From collage to printed textiles

Using heat transfer

with Caroline Bartlett

Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th August (3 days), 10am–5pm


Plus £5 per day for lunch (optional) – all dietary requirements catered for

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This masterclass takes inspiration initially from natural forms to produce a range of printed experimental textile samples.

You’ll experiment with:

  • Heat transfer through sublimation printing with disperse dyes
  • Methods of marking your surface using rubbings, stencils, drawing and painting, and printing from elements such as leaves or feathers
  • Layering of transparent colour, shape and mark
  • Collaging elements together as you work

After developing a range of experimental textile samples, and determining your colour palette, whether luscious or restrained, consider how these techniques could be combined to produce stunning surface designs on man- made fabrics. You can then go on to use the ideas you’ve explored to print a scarf, or pattern pieces, or even enhance an existing garment.

This is an exploratory course suitable for all abilities. Those with some previous experience of these techniques will be able to focus on further exploring techniques or developing an idea.

To learn how you can develop these techniques into 3D forms, you can attend ‘Origami-inspired wearable using heat setting and sublimation printing’, which is a one-day class that takes place on the Friday (the day after this course).

About the tutor

Caroline uses the historical, social and cultural associations of textiles and their ability to trigger memory to explore ideas and create thought-provoking pieces. Her work is displayed in public, corporate and private collections, and she has also undertaken site-specific commissions and responses to historic locations. Caroline’s practice draws on a wide range of techniques – imprinting, stitching, erasing and reworking, folding and unfolding – and explorations have also resulted in works which integrate textiles with other media, such as porcelain. We’re delighted to welcome her back to Big Cat Textiles.

  • To see more examples of Caroline’s work, take a look at her website
  • To connect with Caroline, or see her recent works, go to her Facebook page
  • Caroline has been featured in an article on, which gives a fascinating insight into her practice.

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