Intensive Textile Course, 16-20 October 2017
From 16-20 October 2017, the TRC will be running again its successful five-day intensive course on textiles. The course is being taught in English by Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, textile and dress historian and director of the TRC. The course is a mixture of theoretical and practical elements, with an emphasis on trying out the various techniques of textile production (spinning, dyeing, weaving), on holding and examining fibres, textiles and finished items, all in order to learn and understand what is happening and why various combinations take place. The aim is to make textiles less ‘frightening’ and allow people to look at a textile, from virtually any historical period or culture, and be able to understand it. The course is an absolute 'must' for anyone dealing with archaeological, historical and modern textiles, for designers and fashion students, as well as anyone who is seriously interested in all aspects of textile history and production, and simply wants to know and practise more.
Over the years, the course has attracted participants from renowned institutes such as the Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Museum in London, the Centre for Textile Research in Copenhagen, the Netherlands Forensic Institute, as well as commercial groups (Kwantum), but also enthusiasts without an institutional backing from the Netherlands and abroad, who are often just as curious and stimulating as the professionals. A personal report, written by dr. Dana Sonnenschein, who attended the course in September 2016, can be consulted by clicking here.
The course will again be given in 2018, from 12-16 March and from 23-27 April, 2018.
Fees for the full course, including the use of materials, are € 600. Those who want to attend the course, please contact the TRC.
Day 1: Fibre identification
Theory: Introduction to the different types of textile fibres (plant, animal, fur, mineral, artificial, and synthetic).
Practical: Basic fibre identification using senses, burning, staining and microscopic techniques.
Day 2: Spinning and yarns
Theory: Preparation and spinning of main types of natural fibres; the basic spinning techniques: hand spinning; wheel (spindle, spinning); machine spinning.
Practical: Hand spinning and wheel spinning; identification of the main types of spun yarns.
Day 2 (late afternoon): Dyes and dyeing:
Theory: Introduction to the main types of plant, animal, mineral, synthetic dyes and dyeing techniques.
Day 3: Weaves and weaving
Theory: Introduction tothe main types of hand and machine looms (flat, vertical, backstrap, treddle, warp-weighted, draw, jacquard, etc; introduction to the main types of weaves and finishes).
Practical: Identification of the main types of weaves; drawing a simple weave graph; working with different types of simple looms to reconstruct the weaves just looked at.
Day 4 (morning): Weaves and weaving (cont.)
Day 4 (afternoon): Non-woven materials
Theory: Introduction to the main forms of non-woven materials: leather,felt, knitted, crochet, braids, laces, etc.
Practical: Identification of the basic non-woven forms; basic felt making.
Day 5: Decorative techniques
Theory: Introduction to the main forms of decorative techniques:(a) printed (batik, block, plate, roller, screen; computer); (b) applied (appliqué; embroidery; braids, bands and tassels; sequins, spangles, beads; etc).
Practical: Identification of the basic forms of decoration.
- Dates: 16-20 October 2017, 12-16 March 2018, 23-27 April 2018.
- Time: 09.00 - 16.30, incl. lunch and coffee breaks.
- Max. number of participants: 8
- Min.number of participants: 5
- Course language: English
- Costs: €600 (half of which to be transferred in advance)
- Provided: Equipment, samples, handouts, tea and coffee
- Not provided: lunches
- Location: TRC, Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden, The Netherlands
- For further information: Textile Research Centre, Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden, The Netherlands. Tel. +31 (0)71 5134144 / +31 (0)6 28830428;
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Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden. Tel. +31 (0)71 5134144 / +31 (0)6 28830428 email@example.com
Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 10.00-16.00 hrs, other days by appointment.
Bank account number: NL39 INGB 0002 9823 59
Entrance is free, but donations are always welcome !