Gain new directions and a more confident self-understanding within your creative work, and a new ownership of concepts of drawing and visual reference.
You will begin with sessions exploring the textile surface, simple print techniques (stencil, discharge, foil, flock) piecing, larger scale working, and drawing processes. A one-to-one tutorial with James will follow, where the emphasis will be placed on your own creative direction, aspirations and aims. The workshop will continue as you work on an individual project in a supportive environment. James will provide guidance and pointers as required.
You will need to bring a project, an idea and any specific materials you are likely to need to work on your own ideas. It is not essential to have previous print, stitch or textile knowledge, however you do need to have an open and enquiring mind, a desire to develop and challenge personal creativity, and an ongoing practice.
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)
My approach to teaching is based on enabling you to gain an understanding and ownership of stitch as a media, which surpasses technical knowledge and encourages an emotional and intelligent application of thread. My first degree at Goldsmiths College established a rigorous and concept based approach to creative work, the 'why' is more important than the 'how' and I continue to explore this in my own work and during workshops I lead.