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Undergraduate Course: Tapestry: Drawing in Weave (LLLA07240)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryExplore the woven mark, from fine line to painterly splash and how it is translated into tapestry weave.
Course description Academic Description: From fine lines to bold marks, this course will explore the translation from design drawings to weaving. Students will begin with a series of experiments, exploring line through drawing and weaving. Interpreting and constructing line within the woven structure to reveal the creative versatility of the woven mark. An exploration into the specific use of materials and choice of warp setting will increase the creative possibilities. Students will develop a sketchbook, a visual journal of research on a theme of line, which will inform their woven work.

Outline of Content: The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.

Over the class sessions the course will cover:
Introduction - mark making in contemporary tapestry
Experiment in line and mark-making through drawing
Developing a research journal / sketchbooks
Weaving the line.
Experiments with warp and weft thickness
Surface lines / raised line
Direction and scale of weave
Developing a personal project
Interpreting designs for tapestry
Presenting your work

The Learning Experience: The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, student progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.

The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Unless otherwise stated, all students on this short course pay a published course fee per enrolment.

In addition to the learning and teaching resources and content, this fee also includes:

A basic rang of weaving materials.
Use of a wooden frame loom for first weaving.
In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment.

For first class:
Pair of scissors - Small fine pointed embroidery scissors
Tapestry needles
Ruler/measuring tape
Felt pens (non waterproof)

Other Specialist equipment you will need during the course:
Your own wooden weaving frame. Painting canvas stretcher is ideal approx 45cm x 55cm.
Yarns and materials you would like to experiment with
Tapestry Bobbins
Table clamps (optional)

You should also bring some drawing materials and a sketchbook. Reference materials such as drawings, photographs, objects that inspire and interest you.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas (33.3%): Develop a sketchbook/visual journal which demonstrates an inquiring work ethic and range of personal strategies for recording and developing visual ideas and concepts, which demonstrates the relationship between research and resolved works.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Create a range of experimental weaving samples, demonstrating a distinctive and coherent personal vision, that show a resourcefulness and inventiveness in the use of materials and processes.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Demonstrate an independent judgement in the documenting, selecting and editing a coherent a range of samples and resolved works.
Reading List
Suggested Reading:

SOROKA, J. 2011. Tapestry Weaving. Ramsbury: Crowood.
BEUTLICH, T. 1967. The Technique Of Woven Tapestry. London: Batsford.
WILCOX, T. Fiona, M. and Caron P. 2011. Tapestry. London: Black Dog.
Victorian Tapestry Workshop. South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: Workshop, 1976.
ROSSBACH, Ed et al. Ed Rossbach. Asheville, N.C.: Lark Books, 1990.
Telos. Textiles of the world
KOVATS, T. 2005. The Drawing Book. London: Black Dog.
MASLEN, M. and JACK S. 2014. Drawing Projects. London: Black Dog Publishing.

Journal and Periodicals:
Selvage, Crafts Magazine, The Journal of WSD, Embroidery

Web Sources:
Weavers Bazaar:
The Handweavers Studio and gallery:
The British Tapestry Group:
European Tapestry Forum:
American Tapestry Alliance:
Dovecot studios, Edinburgh:
Australian Tapestry:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Show understanding of composition and design.
Undertake research.
Develop a reflective practice.
Project planning and documentation.
Editing and selection.
KeywordsWeaving,tapestry,textile art,design,research,traditional craft
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMr Benjamin McNab
Tel: (0131 6)50 8105
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