This is a general introduction for artists and makers looking to incorporate textiles and textiles techniques into their work.
This is a general introduction for readers of all levels, to craft projects using textile techniques. Basic techniques are introduced, and the reader is then encouraged to experiment with the chosen medium, creating their own piece of work. Works by featured artists and designers will provide inspiration, with tips on how similar styles and effects can be achieved. Each section will also include plenty of stimulating ideas for source and reference material. There will be design sketches, working drawings and storyboards to help the reader investigate, develop and execute their work.
Topics covered include: images on fabric; creating fabrics; wireframe construction; 3D wire construction; using a heat tool; materials manipulation; adapting traditional techniques; joining, seaming, bonding, layering; mould-making, casting and forming.
Karen Woods is an established textile artist and painter, with 15 years experience as a crafts teacher. As well as taking time for her own personal work, she runs textile and sculpture workshops for a variety of young peoples' groups, schools and community mental health centres. She has also led a group of care leavers in producing costumes for a dance and theatre group that performed at the Millenium Dome.