Exploring Nature through Textiles

Ref: C3672866

This creative course explores textiles as art, focusing specifically on the way we can explore nature through fabric and textile processes. Taking an experimental approach to textiles, learners will gain a grounding in a range of textile techniques. They will have the chance to experiment with a variety of processes whilst working with both traditional and alternative materials.

Course aim

The course aims to explore textiles as an art form, focusing specifically on the way we can explore nature through fabrics and textile processes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use handstitch techniques to build up a botanical stitch sampler.
  • Create an illustrative pieced patchwork sample inspired by a natural object.
  • Use machine stitch to translate drawn images from nature into textile pieces.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of nature within contemporary textiles or fashion.
  • Combine learnt techniques to create an independent, creative sample.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • No work is expected to be undertaken outside of class, although often students choose to take samples home to work on.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Some students choose to have a box file or folder to keep samples in, although work can be stored at The Artworks.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Exploring Nature through Textiles


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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