Textile Art & Techniques - Sue McNamara
Part time course
About this course
Spend a few weeks designing and making unique textiles pieces, using a variety of skills – such as stitching, surface decoration and fabric manipulation – to stretch your creativity and enjoy the satisfaction of completing your own projects. Each term will include different themes, so there will always be something new to try.
Is previous experience necessary?
No, as long as you are open to ideas, and willing to learn the course is designed to be creative, experimental and fun, with plenty of opportunities to develop your existing skills in interesting directions. If you can sew and are confident with using a sewing machine, then you will find ideas here to challenge your boundaries and play with colour, texture and design.
How will the course be delivered?
Weekly sessions based on practical work, with inspiration from a wide range of sources as well as your own ideas; you might need to allow time at home to complete projects in between sessions, depending on how much experience you have. There is time to develop individual themes and projects through the term. My emphasis is on re-using and recycling as much as possible and ‘upcycling’ pre-loved items into something uniquely new, and I run a very relaxed, sociable and friendly course.
What will I learn?
Over the five weeks you will be designing and completing projects based on your own ideas. There will be opportunities to experiment with different techniques and media along the way. I will give you an overview at the start of each course, and you are welcome to include your own ideas and projects if you wish. Some students are keen to try lots of new things, others use the classes for their own ’creative time’, away from the demands of everyday life.
How will I know how I am doing?
At the start of each term I will check what skills and interests you already have, so I can give you specific guidance and ideas to develop your work. The group will be limited to 12 students to allow time for individual feedback and support, and you will have plenty of time to ask questions and check your progress. I would strongly advise you to keep a sketchbook for recording your ideas and samples as you go along, so you can measure your own progress. At the end of the year, students’ work from the whole every course will be exhibited in the School of Art Summer Show – it’s a real highlight, especially if you haven’t had your work on display before!
Do I receive a qualification?
No, the Creative Textiles courses are designed to be interesting and fun, without any formal assessment.
What should I bring?
· Sketchbook, notebook & pen/pencil
· Dressmaking scissors & small sharp scissors are useful
· Specific sewing kit you like using – eg thimble, needle threader, personal pincushion
· Apron for covering up when we’re doing messy sessions!
· Tray or box to carry wet or delicate work home
If you would like to continue, you are welcome to stay on the Textile Art course for as long as you wish – different themes are planned for each term as well as the shorter Summer School courses, so there will always be something new to try; there are also plenty of other arts courses to choose from if you fancy doing something different. However, you might want to consider a full-time Art course at the college – check the website or prospectus, or ask at the Enrolment Centre, as we offer a range of courses suitable for mature students, and people returning to education.
Are there any extra costs?
I will provide good quality materials and resources each week to enable you to complete different projects and sample pieces; if you require specific items, or a particular piece of fabric, you may need to buy that separately - we can discuss this in class once we start.
Who is my Tutor?
Sue McNamara has been immersed in textiles for 50 years, having been taught by her tailoress grandma and mother. From dressmaking and quiltmaking, to running community textiles workshops and continuing with her own textiles practice, Sue was inspired by a part-time Art Textiles course to explore and experiment with a wider range of ideas and materials. She is passionate about sharing this with others who are ready to explore both traditional textile crafts and more experimental textile art, across a range of media and styles. Sue’s Textiles workshops are designed to be relaxed, informal, sociable and above all, fun.