Experimental drawing for textiles with Matthew Harris

Art textiles

Ref: SLW11665

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About this course

Examine playful ways to generate images and visual information through drawing. Learn to interpret marks, shape and texture using a range of textile materials.

Course Description

The emphasis on this course is on the individual quality of any material to create something unexpected.

‘Upside down and back to front’

‘Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.’ John Cage

Explore ways in which images and visual information can be generated and developed through drawing. By working with individual imagery gathered in sketchbooks, photographs, etc, we will be trying to exploit the potential of sometimes the most simple and mundane scraps of image, mark and shape. A number of exercises and processes made on the first day will inform responses and interpretations on the next. As you begin to interpret marks, shape and texture using a range of textile materials.


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


  • Batik wax, newsprint and Indian ink to share.

What students need to bring

  • A series of abstract images, either from a sketchbook, found or photographed. These can be things you are currently working with, things you have been meaning to work with for a while or just something you have recently seen or been inspired by.
  • A selection of textile materials: bear in mind, weight, density, strength, flexibility, and rigidity, natural and manmade, old and new.
  • Means of joining: needle, thread of all kinds, glues etc
  • A digital camera

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A selection of wet and dry drawing materials (including black Indian ink and a range of brushes and drawing tools)
  • A selection of papers and surfaces to draw on, including transparent papers
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


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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