Upcycling experiment: craft and couture III

This course takes creative methods, material manipulation, craft, and couture techniques to find new, cool, and original design ideas. Starting with a pre-owned garment, accessory or textile object the course objective is to apply the techniques and approaches introduced in the 3 workshop sessions. Expanding unique interpretation and responsible design processes will be integrated throughout the experience.The course will culminate with a design challenge and a chance to win a Launchpad Studio credit.Please note, it is mandatory to complete the full course (3 sessions) to enter the design challenge.Session I -  Wed Sept 29th, 4-5:30pm Introduction and discussion of current design that effectively and distinctly uses upcycling, craft and couture applications to express new perspectives and aesthetics. Tanya will share her research that uses the same techniques and approach. Each session technique(s) will be demonstrated to give students a common starting point. The students are then encouraged to play and explore the infinite possibilities of the newly acquired technique in their own way.  You Will Learn:Who are the current practitioners that are at the forefront of upcycling design and craftThe course objectives, aims, and timeline1-3 foundational technique(s) (craft, couture or material manipulation)Creative exercises to inspire material explorationDocumentation and visual journaling to enhance material experimentationSession II -  Wed Oct 13th, 4-5:30pm The second session revisits and deepens the main learning objectives of the course. Participants will show their material exploration, work-to-date, and discuss successes, interesting and potential design directions. The process work will be focused on the participant’s design goal. An additional technique demonstration will be introduced.You Will Learn:1-3 foundational technique(s) (craft, couture or material manipulation)Creative exercises to deepen and personalize material explorationHow documentation can increase design ideas and material experimentationHow creative process can be directed to reach design aimsSession III - Wed Oct 27th, 4-5:30pmIn the third session, the participants will show their new and developed material exploration. An additional technique demonstration will be introduced. In this stage of design development, new techniques will be explored and process work will be refined. The final design idea will be discussed and strategized.You Will Learn1-3 foundational technique(s) (craft, couture or material manipulation)Creative exercises to deepen and personalize material explorationUse documentation to create a design narrativeHow experimental sampling can be refined and developed into final design workCourse prerequisites:This course is open to anyone who would like to advance their skills in textile arts and sustainable practices.DESIGN CHALLENGE:The design challenge offers the opportunity to experiment with the techniques presented during the course and create an original design idea. At the end of the course, participants will have 15 days to work on their projects and present the original piece of work to the jury and peers. The selected works will receive credits (hours) to a fully equipped Launchpad studio of choice.Please note, it is mandatory to complete the full course (3 sessions) to enter the design challenge.About the Facilitator:Tanya White is an Assistant Professor in Materials and Fabrication at *X University in the fashion department. She recently successfully defended a practice-based Ph.D. in Fashion and Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art supervised and mentored by Professor James Stephen-Cran (creative project), Dr. Fiona Jardine, and Professor Vicky Gunn. Tanya is a multidisciplinary researcher that interprets affect and body image through experimental craft practices.* the X is out of respect for those who are campaigning for Ryerson University to change its name.Pricing:  Price per session: $30 + taxLaunchpad Members enjoy 25% off all programming.Join Zoom MeetingThe zoom link and password will be sent in your ticket.  Please make sure to check your email. Photographs and/or video will be taken at this event. By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed please inform an event organiser. 

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This course takes creative methods, material manipulation, craft, and couture techniques to find new, cool, and original design ideas. Starting with a pre-owned garment, accessory or textile object the course objective is to apply the techniques and approaches introduced in the 3 workshop sessions. Expanding unique interpretation and responsible design processes will be integrated throughout the experience.

The course will culminate with a design challenge and a chance to win a Launchpad Studio credit.
Please note, it is mandatory to complete the full course (3 sessions) to enter the design challenge.


Session I -  Wed Sept 29th, 4-5:30pm 
Introduction and discussion of current design that effectively and distinctly uses upcycling, craft and couture applications to express new perspectives and aesthetics. Tanya will share her research that uses the same techniques and approach. Each session technique(s) will be demonstrated to give students a common starting point. The students are then encouraged to play and explore the infinite possibilities of the newly acquired technique in their own way.  

You Will Learn:

  • Who are the current practitioners that are at the forefront of upcycling design and craft

  • The course objectives, aims, and timeline

  • 1-3 foundational technique(s) (craft, couture or material manipulation)

  • Creative exercises to inspire material exploration

  • Documentation and visual journaling to enhance material experimentation

Session II -  Wed Oct 13th, 4-5:30pm 
The second session revisits and deepens the main learning objectives of the course. Participants will show their material exploration, work-to-date, and discuss successes, interesting and potential design directions. The process work will be focused on the participant’s design goal. An additional technique demonstration will be introduced.

You Will Learn:
  • 1-3 foundational technique(s) (craft, couture or material manipulation)
  • Creative exercises to deepen and personalize material exploration
  • How documentation can increase design ideas and material experimentation
  • How creative process can be directed to reach design aims

Session III - Wed Oct 27th, 4-5:30pm
In the third session, the participants will show their new and developed material exploration. An additional technique demonstration will be introduced. In this stage of design development, new techniques will be explored and process work will be refined. The final design idea will be discussed and strategized.

You Will Learn
  • 1-3 foundational technique(s) (craft, couture or material manipulation)
  • Creative exercises to deepen and personalize material exploration
  • Use documentation to create a design narrative
  • How experimental sampling can be refined and developed into final design work

Course prerequisites:
This course is open to anyone who would like to advance their skills in textile arts and sustainable practices.

DESIGN CHALLENGE:

The design challenge offers the opportunity to experiment with the techniques presented during the course and create an original design idea. At the end of the course, participants will have 15 days to work on their projects and present the original piece of work to the jury and peers. The selected works will receive credits (hours) to a fully equipped Launchpad studio of choice.
Please note, it is mandatory to complete the full course (3 sessions) to enter the design challenge.

About the Facilitator:
Tanya White is an Assistant Professor in Materials and Fabrication at *X University in the fashion department. She recently successfully defended a practice-based Ph.D. in Fashion and Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art supervised and mentored by Professor James Stephen-Cran (creative project), Dr. Fiona Jardine, and Professor Vicky Gunn. Tanya is a multidisciplinary researcher that interprets affect and body image through experimental craft practices.
* the X is out of respect for those who are campaigning for Ryerson University to change its name.

Pricing: 
 Price per session: $30 + tax

Launchpad Members enjoy 25% off all programming.

Join Zoom Meeting

The zoom link and password will be sent in your ticket.  Please make sure to check your email. 

Photographs and/or video will be taken at this event. By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed please inform an event organiser.