Book now for summer textile workshops

THREE textile workshops for adults will take place at Manchester School of Art this summer.

On August 19 there will be an embroidered canvas workshop where participants can explore the possibilities of free machine embroidery with textile artist Priscilla Jones.

Using fabrics ephemera and stitch you will experiment with various materials paying particular attention to changing the fabrics surface qualities through paint – this will provide you with a lovely surface to free machine embroider onto. By the end of the workshop you will have a beautiful stitched canvas to take home and enjoy.

Priscilla Jones is an international artist that explores mixed media in her textile practice – she has been teaching for 19 years in Higher Education and delivers many workshops and courses to all levels of ability including the less experienced with a passion for textiles and those you have already developed skills and what to progress with their own practice.

This is fantastic workshop for anyone who would like to explore a mixed media approach to stitched textiles and learn new and exciting techniques! No experience necessary – this is about experimenting and having fun!

On August 26 there will be a one-day shibori/tie dyeing workshop with artist Farzana Ullah. During the session you will create your own unique fabrics by using a range of techniques from immersion, dip dyeing and a variety of resist techniques including folding, clamping, stitching, gathering and binding. Alongside this you will learn to work with complimentary colours and explore overdyeing.

The workshop is suitable for all levels and materials are provided.

The final workshop will take place on September 1 and will be a weave and dye workshop.

Recycling is a huge part of society today, whether it’s taking clothes to charity shops, recycling paper, re using shopping bags, even huge chain stores such as H&M use recycled clothing to create new garments. The Pom Pom Girls have a devised an innovative way of taking recycled materials, such as plastic bags, recycled clothing, scraps of threads and yarns and using them to create woven fabrics.

Together, we will investigate how these different recycled materials can be renewed and reinvented by using dyeing methods and by manipulating the materials, such as tying, plaiting, cutting and ripping etc. You will be able to discover what materials you feel you work best with by completing a range of experimental samples before moving onto your final piece.

During the session you will develop weaving skills in hand weaving. Hand weaving is a technique that is not as commonly used in this day and age, due to larger and faster looms becoming available. The Pom Pom Girls are keen to teach this skill as an accessible way to work in weave that is easy to continue with at home.

Overall this workshop intertwines the specialist areas of print, 3D design and weave to give you the opportunity to try out a range of processes and end the workshop with your own professional standard woven piece.

If you are interested in taking part in any of these workshops you can book through Manchester Met’s online store at http://buyonline.mmu.ac.uk. If you have any additional questions, contact Anna Frew on a.frew@mmu.ac.uk or 07980171448.