What is a Foundation Course?
This is where you start your apprenticeship. You learn the basic skills of your craft area. This is supported by design, which will allow you to develop as an individual maker. The course is broad in nature to introduce you to a range of skills and ideas.
Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone who wishes to study their craft area in depth. This could be for your own personal interest or for professional development. You may have attended a number of workshops and discovered your passion for textiles and are now ready to study this as part of a professional course, integrating design alongside good craft skills to develop yourself as a maker.
How is the course organised?
The course leads to a City & Guilds 7716 – L2 - 52 in Feltmaking.
This is a one-year course that has 3 aspects to it.
a. You will cover the design elements: colour, shape, line, texture and form.
b. We will do this through studying 3 themes across the year.
i. Sunsets – Colour, shape and form
ii. The Weather – Line and drawing
iii. Nature’s Chaos – Texture
2. Felt Samples
a. You will learn many felt techniques; traditional and contemporary.
b. You will work many samples developing your skills and seeing how your design work can be interpreted in felt.
c. There is also a formal samples folio to create where the finished samples should be no smaller than A4.These are:
i. Pattern using half felt
ii. Mosaic technique
iii. Blended and mixed fibres
iv. Surface decoration using fibres other than wool
v. Samples of felt for comparison by hand and in the washing machine
vi. Felting onto a fabric backing
vii. Nuno felt
viii. Laminating 2 layers of fabric with wool fibres
ix. 3d felt using templates
x. Resist techniques for pockets, flaps and layers
xi. Small scale felt
a. There are 2 projects in which you will develop and make felt items.
i. Using traditional felt techniques
ii. Using innovative felt techniques.
The course is designed to integrate these 3 aspects seamlessly, through three themed projects, taking a term each.
• You attend at Carnforth, Lancashire
• You will start in September and meet for a weekend a month, for eleven months.
• 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 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 £90 City & Guilds registration and administration fees per year, plus £25 studio fee. Students can pay by 10x£77.50 monthly installments each year, plus the registration fee of £90 and the studio fee of £25 up front. Fees are reviewed every year.
Meet your Tutors
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, centred 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.
Kate Ryan was born in Scotland and brought up in Northern Ireland. She has settled in Haworth, West Yorkshire and has worked as a secondary teacher in Halifax for more than 20 years teaching Design & Technology, Textiles and Fine Art. Kate has been steeped in textiles as a maker since childhood. “My enthusiasm for felt started with the American felter Pat Spark and continued with Kate Horner at ArtyBird Carnforth. My pieces are inspired by nature and informed by the photographs I take whilst walking. I am a strong believer that there is creativity there to be developed in everyone and I look forward to working with you, sharing my passion for art and all things textiles.”