TRC is again running its successful five-day intensive courses on textiles. They are being taught in Dutch or English by Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, textile and dress historian and director of the TRC.In 2020 and 2021, the
The courses are 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 courses are 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 courses have 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. A recent impression, written by a participant from the Museum of Fine Art in Belgrade, Serbia (November 2018), can be read here.
In 2020, the dates will be 17-21 August (in Dutch), 21-25 September, and 16-20 November. For 2021, the dates are 15-19 March, 19-23 April, 11-15 October and 15-19 November.
Fees for the full course, including the use of materials, are € 750. 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 in 2020: 17-21 August; 21-25 September; 16-20 November
- Dates in 2021: 15-19 March; 19-23 April; 11-15 October and 15-19 November.
- Time: 09.00 - 16.30, incl. lunch and coffee breaks.
- Max. number of participants: 8 (5 for the August course)
- Min.number of participants: 5
- Course language: English (the course in August 2020 is given in Dutch)
- Costs: € 750 (half of which to be transferred in advance); for the courses in 2020, full fees to be paid at the latest by the first day of the course
- Provided: Equipment, samples, handouts, tea and coffee
- Not provided: lunches
- Location: TRC, Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden, The Netherlands