Art textiles

Walking the line – through drawing and thread with Matthew Harris

Ref: S4D08988


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About this course

Explore a sense of place through drawing and thread. Initially, you will look at ways of mapping and recording using a variety of drawing techniques to explore the dynamic potential of line. These drawings will then form the starting point for a three-dimensional work, constructed in paper, cloth and thread, with an emphasis on experimentation and exploration of the potential of materials.

Course Description

Explore the dynamic potential of line as a way to map and record a sense of place through drawing and thread. Working initially through drawing and then through textile construction we will be looking at ways to interpret and translate two- dimensional line into three- dimensional structure with constructed in paper, cloth and thread. The emphasis will be on experimentation and an open exploration of the potential of materials.

You will begin with a number of approaches to drawing and information gathering, using different media and techniques to explore the dynamics of line, mark and scale. These drawings will then form the starting point for work in two or three- dimensions that will look at the ways in which qualities of line and mark might be translated and interpreted using a variety of textile materials such as paper, cloth and thread. As well as working with the inherent qualities of any given material we will also be looking at ways in which those qualities might be altered or radically changed in order to enable construction in three dimensions.

Please bring suitable clothing for outdoor walking/work. This will not be lengthy but could be up-to an hour on the first morning. If this would be a problem for you then please let the tutor know on the first evening.


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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

Course Materials


  • Indian ink, Batik wax and PVA to share, plus one sheet each of Khadi paper and cartridge paper.

What students need to bring

  • A roll of decorators lining paper
  • A selection of textile materials including stiff net and any other sheer fabric
  • A selection of different weights of thread e.g. fine sewing thread, embroidery thread, wool, ribbon, household string fabric tape, household string and rope
  • A roll of thin pliable wire such as florists' wire
  • A hair dryer, if possible
  • Sewing equipment
  • Apron or overall

Available to buy

  • A range of brushes and drawing materials
  • A variety of papers on which to draw
  • Some sheer fabrics, e.g. scrim, chiffon in black and white
  • Large pots of black and white acrylic paint
  • A small selection of coloured wires
  • A large bottle of black Indian ink
  • Sewing equipment, including large needles for heavy weight thread


Matthew Harris

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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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