Experimental Textile Workshop

Experimental Textile Workshop- Jennifer Collier at Unit Twelve 10.10.17

Y11 students spent an inspirational day working shoulder to shoulder with Stafford based artist Jennifer Collier. The workshop, led by Jennifer Collier, provided art students with experience of new techniques including wax entrapment, bonding, sticky tape prints and laminating. They experimented with a combination of recycled materials; tea bags, plastic bags, old vintage books, maps, magazines, stamps and postcards to create the work.

The students have been studying the work of Collier as part of their Art GCSE coursework project with the theme of ‘Collections’. Each student was able to create a samples booklet and all completed their own small garment using the techniques that they acquired on the day. This experience will act as a springboard for the development of their own work. The workshop also enabled students to chat with the artist in an informal setting, gaining insights into her working methods and the ideas behind her creations. Unit Twelve also exhibits the work of other contemporary craft designers. Students explored the gallery, take photographs and ask questions.

Once back at the academy Y11 students were eager to share their expertise and give practical direction to their peers. The trip was a huge success. Due to popular demand a second trip is being organised hopefully for the end of next month. Watch this space!