There seems to be very little design teaching going on these days and I believe this does embroidery no favours; we are in danger of falling back to roses on cushions.
In order to do a small amount to remedy the situation I have run two, year long Design courses and despite ‘Covid Interupticus’ they have been very well received. They have been attended not only by embroiderers but also weavers, fine artists and a printmaker.
There is a popular misconception that to be able to ‘design’ you have to be able to draw. NOT TRUE. Throughout this course people who say that they cannot draw have nothing to fear, your designs will be just as good and as valid as those produced by people with an artistic bent. Some of the units in the course require no actual drawing at all, others need just a small amount at the outset but STOP WORRYING now.
When you are drawing for design it DOESN’T MATTER whether your work looks like the item you were trying to draw, no one will know. You are not producing a work of fine art – you are getting a starting point for a design. The drawing is just the beginning not an end in itself as it would be if you were painting a picture or taking a photograph.
I no longer aspire to being able to produce an image that looks exactly like my subject – I am after interesting patterns and shapes that I can lift from the drawing to create designs for my work.
There is something immensely satisfying in producing your own design and working it through to the finished piece. It gives you immeasurably more satisfaction than following a design from a book or a kit and what is more you will know that it is unique and thus no one else will have a piece like it. This course will allow you to achieve this goal, so, grasp the nettle, you can do it and the sooner you try the sooner you will be able to say, ‘I made it from my own design.’
The course is in twelve units; £35.00 per unit, running every three weeks on Tuesdays between September and May, beginning 13th September 2022.
The course is in some ways sequential so students are asked to commit to the whole twelve sessions with a deposit of £60 (£5 per session). The remainder of the fees can be paid at the start (£360) or in four tranches of £90.
Please note that like other courses students bring their own lunch. (Microwave available)