Working from a collection of personal objects, you will be looking at ways in which to generate a collection of visual material that has the potential to evolve and change along a three and a half metre length of cloth. Your starting point will be a collection of personal objects that you have acquired, inherited or collected. These don’t have to be exceptional objects; they may be ephemeral or throw away, or they might have strong associations or personal memories; they may form a group or be totally disconnected. What they must all share, however, are visual elements that excite and interest you; elements to do with colour, texture, pattern, form, material, etc.
Working with a range of materials and approaches, including drawing, painting, collage, applique, stitch, etc., you will extract and play with information from your objects through observation, repetition, distortion, fracturing, stretching, etc. Your piece of cloth will then evidence the process of this development along its entire length. This will be done by recording the working and re-working of ideas and approaches. In so doing, layers of information are laid down, worked over, re-shaped, hidden and revealed over three days, to create a rich palimpsest that becomes an object in its own right or one that forms the starting point for further ideas.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Matthew Harris studied at Goldsmiths College and makes work in both paper and cloth that is primarily concerned with the exploration and exploitation of abstract imagery. Matthew has work in the Crafts Council Collection and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. He has exhibited throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Japan.