Textiles: waxed surfaces
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VX461
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
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?
Following on from this course, you could go on to study a range of courses in print and stitch at City Lit. These include: VX203 Textiles: experimental hand stitch 1 taught by Amarjeet Nandhra, VX951 / VX955 City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch or VX952 / VX957 City Lit textiles: colour, print, pattern taught by Louise Baldwin or VX336 Printed textiles: the basics taught by Caroline Bartlett.
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.
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.