Oxford Summer School

A Little Book of Fabrics

Monday 31st July 2023 for 3 days — Cost: £156

Tutor: Caroline Marriott

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This workshop developed from an idea to put all the little samples I have tucked away in boxes into one place where I can refer to them easily and also produce a lovely ‘little book of fabrics’.

I ended up making quite a few books and became interested in the different ways I could put my pages together.

There will be lots of samples of styles of books and we will start by considering the size of the book and making some backgrounds to work on.

We will look at several techniques to decorate your pages.

There are many ways to transfer an image from paper to fabric and we will try 3 of them. Using tissue paper and stitch, using a gel medium and using prepared fabric through a printer. The results will vary depending on the paper/ photo/magazine you take your image from.

Students should bring photocopies of pictures and photos they wish to use.

We will look at the variety of effects you can get when you use different methods of collaging fabrics and papers to your pages.

Students will print onto fabrics using wood blocks and stencils. We will also look at ways of making printing blocks of their own.

Materials to Bring

  • Sewing kit
  • Fabric scissors
  • Little pieces of your favourite fabrics
  • Some calico or sheeting or similar to use as backing fabric
  • Any memorabilia you would like to include in your book
  • Photos or images
  • Sewing machine if you wish
  • Cutting board
  • Craft knife
  • 0.25m bondaweb
  • Glue brush

The tutor will bring lots of material and other items needed which students may use for a minimal charge.