Explore adventurous and playful ways in which to gather and manipulate visual imagery and develop ideas for textiles, through drawing, painting, stencilling and collage. Initially working from observation you will then go on to sample and remix imagery, playing with colour, line pattern and shape in order to exploit visual information and develop ideas which can then be translated using textile materials and processes. The emphasis will be on individual development and an evolving personal visual language.
Day one will be about an immersive and dynamic gathering of visual material. Working primarily from observation and using a number of different approaches, you will gather information and create images that explores line, colour, texture, shape, pattern and scale.
Response and development
Days two and three consist of sampling and remixing as ways in which small pieces of information are taken and re-worked. Days two and three are about manipulation and development, playfulness and interpretation. Using the images created on day one, you will use a number of different approaches to develop, re-work and re-interpret the imagery. Working upside down and back to front, playing with scale, drawing and re drawing, using stencils and repeat, we will aim to distill and evolve imagery, moving it away from its original starting point in an attempt to create new, unexpected and highly personal visual material.
Day four is spent working from your sampled and re-mixed imagery. We will be looking at ways in which to sensitively translate and interpret material from paper to cloth and textiles, and look at utilising the possibilities of stitch, construction, appliqué.
This is a creative development course for the more experienced who want to expand skills, develop their own practice and are open to working intensively to achieve their maximum potential. It is essential to come with an open-minded approach to experimentation.
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.