Textile art: felt, batik and weaving

The Mansion, Totnes

Who is this course for?

This is a course for the novice or those with some experience. It is taught in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Drawing skills not necessary. Come and make something beautiful and have some fun.

Course content

You will look at a range of Artists and Designers to generate designs and ideas in the mediums of felt, batik and weaving. This introductory course will teach you how to use each technique independently, with the hope that you find something that you love to do and wish to explore further.

You will use the wet-felting process to create an A4 felt piece. The process is an easy and satisfying one, regardless of your perceived artistic skill! Use colour in a creative, thoughtful way and the softest of merino wools to create a pictorial felt painting or completely abstract piece.

You will use batik techniques to create your own work. You will use traditional ‘tjanting’ tools and hot wax to layer coloured inks and build your own pattern and design. Depending on experience, you may wish to use the technique on fabric or paper.

You will make a small weaving using a simple loom. Enjoy choosing, combining and using colourful yarns, found fabrics or including natural forms in an imaginative and thoughtful way. You will learn how to set up and thread your loom. This creative and meditative process is easy but satisfying. You will see some of the modern artistic possibilities of this ancient medium using the simplest of equipment.

Support and feedback

The tutor will be there to demonstrate techniques and for constant 1:1 feedback, help and support.

Additional costs and requirements

No previous experience necessary. Please bring an apron, towel and sketchpad or A4 folder in which to store ideas, inspiration and work. If you have any colourful yarns, wools or fabrics that you particularly wish to include in your weaving then please bring them.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

No, although if you are unable to finish a particular piece of work you will be shown how you could do so at home.

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 date11 March 2019
End date08 April 2019
Start time18:30
End time21:00
Concessions not available