Textiles: Techniques and Materials

When: Semester One. Starts Tuesday 19th September 2023, 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Course Registration Opens: 1st August 2023

Course Fee: €300

Tutor: Caroline Smith

What is the course about?

This course introduces students to a range of materials, techniques and equipment involved in textiles art making. Students study the art, techniques and processes involved in fibre manipulation. The fibres used are wool, flax, silk, and soya bean fibre amongst others. Students learn how to manipulate the fibre to make various types of felt including nuno felting (felting on fabric), needle felting and 3d manipulation. The course also introduces students to fundamental stitching techniques (both manual and machine stitching), basketry, fibre sculpture, vessels, wire and reed 3D construction techniques. Employing a range of textile processes, the student creatively explores and develops their ideas. Students also learn the art of papermaking with paper and silk fibres. 

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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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