Textiles: waxed surfaces

Course Dates: 21/07/24 - 04/08/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Investigate the different ways wax can be used on paper and fabric; create surface decoration using a range of resist techniques or alter the structure of a surface and experiment with translucency, structure and stitch.
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Textiles: waxed surfaces
  • Course Code: VX461
  • Dates: 21/07/24 - 04/08/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Amarjeet Nandhra

Course Code: VX461

Sun, day, 21 Jul - 04 Aug '24

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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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.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and 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.

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.

This course is supported by Google Classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment. When you log on you will be able to access course material, presentations and handouts etc. and may be asked to complete learner progress records. You can find help via the student help centre on the City Lit website.

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?

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.

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Amarjeet Nandhra Tutor Website

Amarjeet Nandhra is an artist and educator, originally trained in Graphic and Printed Communications. She went on to gain a first class honours degree in Creative Arts. She has exhibited nationally and internationally , both independently and as a member of Studio 21 Textile art and Textile Study Group . Amarjeet’s teaching experience covers a range of courses; printmaking, mixed media and contemporary stitched textiles. She has taught at Diploma level, City & Guilds and Adult Education, both in Spain and the UK. Her current practice explores the narrative of cloth within a social, economic and cultural setting.  This work examines the hidden meaning, looking beyond the aesthetic sensibility of these textiles.

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