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Contemporary Textile Collage Embroidery Weekend

Contemporary Textile Collage Embroidery Weekend

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Katerina Kouzmina


Learn how to transfer any illustrations in contemporary embroidery. Explore how to collage with fabric, source unusual supplies, basic and advanced embroidery stitch, paint with textile markers. Whether you are a beginner or have some experience, you'll discover how to develop fashion illustrations and your ideas in unusual contemporary embroidery on your dress collections or interior design pieces. 

You can bring your own research or a project that you would like to expand with embroidery. Or you can just come along and source from the many illustrations provided and research in class.

Topics Covered

Through practical workshops, the course will cover:

  • How to find and collage illustrations and how to develop them in embroidery 
  • Transfer images on fabric and montage them on rectangular tambour. Basic and advanced embroidery techniques with thread, plastic, wool, all unusual materials, collage with fabric. 
  • Developing your study on portrait. Proportions, human face elements, shadows and light. Realization of two big embroidery pieces: portrait and vegetables/fruits. Every student can realise individual projects. 

Who should take this course?

The work that you produce on this course could be an excellent addition to your portfolio whether you want to apply for a fashion design course or a job in the industry or interior design. Anybody who wants to develop their fashion design skills and embroidery skills would also benefit.

Course Outcomes

You should end the course with re-charged creativity, lots of ideas in innovative contemporary embroidery and textile collage.  

Entry requirements: None

Level: All levels


Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Katerina Kouzmina started her career 16 years ago and since then she has worked for various Italian Fashion houses like Gattinoni and laboratory that produces for Valentino in the position of clothes and accessories embroiderer and designer. Having the necessary experience, tenacity and strong determination helped Katerina to found her own fashion embroidery School in 2009,  where it is possible to learn how to create truly unique embroidered clothes. After graduating from a French school Lesage she gained the knowledge of a new embroidery crochet technique called Lunèville. 

Today Katerina is also a tutor at the Academy of Costume and Fashion in Rome and Polimoda in Florence and works as an embroidery consultant-designer of Haute Couture. In 2013 Katerina launched her own brand of embroidered leather handbags entirely manufactured in Italy "Floral by Katerina Kouzmina". 


Please bring on the first day:

  • Textile fabric markers or fabric pens (these do not need to be 'professional', the kid's version will work!)
  • Embroidery kit (scissors, needle, thread)
  • Any creative/recycled material like plastic, different types of fabrics (transparent and not) leather and beads

Available dates