Textiles: Creating 2D and 3D Textile Art

When: Semester Two. Course commences January 2024 (date tbc) and runs on Tuesdays from 6.30pm - 9.00pm 

Course Application Open Date: December 2023 (date tbc)

Course Application Deadline: January 2024 (date tbc)

Course Fee: €300

Tutor: Caroline Smith

What is the course about?

This course explores the creative and expressive qualities of textiles materials and methods within 2D & 3D applications in art practices. Students utilise visual source material imaginatively to direct textile experimentation. The course explores the formal qualities of line, shape, colour, texture, pattern, as an expressive language through a range of textile processes. Students learn how to use dyes and paints and study various forms of printing including monoprinting, transfer printing, jelly printing and silk screen printing. Students also learn about dye techniques batik and shibori. The course emphasises machine stitching and hand stitching used to embellish the textile artwork. Construction techniques, including fabric construction, cast paper making, 3D felt making, heat forming with synthetics, weaving, basketry, off-loom construction, knitting, crochet, lace are also explored.

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Tutor Profile

Caroline Smith studied Textile design at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham, Surrey. Upon leaving college Caroline’s prints were commissioned by fashion designer Scott Crolla who exhibited them in his shop CROLLAS, the same prints were also exhibited at the Barbican Centre and the Royal Institute of architects London, her designs were also taken to America where they were exhibited by a textile agent. Among the techniques she teaches are fibre manipulation; dye technology; 3d construction; stitch; hand and machine printmaking. Her work has been exhibited widely.

Course Accreditation

These part-time, evening courses provide students with an opportunity to experience the potential of visual arts practice, through sustained engagement with materials, techniques, processes, research and art contexts.  Each course is an accredited module (5 credits) on the National Framework of Qualifications, where 60 credits equate to the workload of a full-time academic year on a degree programme.  It may be possible, therefore, to use these credits as part of one of our full-time programmes in the Department of Fine Art and Applied Art.  Students interested in pursuing this option should contact crawford.enquiries@mtu.ie and bear in mind that they would need to submit work for assessment at the end of the module.


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