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Contemporary  Stitch and Design Course

2 years

Members:          $420 per module
Non Members:  $500 per module


Every Module will have three classes over three months. 
Specific dates and times are below.

Commencing in 2022, the Contemporary Stitch & Design (CS&D) course is a two year course made up of individual modules in which students engage with contemporary art practices, resulting in stitched works that qualify as contemporary art objects.

We have had two very successful rounds of this Guild course; the third round will commence with the Colour & Design module in February 2022. In this highly theoretical module, the Course Coordinator, Mary Brown will introduce students to four contemporary Art Methodologies for creating art. Students will work with all methodologies over the two years of the course. Colour Theory covered in this module includes two stitching components. Colour & Design is the only Core Module in this course. Every student has to do this module to continue on to the five Elective Stitching Modules.

The Elective Stitching Modules are Counted Thread, Surface Stitching, Metal Thread, Whitework and Machine Embroidery. These Modules are more practical than theoretical. Students are only required to do three out of the five modules.

Every module in CS&D is done over three months, meeting on the 2nd Saturday of the month. (Please refer to the timetable below). Colour & Design and the Machine Embroidery Modules are from 9.15am – 4.00pm (6 hours). The other Elective Stitching Modules are from 9.45am – 3.30pm (5 hours).

In the first class of each module, students will be given the brief for their assessment tasks. Students will be encouraged to start the design process during the three months. This work will be presented and critiqued as a shared experience over the next two classes. After the last class, students will have at least eight weeks before the due date to work on their assessment tasks.

The new timetable for CS&D Course for 2022-2023

Please note that May and September 2022, and January, May and September 2023 are the months omitted in the CS&D Course timetable.

Colour & Design (the only Core Module) with Mary Brown
12 February, 12 March and 9 April 2022
Assessment work due on 11 June 2022 – 9 weeks to work on the assessment tasks.

Counted Thread with Barbara Allum
11 June, 9 July and 13 August 2022
Assessment work due on 8 October 2022 – 8 weeks to work on the assessment tasks.

Surface Stitching with Kath Wilkinson
8 October, 12 November and 10 December 2022
Assessment work due on 11 February 2023 - 9 weeks to work on the assessment tasks.

Metal Thread with Sharyn Hutchens
11 February, 11 March and 15 April 2023 (the April class will be held on the 3rd Sat of the month because of the Easter Holiday).
Assessment work due on the 10 June 2023 - 8 weeks to work on the assessment tasks.

Whitework with Helen Parsons
10 June, 8 July and 12 August 2023
Assessment work due on the 14 October 2023 – 9 weeks to work on the assessment tasks.

Machine Embroidery with Kath Wilkinson
14 October, 11 November and 9 December 2023
Assessment work due on the 10 February 2024 – 9 weeks to work on the assessment tasks.

If you are interested in this course, Mary Brown, the Coordinator of CS&D, will meet with you at the Guild on Saturday 27 November 2021 at 10am. She will take no more than two hours of your time to show you past works by students and to provide you with information about the course.

This course is open to Members and Non-Members. If you wish to attend this Information Session, please ring Janet in the office on 9743 2501 to make a booking. There is no fee. Mary Brown will answer questions via email, or phone 0407 500 331.