What is an Advanced Course?
At this level you will be developing your work as an individual maker to be in the position to run your own studio or teach your subject. When working at this level a high degree of self-direction is needed, the tutor taking on the role of guide and mentor.
Who is the course for?
This is for the professional embroiderer who wants to explore making work to a high standard of craftsmanship. This will enable you to put together a personal portfolio that you can then use to further your career if you wish. In the course you will apply and develop the design and craft skills learnt on the Intermediate course.
How is the course organised?
This course has 420 guided learning hours leading to a City & Guilds 7716–L3-Diploma-64 Embroidery. It is arranged over 3 years. Students will be expected to commit to the equivalent of 1 day per week of home study. All courses are a progression of 10 assignments.
• The first year is a research year exploring a theme of your choice through a design module and a series of embroidered samples. The samples are designed to push your knowledge and technical understanding as well as artistic development. Contemporary makers will be studied alongside this work to develop your research projects. The year will culminate in making a folio of 8 samples using various made and prepared backgrounds.
• In the second year you will study the History of Embroidery in a visual and practical way, supporting this work with appropriate notes. You will continue your sampling, informed by your historical research project, using traditional and innovative approaches. You will make two items, one incorporating metalic threads, the other a large scale piece that is a metre in at least one direction.
• In the third year you will study the style of embroidery from three countries. You will once again continue sampling based on these influences. You will go on to make a panel or hanging and a functional 3-d item.
• You attend at the ArtyBird Centre in Carnforth.
• You will start in September and meet for 2 alternate Thursdays a month, for eleven months, for 3 years.
• You would be expected to put in around a day a week of study to complete the course.
• You are responsible for providing materials and equipment for your course. There is a studio fee of £25 that gives you access to a wide range of art material, tools and dyes.
• The cost for the course will be £750 per year plus £25 studio fee, plus the City & Guilds registration fee of £105.00. Students can pay by 10x£80 monthly installments each year plus the registration fee of £105 and the studio fee of £25 up front. Fees are reviewed every year.
Meet your Tutor
Kate Horner is a practicing artist with a B.Sc. (Hons) Textile Design (Woven Structures) and a M.A. in Design Studies (Textiles). Kate has taught in Secondary School and Further Education for many years and is a thoughtful educationalist. This has been recognized by City & Guilds who have awarded her a Medal For Excellence. Her artwork explores many forms of textiles, centered on felt making. Her sketchbooks are vital to the work she makes and these are extended and explored through the computer. Her themes are about herself and her relationship with people and places. This focuses on her family and friends, and their environmental and peace work. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.