Experimental Textiles


Experimental Textiles - Kim Thittichai

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Experimental Textiles

Development of personal and creative practice - with Kim Thittichai

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Course Outline

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 within a safe group environment is intended to give students the chance to discover what they can learn from others 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.

Enrolments are now being taken for next year.
Only ten students can enrol per course

ExTex Dates 2016/2017

10am – 4pm



June 25th & 26th
July 23
rd & 24th
August 20th & 21st
September 17
th & 18th
October 29th & 30th
3rd & 4th


January 14th & 15th
February 11
th & 12th
March 11th & 12th

There will be an end of year showcase at
Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch
at the NEC, March 2017


for images from previous courses go to Facebook - Experimental Textiles – Kim Thittichai

Or Kim’s blog

103 GLH plus home work and folders/scrapbooks
To enrol and for more information go to www.inkberrowdesigncentre.co.uk/node/1471

Price: £1700 or 3 payments of £600. The course is all 9 weekends.
Single weekends are not bookable.


Experimental Textiles with Kim Thittichai (a non accredited course)

9 week-ends and an end of year show

An exciting course for students who have an established interest in stitch and textiles. Students will be encouraged to explore and develop their own style and method of work. The course will develop and stretch your ideas and skills, working through the use of pattern, colour, design & texture. Students will enjoy learning to look at and explore the creative potential of plastic, paper, fabric & thread. We will print, stitch, manipulate, slash, burn, resist, dissolve, paint, layer, draw & design - but not necessarily in that order!
This is your chance to revise, rediscover and develop new techniques and ideas.

Homework will be set after every session to be completed for the following session. An average of 4 hours homework per month will be expected.

Students will be required to keep a scrap/sketch book to back up experiments and keep a course folder/portfolio up to date.

Certain sessions may change depending student’s needs but this is the basic lay out of the course.


Creating Original Designs
Never be afraid of the ‘D’ word again! We will work though several formulas for creating original designs, discussing the use of colour and materials. Working with paper, paints and pencils you will generate enough designs to last you for years to come.

Exercises will include, Cut, Expanded and Flipped and The Journey.

Working with tracing paper and pencils we will take sections and generate several designs to be worked up on a larger scale. We will also look at 2 way colour combinations.

Homework – develop up to a 10” design using fabrics, threads, papers, plastic. Black & White. Inlay appliqué

Printing Blocks & Printing
Create printing blocks from previous session’s designs and print up papers and fabrics.

Discuss designs and homework. Make printing blocks and print papers.

Dye printed papers and print on a range of fabrics. Look at different print techniques.

Homework – develop patterns and repeat designs – experiment with various colour combinations. Choose artists whose work you enjoy and be prepared to discuss their use of colour in their work.

Colour Theory
Working through the colour wheel and tints, tones and shades exercises we will build on your awareness of colour. Discuss the use of colour in textiles and art in general.
Colour wheel and tints and tones exercises.

Dye up papers ready for next session looking at colour tones.

Homework – collect papers for next session – handmade, magazine, newspaper, envelopes - anything you can find. Students to bring 3 items for large still life next session.

Paper Collage
Working from a large still life we make fast sketches and then move onto paper collage.
Rough, large scale sketches on lining paper. Moving onto using paper collage.

Working further into your collage with stitch – hand or machine. Look at the use of stitch in contemporary textiles also look at layers and manipulation. Discuss what we will be doing next session and decide what technique and media students each wish to work in.

Homework – research – felt, weave, knit in 3D (scrap/sketch book)

Constructed Textiles
Can be constructed or constructed! Must be 3D – could be a book or box or bag or abstract sculptural. Knitted, felted or woven or all three . . .
Experiment with ways of making things 3D. Look at 3D textile artists.
Experiment with chosen technique and media.

Develop 3D sample.

Homework; Carry on with experiments and work out how to make a smallish finished piece.

Dyeing to stitch
We will work through the basic processes of procion and disperse dyeing.
Dyeing natural fabrics with procion dyes – looking at using resists, dip dyeing and dyeing in plastic bags.

Using disperse dyes (transfer paints) we will paint dyes onto paper and transfer onto synthetic fabrics.
We will also use resists and use pre-dyed papers.

Student’s choice – to be negotiated by the group.
Discuss final projects, look at scrap/sketch books and course folders.

Homework – work up samples and any drawing necessary for the construction of your finished project.


Final project. Discuss finish, edges, scale. . . . .

Students to bring projects to Inkberrow Design Centre and work on them in the studios – this is not an optional weekend to work at home. It is an important part of the course that students work together as part of the group.

Homework – work on final project and support material.

Final project.
Students to bring projects to Inkberrow Design Centre and work on them in the studios – this is not an optional weekend to work at home. It is an important part of the course that students work together as part of the group.

Homework – finish final project.

March - End of Year Showcase . . . . Combined with The Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch Show at the NEC Birmingham.


A journey through design, inspiration and interpretation.

The second book by Kim Thittichai


Following the success of her first book, Hot Textiles,
Textile artist
Kim Thittichai continues to experiment with
A variety of textile techniques and media to guide and
inspire textile artists to create their own stunning pieces.

Layered Textiles

Hot Textiles