Textile art: felt, batik and weaving
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.
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
he 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
Franca is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and skilled tutor with a passion for all things art and craft. She runs her own business as a printed textile designer, using photography, drawing, painting and digital software to produce colourful work for fabrics, interiors and clothing.
Franca studied Fashion and Textiles to master’s degree level and then trained to teach, gaining her Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Exeter University, specialising in Art and Design. She has worked for many years as a teacher, visiting artist, workshop facilitator and community artist across the South West, providing creative opportunities for people aged 3 to 93! With a wealth of experience across many art and craft disciplines including sewing, dressmaking, textile art, digital art, outdoor installations and land-art, drawing, painting and designing, mixed-media and collage, clay, willow sculpture and lantern making you can feel certain of a positive experience on her courses and workshops.
Food, plants and gardening are also incredibly important to Franca. Alongside her arts she has also worked as a caterer, events manager and Food Tech teacher and finds time to grow a lot of her own fruit, veg and flowers having gained a love of the garden from her mum who was a dedicated plants woman and bio-dynamic gardener.
Whatever activity you choose there will be time to enjoy the creative process, learn new skills, improve your mental and physical wellbeing and gain motivation to progress and achieve your personal best in a supportive environment.