Dale Rollerson of The Thread Studio in Australia runs a course called Playways as a result of being asked to do workshops in more countries than she had time to do! Currently she has students enrolled from Australia, NZ, USA, Canada, UK, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa…
The course consists of 5 modules. Here is an extract from the letter Dale sends out with the information, as it is not all on her website:
In addition to creating surfaces, there will be ideas for colouring, texturing, slashing, layering, burning, and three-dimensional constructions, and plenty of hand and machine stitching.
Each course module can be completed at the student’s own pace, but, as each builds on work previously completed, modules must be taken in sequence. All work will come to me by post for detailed assessment on an individual basis. There will be no marking system as such, just (I hope) helpful comments and ideas for progression. A certificate will be issued at the end of the course.
The 5 basic modules will be
- Starting Simple
Colour on paper and fabric; using lines as a design inspiration for hand and machine stitching.
- Lacey Stuff
Colour and stitching on a variety of soluble fabrics plus burning, bonding, distressing and distorting
- Layers of Pattern
Building up layers and layers of exotic patterns using mixed media and stitching including motifs and slips
- Crusty Surfaces
Mixed media, wire, bead creation, hand and machine stitching to create crusty surfaces
- Fragments, frescoes and a bit of tarnish
A complete exploration of distressed surfaces and fragments of the past
While working through the 5 modules, I hope that students will produce at least 2 completed projects such as a panel, 3 dimensional item, an accessory, a book cover etc. Students should produce a folder of designs and samples for their own future reference.
The cost will be $130AUS (plus GST for Australia only) per module, to include all return postage, a linked website and individual assessments. Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, Bankcard or cheque in Australian dollars. You pay for each module as you go.
Each module will come in a spiral bound printed format and additional materials will be available on a password controlled website where we will also post student’s work. There will also be a discussion list for student interaction.
Students send work in to Dale and she puts photos in the gallery. She also organises postcard and ATC exchanges amongst her students. The next intake is in July 2006, so you’ve got a couple of months to make up your mind!!
Dale also runs two single workshops called Playdays – Frescoes and Crusty Surfaces. All the information on these are online.
This is a photo of her work for the Frescoes course, called Pietrafitta.
This is a photo of her work for the Crusty Surfaces one, called Hundertwasser House.