The City & Guilds Diploma course is an advanced level course with the emphasis on developing personal creativity & style! It is an extension of the Level 3 course and for experienced stitchers who want to explore innovative and contemporary styles of quiltmaking, using experimental techniques.
It is a two-year part-time course and scheduled to start in September 2013 at Midsomer Quilting. Please contact me direct for further details (see Contact link on Homepage).
The course consists of three units: (For examples click on the Tutor profile link on the Homepage)
1. Research projects:
i) The first is a visual study on a theme chosen by the student and builds on the design skills learned on the previous Level 3 course. It includes further design explorations such as Tessellations, the Fibonacci sequence and using a computer for design development.
ii) A study of four contemporary quilters looking at their design style and making a sample using their techniques.
iii) Research into the historical background to quilting.
2. A Portfolio of original samples: using innovative techniques and based on the designs developed for the Research project. Techniques will include:
i) Fabric Manipulation – for example tucks, pleats, slashing, fraying, twin-needling, embellishing
ii) Textile Decoration - dyeing, dye-painting, resists, transfoil, computer transfer
iii) A Collection of Materials – using, in addition to cotton, other materials such as silk, velvet, knits, leather, metals, plastic, watersoluble fabric, Lutrador and including making hand-made paper and felt.
3. Assessment Projects
There are three assessment projects:
i) A quilt – for the wall or bed minimum size 60 x 60 inches (152 x 152cm)
ii) A 3-Dimensional item
iii) A miniature quilt
All items will be self-designed and should reflect the high standards of craftsmanship expected at this level. One (or all) of the assessment pieces should be developed from the Research project.