Using multiples of one element either natural, manmade, new or reclaimed, explore rhythmic pattern, texture, repetition and interval in this experimental workshop. The aim is to structure and create a two dimensional fabric or ‘skin’ to use in future work, or act as an artwork in itself.
Practical work will be introduced in three stages:
1. Choose one collected found or waste material. Discover the inherent nature of that material by taking it apart, manipulating and changing its former nature in multiple different ways e.g. cutting, tearing, scratching, scoring, puncturing, hammering, folding, rolling, breaking, soaking, pleating, twisting, slitting, bending and layering.
2. Explore reconstructing and joining by being acutely sensitive to the precise and particular qualities inherent in your chosen material. Be highly discerning and selective in choice of fastening materials, binding, lacing, tying, weaving, wrapping, layering, knotting, knitting, sewing, threading, linking, stapling, pinning and trapping.
3. Notice and exploit potential for repetition, rhythm and pattern. Produce samples, exploring qualities of structure and interval, rigid, taught, dense, open, lacy, floppy, diaphanous, opaque, hard, soft, springy, hairy, compressed, supple, smooth or rough.
The intention is for this to be a playful day of open inquiry, investigation, scrutiny and research.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Sue Lawty is a highly experienced artist, designer and teacher, whose work is in collections worldwide including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London where she held a year-long residency. Prestigious Artist Research Fellowships include Smithsonian Museums USA and University of Leeds. In 2017, Earth Materials was published about Sue’s work.