Sue Lawty's own pared back 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'. Her oeuvre is defined by a minimal nuanced vocabulary and subtlety. These ideas will form the focus for this course.
Using the richnesss of both the internal and external West Dean environment as stimulus, you will explore the juxtaposition of different materials alongside one another in a series of small woven samples. A beautifully curated selection of materials including natural handspun hemps, raphia, wire, papers, silks, linens and other bast fibres will be laid out for your use.
Encouraged to develop exacting attention to detail, you will generate a number of carefully considered samples, each examining a distinct facet in the creation of woven tapestry cloth. The objective is to investigate options through experimentation and thus hone an acute sensitivity to tactile articulation.
Slide presentations will offer inspiration and a collection of the artist’s small works. Samples, books and images will be available throughout the course for study.
Personalised tuition and exchange over the three days is designed to encourage increased rigour and critical awareness in each individual’s own practice. You will leave filled with a greater confidence and an ongoing plan of action.
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.