Undergraduate Course: STITCH: Embroidering our heritage into contemporary practice (DESI08118)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Fabric, thread and beyond; stitch can be a powerful medium. Decoration and embellishment, construction and repair, embroidery has the capacity to transform a base substrate not only on a practical but on a social and political level. Steeped in tradition, often narrative and poetic, the haptic resonance and meditative effects of the activity of stitching on the maker, also have proven befits to the maker in addition the product itself. This course incorporates both theory and practice of this subject. Practical workshops will take place in ECA textiles workrooms. The hands-on study of over 350 precious stitched objects held within the University research collections and associated 20th century publications from the Needlework development scheme archive in ECA, make this practical course unique.
Stitch crosses many boundaries of discipline from the practical aspect of holding materials together, to the decorative application of one material applied onto and through the other using a needle. This course encourages students to explore practical skills alongside theory and current status of stitch in art, design and contemporary culture. The course will introduce students to the potential of stitch through hands-on workshop activities, lectures and field trips.
Practical workshops will introduce a repertoire of techniques and materials encouraging students to gain knowledge and understanding of stitch and embroidery, including hand stitch, machine stitch, fabric manipulation and digital embroidery with the CAD machine.
Lectures will include the study of historic stitch, embroidery for fashion and embroidery in contemporary culture.
Embroidery possesses a cultural significance deeply engrained in many social traditions. Opportunities will include the study and handling of the University¿s NDS collection of historic embroidery samples from around the world and ranging from 16th-20th century pieces. This will encourage students to study and analyse embroidered items in detail at first hand.
Building these experiences on a weekly basis, students will begin to apply these specialist practical and theoretical approaches to their own practice, making connections within the discipline and challenging perceived norms through the use of unusual materials, concepts, scale and contexts for embroidery.
10 x morning workshop sessions 38.5 hours
2 x lectures (week 1 and week 5)
2 x group tutorial sessions (weeks 3 and 9)
1 x formative feedback ( week 10)
1 x summative feedback (week 12)
Aims of course:
To introduce techniques, practitioners and traditions associated with embroidery and stitch.
To provide students with the technical and cultural knowledge of the discipline and the confidence of understanding to develop these skills and techniques and challenge contemporary approaches to the discipline for future projects.
To encourage individuals to produce a personal project recording processes and associated research, as a resource for future reference and development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Yes, list of basic materials required will be supplied in advance. Materials costs which will vary depending on the student's individual method of production but could be approximated at £15 for this course.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the techniques, processes and cultural significance of stitch through practical engagement with the course.
- Apply knowledge and skills of embroidery and stitch methods introduced within the course, to demonstrate practical abilities and to explore the possibilities of these techniques and practices creatively.
- Consolidate your findings in a personal format clearly demonstrating your understanding of the potential of stitch and embroidery for future development.
|Butler A, The Arco Encyclopedia od Embroidery stitches, Arco (1979)|
Coats, J&P Ltd, 100 embroidery stitches (, Coats publications ltd. 1981)
Kettle, A & McKeating J, hand stitch perspectives, Bloomsbury (2012)
Nicol, K, embellished, A&C Black (2012)
Snook, B. Embroidery stitches, Batsford (1981)
Thomas, M. Mary Thomas¿s dictionaly of embroidery stitches,, Hodder and Staughton Ltd, (1974) - Woolf, C. The Art of Manipulating Fabric, Krause Publications (2003)
Current articles, websites and thinking
Cornelia Parker embroiders the Magna Carter http://www.bl.uk/events/cornelia-parker-magna-carta-an-embroidery
Embroidery in prisons
Alice Kettle, contemporary artist using machine embroidery http://www.alicekettle.com
Debbie Smyth, contemporary artist designer - http://debbie-smyth.com
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Linking research with the development of practical skills.
Applying practical experience and knowledge to creative development of ideas.
Communicating technical understanding and ideas effectively.
|Course organiser||Ms Lindy Richardson
Tel: 0131 221 6129
|Course secretary||Miss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712