Textiles and surface pattern: designing with collage
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VX309
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course aims to inspire creativity for your personal textile and surface pattern application through the creative exploration of paper collage. Collage is a technique with many creative styles and variations which has the potential to be developed into a multitude of wonderful Textile applications. This course has been written to encourage creative thinking and use of paper collage as a medium to inspire your own textile practice. We can often create beautiful sketchbooks but may find it difficult to then understand just what textile mediums and applications we could use to develop the design idea into personal, effective textiles outcomes.
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 and importantly, how this can translate well to textile materials and techniques.
• You will explore simple ways to create your own papers to use within your collage as well as exploring and incorporating collected materials.
• You will investigate techniques to compose collage such as cutting, ripping, layering and intercutting.
• You will explore ways of finding endless colour and design inspiration through the use of your own photos, found images,and your environment to hand.
• 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 many textile
mediums in the future whether you enjoy stitch, quilt, print, knit, weave, heatpress, dyeing
techniques and so on.
Please note; you do not create Textile outcomes during this course, this creative learning is
aimed to help you to understand the textile potential of your designs (sketchbook work) through
discussion with your tutor about the developmental scope of your work and your personal
interest in any of the multitude of textile techniques out there. Your tutor aims to help you to
understand the creative possibilities of your design ideas so that you the build confidence and
understand how your ‘sketchbook work’ can be a valuable springboard for your textile making
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Apply creative dye colour techniques to paper using Brusho Dye.
• Apply simple, effective mark making and ‘multi-medium’ techniques to paper to create your own papers for the use in collage.
• Understand basic creative techniques of composing a collage.
• Understand and apply creative techniques using both images and your immediate environment, to develop designs ideas.
• Gain confidence through the opportunity to build a small body of personal work of new creative ideas, techniques and processes.
• Initiate and understand possibilities to build upon within your sketchbooks for further textile and surface pattern application.
• Advanced learners; you will be able to 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, teaching examples and health and safety information delivered to this course. 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 to 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 to help you develop your work both during the classes and in your own time.
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:
• Loose leaf sheets of A3 cartridge paper, OR x1 A3 (approximate size) sketchbook. Your tutor understands some students prefer to work straight into a sketchbook however she encourages you to work on loose sheets of A3 cartridge as this are easier to manipulate. You could add your body of work into a sketchbook when you complete the course.
• Bring with you 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 to refer to throughout the course. Either print out the image or if you wish to look at the digitally then please make sure you have an appropriate device of which you can view them easily and clearly on.
• 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.
Examples; 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 and brown paper packing materials usually found in your online purchase post. Old bubble wrap, tissue paper, baking parchment and cellophane.
• Please bring a portfolio case/wallet or something similar to carry and store your work in. On average you will be working approximately A3 in size (A2 if you enjoy working large). There’s nothing worse than trying to carry your artwork home on a rainy day without something to put it in.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You will have a versatile body of sketchbook work that can be developed further in numerous mediums.
Collage layering techniques lend themselves to be translated into a variety of textile outcomes from quilting, stitching and applique through to handprint, digital technologies and so on. We have a range of courses in Contemporary Textiles and Crafts where you can explore the possibilities. Please browse the website to view our upcoming courses.
Louise Renae Anderson, a textile artist & educator. Originally studied Fashion Design and worked within womenswear and accessory design. Her love for ‘Textiles’, that very material chosen when designing and constructing garments led her to study a BA & MA Contemporary Textiles. Now a designer/maker of handcrafted textile pieces. Louise is a weaver who hand dyes natural materials, works with traditional processes and techniques with a contemporary approach to design, with an aesthetic sensibility of a refined subtle beauty with attention to detail. Works vary from calming, contemplative visual artworks to functional, beautifully tactile fashion pieces. Love of textiles and believing in the benefits of creative tactile experience led her to study a PGCert Learning & Teaching the Creative Arts. Louise teaches in various capacities: Senior Lecturer Textiles UCA Farnham, Private Tutoring, Adult Learning such as at City Lit. Her knowledge of textile material & application extends beyond hand/machine woven textiles to a multitude of textile colour applications, visual research&design, layering, various forms of printing, textile construction.
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.