Marking Cloth: Print and Manipulation with Caroline Bartlett

10-14 July
£500 plus £5 per day lunch (optional) 
**Sponsored student price – £395**

We will look at a range of techniques found in smocking and origami for structural inspiration. We’ll then explore aspects of these through folding, pleating, stitching, crumpling and crushing, and the making of origami moulds. We’ll use these techniques, together with heat setting processes (steam and use of the transfer press), to reshape the fabric surfaces into textured 2D surfaces or more 3D structures. We will look at the behavioural properties of different fibres and their capacity to be set permanently (synthetics) or otherwise, taking on the memory of what has been done to them.

Caroline Bartlett Print and Manipulation - Composite Origami

Caroline Bartlett – Composite Origami

As the work progresses, Caroline will introduce you to ideas of enhancing the form using colour through simple and immediate methods of marking the surface through transfer (sublimation printing) on synthetics.

You will come away having created a range of experimental textile samples with potential application for fashion and accessories, surface design for interiors or textile art in keeping with individual interests. This is an exploratory course suitable for all levels.

Explanatory notes, samples and visual presentations will demonstrate and support the various techniques. Group discussions and reviews on the progress of your work are integral to the course. There will be a materials fee to cover supplies for this Masterclass, which you will collect nearer the time.

The short film below was made in 2016 at Big Cat Textiles when Caroline delivered her class “Nuances of Black and White”.

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Caroline Bartlett: Embroidering the truth

Caroline Bartlett Print and Manipulation - Annotations detail

Caroline Bartlett – Annotations detail