Summer School - ArtyBirdCarnforth

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Week 1 - July 23-27 Kate Ryan

Introduction to Hand Embroidery

This is a five-day workshop in which you will learn a range of hand stitches.

You will work a series of samplers looking at straight stitches, looped stitches and knots. You wll work a simple canvas design as an example of counted thread work.

Alongside your stitching you will follow a simple design project that will be used to inspire your embroidery. Bring a photograph of a flower to be used as a starting point.

Bring a range of hand embroidery threads in the colours from your photograph. If you have fabrics to use as a background then please bring them, though we have plenty for sale in our college shop. We also stock hand embroidery needles and thimbles if you do not have them. Bring an embroidery hoop so you can compare different methods of working. We have plenty of books for you to look at, but if you have a stitch reference book then please bring it with you.

Week 1 - July 23 - 27 Kate Ryan

Introduction to Machine Embroidery

Get to know your machine and the potential within it in this 5-day workshop.

You will explore the simple possibilities of straight and zigzag stitch, playing with colour, thread and materials.

Once the simple options have been explored and your confidence is developed, you will go on to drop the dog feed and be introduced to the joys of free machine embroidery.

As skill develops you will use it in a range of exercises to develop your designs and explore a wide range of materials. Your samples will build into a reference library you will draw on in your future work.

You will need a photograph of a flower with threads and small quantities of fabric in colours from it. Please bring your sewing machine that can drop or cover the dog feed and a darning foot. You will also need a hoop that will work with your machine for free machine embroidery.
Week 2 August 13 - 17 Kate Horner

Creative Computing for Textile Makers

You will be introduced to PhotoShop or PhotoShop Elements and guided through a series of processes that will generate designs and ideas that can be used in your textile work.

Day 1 - Preparation of photographs and the power of layers. Exploring filters than can be useful for developing textile work. Organising your image files. Printing your images, gamut and paper ranges. This is particularly useful for the creation of professional prints and cards that can be sold. We will also look at fabrics that are prepared for the printer.

Day 2 - Drawing and the use of brushes and colour. You will use a graphics tablet, which is provided. This will generate a confidence with layers, the colour picker and brushes. The layers help with planning the process of your textiles work.

Day 3 - Cutting and geometric and organic shapes to create collages. These can be developed with brushes to generate stitch ideas. If you bring some stitch samples we can use them to generate new brushes. We can also create simple shape drawings that we can scan in and add colour to.

Day 4 - Blending layers to develop new images. You will blend your digital images, and scan in your own artwork to be included. These could be textured papers and/or fabrics.

Day 5 - Adding text to your work, bring your favourite quotes or poems. Pattern-repeat, looking at simple mirror and rotational repeat.

You will need your own laptop with PhotoShop or PhotoShop Elements on it. Either piece of software is excellent and will be suitable for the workshop. You do not need the latest version.

Please bring your current project or ideas with you so that you can work on them. Each day you will start with my images for the exercises but repeat the processes with your own work.

This course is suitable for beginners who can use a computer, mac or pc. We will double staff the workshop to ensure full support on IT issues as well as creative. This will be a challenging week as artists think laterally and computers are logical. This is why time will be spent repeating and extending processes and I will teach you to use a few tools well rather than the whole of PhotoShop.
Bespoke Workshops

Each year we run a summer school offering a range of introductory and specialist workshops. Often our programme is put together from the interest of our students, past and present, as well as from outside organisations that ask us to write one customised for them.

Please get in touch with us if there is a workshop you would like us to run. This may one we have run before or one that is specific to you. You just need a minium of four people and we can offer anything from 1 to 5 days. Ring Alison with your enquiries and we will look at how we can make it happen.

Existing Workshops:
  • Introductions to: Wet Felt Making, Hand Embroidery, Machine Embroidery and Creative Computing.
  • Natural Dyeing
  • Shibori and Indigo Dyeing
  • Using Fibre Reactive Dyes
  • Intermediate Design
  • Intermediate Colour in Design for Textiles
  • Advanced: Printing on Felt
  • Advanced: Stitch and Print for the Adventurous

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