Sampled and remixed – adventurous drawing for textiles with Matthew Harris

Art textiles

Ref: S4D11439

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About this course

Explore adventurous and playful ways to gather and manipulate visual imagery to develop ideas for textiles, through drawing, painting, stencilling and collage. Starting with observation, you will re-mix imagery, playing with colour, line, pattern and shape.

Course Description

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 explore 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.

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 until 9pm, 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


  • The course fee includes the cost of materials shared amongst the group, this includes the materials supplied for the drawing project on the first evening, and one metre of calico and muslin per student.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring:
  • Below is a list of materials that would be useful to bring. You may not end up using them all but it would be good to have them to hand just in case. If you are not coming by car and are unable to carry lots of things, the College Craft Shop stocks everything listed below.
  • Drawing materials:
  • A range of drawing materials to include graphite pencils, coloured pencils, oil pastels and chalk pastels.
  • Coloured inks and paints. watercolours, acrylics, gouache, oils, whatever you have.
  • A selection of brushes of different sizes suitable for any of the above.
  • A bottle of black Indian ink.
  • A variety of papers on which to draw. Try to bring a selection of thicknesses, weights and sizes if possible.
  • Textile materials:
  • A selection and range of plain fabrics including for example: calico, muslin, organza and canvas.
  • A selection of different weights of thread, fine sewing thread, embroidery thread, wool, ribbon, fabric tape, household string. Bring what you have.
  • Sewing equipment, including large needles for heavy weight thread.
  • Apron or overall.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A wide range of drawing/painting materials and paper as on the above list
  • Some plain undyed fabric including calico, muslin and organza
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


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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