Creative Surface Design

In this 10-day course spread over 5 weekends you will work from your own personal source or sources of inspiration and learn how to combine different surface design techniques to create unique, beautiful fabric. Whether you want to create art cloth or a palette of fabrics to piece and quilt you will be encouraged to put your fabric through multiple wet processes creating complex layers of colour, mark and meaning. You will follow a defined programme during the first weekend. This is a design lead course rather than a technique driven course - the exact content of the weekends will be largely driven by you.

1st and 2nd February 2020: through a series of exercises you will study the colours in your source and use thickened dyes to blend and define a colour family or a limited colour palette to work from. You will print a series of abstract backgrounds and have the opportunity to dye fabric for use in subsequent sessions.

18th and 19th April 2020: in this session we will look at shape, scale and value to print with intent. You will be encouraged to use a range of temporary resists and to consider making permanent stencils and thermofax screens.

6th and 7th June 2020: having spent two weekends putting colour into cloth we’ll consider the use of different discharge media. Selectively removing colour can add an extra dimension to your work and ‘transform’ ugly ducklings into usable fabric.

15th and 16th August 2020: in this session we will be looking at how different media, such as textile inks or acrylic paint can be used to add defined marks and how working with transparent layers and paper lamination can be incorporated in your work. We will also look at how further dyeing, resist dyeing and over dyeing, can be used to compliment your collection of fabrics.

17th and 18th October 2020: following a one to one review you may put pieces through further surface design techniques or you may start to consider construction and stitch. I will share my personal design process and will run a session on different finishing techniques.

Demonstrations will be given throughout, but the course does assume a basic understanding of dyeing, printing and other surface design techniques and is the perfect follow on to my Introduction to Surface Design course.

The workshops will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day with the studio opening at 9am and will have a maximum class size of 6.

The total cost for the 5 weekends is £600. A £120 fee is payable on booking. The remaining £480 will be payable in 4 instalments of £120 payable during each of the first four weekends.

The cost includes hot and cold drinks and biscuits. Please bring your own lunch with you each day. Most of the materials (except fabric), media and equipment needed for the workshops will be provided. You will be given a general requirement lists before each weekend. The studio will be stocked with a selection of the fabrics, Procion dyes, screen printing inks, auxiliary chemicals, screen printing screens and equipment for students to buy.

Cancellation policy: This workshop will only run if 4 or more people enrol. If there is a shortfall you will receive a full refund. And you will, of course, receive a full refund if I cancel the course. However please be aware that a refund will not be given in any other circumstances unless your place can be filled.

No refunds will be given if you miss individual weekends. If I have to cancel a weekend I will make every effort to reschedule. If you are unable to attend a rescheduled weekend you will receive a £120 refund.