Felting, Textile Art

Masterclass

Following a very popular Masterclass Sarah Waters is returning to Hampshire Art studio with a longer course.


  • Tutor, Sarah Waters
  • Thursday January 13th, 20th, 27th, Feb 3rd, 10th (first half of term)
  • March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st (second half of term)
  • 10am – 4pm
  • £400/5 day studio course
  • materials included in Studio course
  • Suitable for ALL abilities

These classes are to be purchased on a half termly basis. You may buy 2 at once to guarantee a place in the second half



What level of experience is needed for this course?

This course is suitable for any level, from beginners to advanced. 

Sarah Waters is an experienced, international artist and tutor, who works with fibres and fabrics to create large scale wall hangings. 

Sarah will be teaching you how to use different fibres, prefelts and fabrics (nuno) within feltmaking. You will focus on design and colour mixing of the fibres, cutting and layering techniques to produce samples and a finished collage.

During the 10 sessions Sarah will be there to guide you through each of the processes and will take time to discuss your individual ideas, developing your skills at your own pace.

All materials will be provided but if you have any extra fabrics or threads you would like incorporated then please do bring along (natural ones like silk or cotton are best). You might also want bring a picture, photo or a drawing to help inform your final piece. 

What happens each week

Week 1     Introduction day

If you haven’t tried wet felting before today this will act as a taster day. If you have been on one of Sarah’s classes, and know the score, she will give you different exercises and techniques to try.

Sarah will introduce you to basic wet felting techniques and to the variety of fibres and fabrics used. You will be able to discuss and handle the samples and try out some of the different techniques throughout the day.  There will be plenty of time for discussion and experimenting. 

Weeks 2, 3 and 4 Technical Skills and Continuous Individual 

Each day will start with a new technical skill exercise. Then drawing on some of the previous skills and samples Sarah will guide you through the process of starting to create your own textile art piece.  Students will continue to work independently with support from Sarah throughout each week.

Week 5 Finishing Individual Textile Art  – Overview and Debrief

During your final session of the first half of term you will continue to work on your individual piece.

WEEKS 6-9 ADVANCED TECHNICAL SKILLS AND PROJECT

As with weeks 1-5 each day will start with a new technical skill exercise. You will then start to think about creativity and design and how to develop your skills further.  Each week students will continue to explore their ideas independently with support from Sarah.

WEEK 10 FINISHING INDIVIDUAL TEXTILE ART  – OVERVIEW AND DEBRIEF

During your final session you will continue to work on your individual piece. There will be time in the afternoon for Sarah to discuss outcomes and we will explore each other’s finished work learning how to develop any future ideas.

Materials

All materials will be provided but if you have any extra fabrics or threads you would like incorporated then please do bring along (natural ones like silk or cotton are best). You might also want bring a picture, photo or a drawing to help inform your final piece. 

Students will need to bring: 

  • Pen and paper
  • Camera/phone (optional) for visual reference
  • Photo, picture or drawing for inspiration 
  • Sharp scissors
  • Apron (optional) feltmaking isn’t messy but you may get a little wet

Sarah is very happy to answer any questions prior to the workshop Please contact her at sarahwatersartist@gmail.com

and see her work at www.sarahwatersartist.com