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Concept to Cloth with Sharon Kearley

February 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


We are delighted Sharon Kearley will join us to help take our design skills to the next level with a workshop and follow up online tutorial via zoom on 26th March (10.30am -12 noon)

The course is designed for those with basic weave, knit and crochet knowledge, the aim is to develop existing knowledge and confidence. For those that are more established in their craft will continue to push their skills and understanding to a deeper level of investigation in this workshop.

The one-day in person course on 26th February focuses on the design process, breaking core design development into simple key manageable stages.  The course takes you on a journey researching initial concept, designing a personal brief, translating research, creating mood and colour boards, communicating and interpreting ideas of colour, texture, pattern and repeat. You will be encouraged to reflect and evaluate your ideas throughout the process, focusing on your strengths and interests as these skills are key in any designers’ personal growth.

Finally, you will be guided in translating your ideas into constructed cloth, be that weave, knit or crochet.  At the end of the physical workshop, each student will be provided with their own individual targets, specific to their individual projects to continue working on until the ‘Digital Meet,’ these you will carry out with continued tutor support if needed.

Sharon will share her own design approaches and working methods to visually ‘break down’ the process.  Exploration, inquisitive experimentation and above all fun are the focus, promoting a diagnostic approach to both materials and methods to produce highly individual outcomes.

Design Development Stages

  • Design Process Introduction
  • Concept/personal project brief
  • Research and moodboards
  • Colour
  • Texture and Surface
  • Shape and Form
  • Pattern Repeat
  • 2D – 3D interpretation
  • Critical reflection and target setting

Day 2 is a digital forum (26th March 10am-12.30am) , where students have the opportunity to share their design outcomes across all constructed textiles specialisms, encouraging knitters, crocheters and weavers to exchange their points of view.

Further tailored tutor advice will be provided during the digital meet to push personal project development after the course.

Students will be supplied with a teaching pack containing guidance on the design development stages.  There will also be a private Facebook Group for posting images and questions between the physical workshop and the digital meet, where Sharon will be on-hand to continue to guide with answers, tips and advice.