Layer and fuse: upcycle plastic bags

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot

Who is this course for?

This is a course for everybody regardless of prior experience. It is taught in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Drawing skills not necessary. Come and make something original, unusual and have some fun.

Course content

Starting with a collage, you will create your own interesting and tactile fabric by fusing colourful upcycled plastic bags. You can create something pictorial and almost stained-glass-like, or completely abstract. The process allows for a painterly approach layering colourful strands of plastic almost like brushstrokes. The final piece is then ironed to fuse the colours together and create a finished fabric.

This wonderful technique has been used to create fabrics for purses, bags, accessories and decorative items. If time allows, you may be shown how to embellish your fabric using a sewing machine. Alternatively, your finished fabric could make an image for a greetings card, display in a frame, a set of unique gift-tags or a beautiful bookmark. You will be shown a variety of uses and inspirational images to generate ideas.

Support and feedback

The tutor will be there to demonstrate techniques and for constant help and support.

Additional costs and requirements

No previous experience necessary. Please bring any colourful plastic carrier bags if you have them and don’t mind cutting them up.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?


About the tutor

With a background in state education and community arts, Elena believes passionately in nurturing the artist that dwells within us all. Having fun and enjoying the process is central to this core belief. She aims to maintain a supportive environment for all to enjoy the creative process at every level.

Elena has been teaching a wide range of Art, Craft, Textiles, Photography and environmental education for over 13 years. She has a degree in Visual Communication and specialised in Photography at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. This led to an interest in experimental techniques exploring the rich history of the medium including homemade and box cameras. Her professional work includes working with a professional commercial photographer and animation production in London. Elena has pursued a wide range of creative processes since then including illustration, green woodworking and puppetry. Perhaps inspired by a family background in tailoring and millinery, she is a keen maker using textile techniques such as batik, felt and stitch.

Start date26 Jan 2019
End date26 Jan 2019
Start time10:00
End time12:30
Concessions not available