Michael regards courses as stalking horses for ideas. His workshops are designed to mentor, empower, and substantiate participants own practice via individual and group discussion.
Restored and remixed will investigate how imagery is changed and re-contextualized by the addition of new information to the core artifact. To replace that which has worn or disappeared creates a space for something new to happen.
Re-mixing within musical terms allows the existing master tapes or source to be re-imagined, a song might be edited or completely recreated to sound different from the original version. The pitch of a voice or the tempo might be altered; sounds and rhythms can be extended, duplicated, and looped. Restoration musically, is concerned with the preservation and transfer of recorded sound from one format to another, tape to vinyl and disc to download.
Restoration, recycling, repair and remaking are also a cornerstone of textile practice. The trade of textiles inevitably resulted in the assimilation of motifs, patterns and imagery at times reconfigured and re-imagined into the most inappropriate of contexts until all original meanings were lost.
Implicit within these processes are allusions to history, archeology, functionalism, politics and aesthetics. Decisions may well be shaped by the artists desire to reinvent from a transgressive or loving perspective. Whether to destroy, alter or substantiate the original intention and meaning of a work is a potentially interesting point of departure.
For this workshop participants will be asked to to bring an existing textile artifact. What transpires is dependent upon your personal orientation, all the tutor asks is that the original object or image evolves into something different and unexpected. Over the four days, Michael will guide your through strategies and critical analysis. Additional processes will inevitably encompass, photography, text, drawing and collage.
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 until 9pm, 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)
Michael has an international reputation as one of the most innovative artists working in textiles today. He has lectured at Universities in London, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Poland and USA.His work is represented in collections worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Gallery of Australia.
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