What is the course about?
Investigation, exploration and discovery in textiles:
This term you will be learning about mixed media approaches to surface design with textiles. It is a very practical course. You will be working creatively with a variety of media, techniques and processes to develop ideas and samples that explore the potential of mixed media textiles using an initial theme as your starting point.
Through the development of your initial samples, visual research, drawing, sketchbook and discussion you will be able to work on a personal project that aims at you producing a more finished piece of work or series of portfolio pieces.
The course is structured across a year to provide a varied experience but can be taken on a termly basis. Each term has a different focus.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"Tutor was inspiring and very helpful with feedback. Equipment and materials were great and plentiful, group atmosphere was great."
What will we cover?
The focus will be on stitched and mixed media approaches to textiles combining images and surface to create individual and stimulating textiles.
We will work with a theme to start off the visual research and ideas. You will be shown the work of various artists whose work relates to that theme or to techniques that will be taught. You will be given a variety of drawing and design challenges to get your ideas moving, this will include using a viewfinder to select composition, creating mood boards, mixed media collage and the use of both wet and dry drawing materials. Techniques will revolve around both machine and hand stitch using a variety of fabrics, paper, plastic and an eclectic mix of materials. We will look at the use of colour texture and composition in textiles
More advanced students will be able to take theses techniques and extend their possibilities through further experimentation or application to specific project work.
Class discussion will revolve around individual project work and the work of artists using related methods and ideas and ways of evaluating and developing work.
Using a sketchbook is part of the course for all levels as it is used to collect imagery, take notes, develop ideas and evaluate your own work. Outcomes will vary according to the individuals’ aims and experience.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use a sketchbook to research and develop ideas
- Interpret this research in sketchbooks and through samples
- Use a variety of textile related materials and mixed media approaches,
- Identify the properties of material and techniques used.
- Produce resolved work using surface and mixed media approaches
More experienced students will be able to:
- Extend the possibilities of these techniques in relation to ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for all levels.
Beginners very welcome – if you are a complete newcomer to textiles (have not used a machine or hand sewing
needle before and do not have any art and design experience) you might find it useful to first complete the course
VX108 Textiles: basics for beginners, as this will introduce you to the basic principles making it easier to learn
further textile techniques within a mixed ability group. More advanced students can extend the techniques and build
on their experience each term
Whatever your level of experience you will need to be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English so that you can work safely in the workshop.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be practical with group demonstrations of techniques at the start of most session in the first half of the course.
Samples will be shown to give you ideas of the variety of ways you could experiment with the techniques and handouts will also be provided. Power points will be given to illustrate and inform. Informal groups discussion will occasionally take place.
The second half of the course is for your personal project. You will be given individual help where needed and additional techniques may be added as your work develops. You will be shown how to use any tools and equipment safely in the workshop. Various books and journals will be available for you to look for inspiration and information.
Sketchbooks are essential for the storing of samples and any research you may do.
There will be some set homework for the group, for example, collecting images, planning designs and developing samples. Your work will benefit greatly from some additional time spent on sketchbooks and research however it is understood that sometimes this is not possible.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials are covered in the fees. You may need to supplement this with other materials; fabrics, papers, threads etc. to suit specific needs or preference and to provide variation. You should have a sketchbook with you for every session and sometimes you will want to print out images from the internet to build up your research. A camera is also useful and occasionally it will be suggested that you use a photocopier for your work.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are the other terms of this course:
VX951 Build textiles: surface, structure, stitch
VX957 Build textiles: colour, print, pattern
VX222 Illustrated stitch : a masterclass with Rosie James
These would be ideal to extend your textile knowledge - this course also has a whole day version on Wednesdays.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details