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Textiles 1: A Textiles Vocabulary

Textiles 1: A Textiles Vocabulary

Duration: 2 months at 8hrs/week

Price: £1315

Run by: Enquiries
at OCA

This course is taught online

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About the Course

This Open course will develop your creative skills-base for textiles. It will enable you to analyse and study archive textiles and creatively develop visual ideas for contemporary textiles in response to imagery, pattern, composition, structure and surface. You will be introduced to various approaches of analysing and interpreting colour and be encouraged to experiment with a range of media to prompt yarn explorations as well as produce simple textile translations.

The Open course concentrates on creative design methodology and is underpinned by observation.

Part One will develop your understanding of textile qualities using historic and contemporary references and develop your understanding textile fabrication through drawing and visual research.

Part Two will build on this research and prompt textile translations through image, stitch and fabric customisation as small and large scale work.

Part Three will allow you to analyse colour from different sources; translate these using paint, collage and yarn; and, produce a colour sample book to inspire new work in the final units.

Part Four will enable you to create experimental yarns and linear structures using traditional and non-traditional textile materials.

Part Five will explore some of these ideas as simple textile structures and surface design ideas. Throughout this Open course you will be encouraged to reflect on your work and develop evaluate skills

The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity offering arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods. You will receive support from a one-to-one tutor who is also an arts practitioner and you will become part of a thriving UK and international student community.

All of our part time distance learning Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open courses at Higher Education level in painting, drawing, photography, music, illustration, graphic design, creative writing, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, art history and film.

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  • Disabled access
  • Qualification offered