Cloth, Clothing and Memory: Reshaping Cloth

with Caroline Bartlett

Thursday 30 to Friday 31 July 2020 (2 days), 10am–5pm

£195 (there may be a small additional fee for materials, more details later)

Plus £7 per day for lunch (optional) – most dietary requirements catered for

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This workshop will explore heat setting as a means of giving cloth a physical memory.

You will learn a range of techniques using mainly man-made fabrics, as these are coloured using sublimation printing and disperse dyes. Follow variations on a folding pattern to create a two-part origami mould that can then be used to set forms in fabric through the use of steam or the transfer press.

From these initial experiments, you can then select a technique to develop a small wearable or 3D object, enhancing the form or surface through the use of colour using sublimation printing (heat transfer).

Further techniques using crushing, crumpling and tieing and binding in small objects (which are then removed), will also enable you to produce other forms and surfaces.

Those who attended Caroline’s one day course at Big Cat in 2019 will be able to extend the skills and techniques learned at that time.

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.

Caroline Bartlett Reshaping Cloth 1

Caroline Bartlett Collage Reshaping Cloth 2

Caroline Bartlett Reshaping Cloth 3