will develop your work both during the classes and within your own time between classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
In readiness to begin the course you will need to purchase and/or gather the following materials:
• x1 A3 (approximate size) sketchbook OR if you wish to work on loose sheets of A3 cartridge paper.
• A selection of drawing media that you would like to work with. Consider drawing mediums which can be layered over one another. For example: Brusho dyes, watercolours, acrylic paint, chalk pastels, oil pastels, fine line pens, markers, inks, graphite, coloured pencil. You will need a minimum of 4 different mediums.
• You will need to purchase and/or gather a selection of papers/card which you would like to use during the course.
Much of this material can be found items that you can gather before the course but you might choose to purchase some also. Consider what you may enjoy working with: a selection of colour, texture and pattern is essential as well as plain white paper.
old magazines and books which you don’t mind cutting up
shopping/junk mail catalogues
plain white, plain coloured, patterned and textured papers
corrugated card from brown boxes, brown paper packing materials usually found in your online purchase post.
old bubble wrap
• A cutting mat and small cutting blade
• Small ruler (20-30cm length)for measuring, drawing and cutting straight lines.
• Pencil and eraser
• Masking tape
• Glue stick or PVA glue
• Hand sewing needle and coloured thread (optional)
Before the course begins you will source a selection of 5-10 images which you find inspiring consider elements of colour, texture and/or composition. These may be your own photographs or images from books, magazines or sourced from the internet. Pinterest is a simple method of gathering and keeping relevant visual inspiration for to start the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You will have a versatile body of sketchbook work. You could use this collage design inspiration, from the body of work created on this course, and develop it further in numerous textile mediums. Collage layering techniques lend themselves well to be translated into a variety of textile outcomes from quilting, stitching, applique through to handprint, digital technologies and so on.