Woven textiles: experimental dye and colouring
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VX422
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Mixing traditional dyeing techniques with basic hand weaving we will work developing unique textures, colour and surfaces. We will work from the yarn to the woven textile and from the dyed textile to our own handmade yarn. We will focus on the process and development of swatches, experimenting with tactile and visual textures. By the end of the course you will have created a series of samples for personal reference and/or to build up your textile/fashion portfolio. Intermediate students will be able to develop their own textile pieces and get support in their own projects.
What will we cover?
We will learn traditional dyeing techniques for yarns and textiles as well as learning some basics skills and ways of weaving on a small frame loom. We will focus on creating interesting surfaces playing with colour and textures. We will unique textile samples and will explore the use of dyeing and weaving in art, fashion and interior design. Although this is a very practical course there will be some basic theory handouts and teaching about colour theory and design principles.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Dye your own yarns and fabrics using procion dyes
- Experiment creating your own dyeing patterns
- Weave on a frame loom using dyed yarns
- Learn techniques such as looping and fringe weaving to create exciting surfaces
- Learn basic colour theory
- Understand the basic structure of a woven textile.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for beginners and intermediate students. Anyone interested in combining dyeing and weaving techniques and who is eager to explore and experiment with their creativity. No previous knowledge is required. You should be happy to work well individually as well as enjoy the company of others and interact in a group.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support each class, handouts and for heath and safety information.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We will work through practical exercises and there will be basic colour theory and design fundamentals explained.
Informal group discussions and feedback will be part of each class, and handouts will also be given. Contemporary examples of weaving and dyeing in Fashion and Textiles will be shown and discussed.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Most materials will be supplied but please bring a notebook and a pen and any yarn and/or fabric you would like to use for your samples or projects.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VX702 Textiles: constructing pattern, colouring cloth
VX972 Felt making: experimental 2D to 3D techniques
VX704 Textile sketchbook: developing ideas and projects.
Renata Minoldo is an artist and educator exploring the physical and emotional body through textiles, sculpture and experiences with people. She has an academic training in Fashion and Visual Arts and hands on experience in the Fashion Industry working in London and New York. She is interested in alternative ways to approaching art education, aiming to stimulate an intuitive learning and focusing on the individual processes and needs. She works with a wide variety of people, from children in galleries and primary schools to teenagers and older adults in community centres, charities and public spaces. Her work has been awarded with residencies internationally. https://www.renataminoldo.com/
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.