Experimental Textiles

Leading British textile artist and designer Kim Thittichai invites you to join in on her textile design course for experimental textiles. To find out more, click here for Kim’s Video on YouTube.

Course outline

Development of personal and creative practice – with Kim Thittichai

This course aims to encourage personal enquiry both about the marks and structures, which appear out of the materials used and about the sources and terms of personal expression. The emphasis will be on intuitive, innovative and analytical work with materials and formative principals and will seek to encourage individual solutions for each student.

The student will produce a collection of paper designs and textiles samples. Initial ideas must be developed through research and where ever possible should be taken from primary sources. Records of research must be documented both visually and with written support.

Students will be encouraged to analyse and evaluate their own work to determine specific courses for action, culminating with a selection of directed and self directed projects.

Learning activities will be mainly experiential in nature, based around a series of exercises and short directed and self directed projects. They will also include short lectures, demonstrations, discussion and evaluation groups and individual tutorials.

The course and its process of delivery are designed to enable students to expand their skills base and through the development of their observational and critical ability. This encouragement to observe and reflect on the learning process is a major step in the individuals ability to form ideas about the world of their own making based on their own research, and should help them gain freedom from dependency on others about how and what they should think. The encouragement to discuss theirs and others work with a safe group environment is intended to give students the chance to discover what they can learn from people with different ideas and viewpoints. This process of critical enquiry should also help the student become aware of the richness of cultural diversity and the benefits therein to their own development.

“I had been looking for a creative textile course for about 2 years;a course that was pitched somewhere between a leisure evening class & a degree, that would also be suitable for someone with no textile experience or portfolio! A tall order but I found exactly what I wanted at IDC so a big THANK YOU to them and & of course Kim. It has challenged me in more ways than I could have imagined & is now a foundation on which I will find my own creative voice in the future.”

Course Dates for 2016/2017

July 23rd & 24th 2016

August 20th & 21st 2016

September 17th & 18th 2016

October 22nd & 23rd 2016

November 26th & 27th 2016

January 14th & 15th 2017

February 11th & 12th 2017

March 11th & 12th 2017

SHOW EXHIBITION AT THE NEC BRIMINGHAM 2016

The course is for all the dates. Not bookable in single dates.

Click here to apply online.

  • See dates above
  • Experimental Textiles
  • £1700
    Payable over 3 installments of £600, this includes an admin fee.