‘Our tactile experiences are elemental’ - Anni Albers.
The overriding aim of this course is to hone eye, hand and intellect in the intricate interplay of structure, material and design in woven tapestry.
The tutor's own quiet, minimal and abstract works are strongly informed by the material of their construction. Whether working in linen, hemp, raphia or lead, she talks of the 'integrity of mark-making intrinsic to particular thread or structure' and her focus is to 'make work that speaks its own vocabulary'. These ideas will form the focus for this week.
You will generate several carefully considered samples, each examining a distinct facet in the creation of woven tapestry cloth.
Using a repertoire of interlaced structures, participants will investigate ways of drawing with the weave to explore movement, mark, shape, pattern, rhythm, tone, texture, scale, interval, spacing or even time.
Encouraged to develop meticulous attention to detail, participants will research structure through a variety of materials. The objective here is to develop an acute sensitivity to tactile articulation and subtle textural nuances.
The dialogue between material, process and idea.
By training sensibilities in both an acute awareness of inner structure and particularity of thread, you will develop heightened intuitiveness to the integration of these with concepts, and thus be better placed to bring greater rigour to the design content of their work.
The magnificent environment of West Dean, from the architecture and grounds to the grand tapestries inside, offers a rich stimulus from which to draw inspiration; whilst in the studio, some of the artist’s small works, samples, books and images will be available for study. A beautifully curated selection of materials including natural handspun hemp, raphia, wire, papers, silks, linens and other bast fibres will be laid out for your use.
Mid-winter school week – 6-11 December
Mark Cazalet, Sue Lawty, Kyra Cane, Helen Turner, Cas Holmes
This group of five courses works with the common thread of encouraging you to refresh your creative output and inspire new work over the coming winter months. They are suitable for intermediate and advanced artists and makers.
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)
Sue Lawty is a highly experienced artist, designer and teacher, whose work is in collections worldwide including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London where she held a year-long residency. Prestigious Artist Research Fellowships include Smithsonian Museums USA and University of Leeds. In 2017, Earth Materials was published about Sue’s work.