Drawing in space – using graphic and textile media with Michael Brennand-Wood

Art textiles

Ref: S4D12039

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About this course

Two questions are at the heart of this course, what we draw and how we draw it? Generate imagery using found materials, personal objects and light projection. Explore mark-making, drawing and stitching in space with graphic media and thread.

Course Description

There are two central questions at the heart of this course: what we draw and how we draw it? Over the four days, participants will experiment with the generation of imagery using found materials, personal objects and light projection. These initial drawings on paper and acetate film will be further developed via a series of experimental processes that explore line in both a two- and three- dimensional context. We will in effect attempt to draw/stitch in space.

A dialogue between graphic mark-making (the use of pencil, crayon, wax and acrylic) and thread (linen, cotton, plastic and tape) is explored. Ideally you will experiment with a number of different approaches both conceptually and technically.

The course will begin with an image making session utilising an assemblage of found materials and light projection. Imagery will be projected onto the walls and recorded on large sheets of paper and plastic film. The nature of this process facilitates a quick response to scale, overlay and media. Drawing on Michael’s interest in collage and found objects, and enjoyment of their formal qualities, shape, form and colour, he is also fascinated by the ideas and associations embedded within the form. If we combine pre-used materials we generate a story. The opportunity here is to create a personal image and explore graphic and textile media.

This will be followed by a technical introduction into a number of possible constructional departure points, as to how line can be drawn in space. This will reference relief, sculptural and installation approaches. You will be encouraged to develop personal bespoke technical approaches to imagery. There is no pressure to produce a finished work. The emphasis is on experimentation and the documentation of ideas and approaches that can continue to develop in your own studios.

Punto in Aria, stitch in air, an early form of Italian needle lace is the touchstone for this course.


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


  • One deep MDF frame and baseboard in two sections. Also acetate sheet, paper roll and sundry materials supplied by the tutor.

What students need to bring

  • A selection of found objects, materials that can be used as the basis for the initial projected images. Anything that can fit on a 30cm square plate would be ideal. You can combine images and overlay different materials. The light projects an image on the wall so, anything with holes or a unusual profile might be good. Equally you could build an image with say coins or other small images, project and draw that. The idea is to create, through combing materials an unusual image to project and draw.
  • A collection of further materials, that you enjoy using and which are relevant to the workshop investigation and which might add character to your work e.g. wires, threads, string and wool, fabrics, paints, ribbons, tapes, drawing media, thin papers, a personal textile/paint/work box of the things you like to work with or have collected. Linear material is particularly relevant.
  • The first session will be a brief group introduction and outline of the workshop. You should bring something that either describes your working methods or illustrates your chosen area of visual research. This could be a sketchbook, photograph, object, piece of work or idea/inspiration image that illustrates their practice
  • Also bring some basic tools, scissors, needles, pliers, brushes, etc.
  • Camera/phone to record work

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Paint and graphic media: pencils, crayons, acrylics to draw onto paper
  • Wires, threads, fabrics, papers etc
  • Available from tutor:
  • Cardboard sheets and boxes to create spaces within which to illustrate ideas
  • Wire, flexible mild steel modeling wire (1 – 1.5 mm diameter)
  • Aluminum wire rods 3.2 mm diameter soft pack of 50 x I meter lengths
  • Mild steel modelling wire 20 gauge 300mm lengths bundle
  • Aluminium strips


Michael Brennand-Wood

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.


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

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