Sketching for Textiles with Tansy Hargan – 11 March 2023


The Artist

Tansy Hargan is a British artist based in Sheffield, U.K. With a background in architecture and landscape architecture, Tansy’s art is an exploration of place, time and materiality. “I explore urban and rural places with my sketchbook, making brisk marks and colour blocks to simplify and record snapshots of what I experience. Repetition and annotation are important parts of my practice, both in helping me see and understand concepts and typologies and as a way of generating multiple compositions for distinct bodies of work. My mixed media palette is an allusion to the materials and mechanisms of landscape: it is layered and adapted, diverse and inventive. I deconstruct old garments to harvest high quality fabrics, which I combine with utility textiles and commercial by-products, such as tailors’ waste. My methods mimic geophysical activity, as I alter reclaimed textiles by staining, bleaching, scraping, scoring, and slashing. My work develops in stages, with layers added and taken away repeatedly, and traces of past iterations visible through and between subsequent veils and fibres.”

The workshop

This workshop has been specifically designed for makers working with fabric and stitch who would like to improve their skills and confidence in sketching. Students, professionals, and pleasure-seeking free-time stitchers will benefit from Tansy’s textile-oriented exercises in mark making, observational drawing, and design development. In addition to exploring the use of line, form, pattern, and writing in sketching, this workshop will also look at colour with some liberating exercises in blending and matching colours from across the colour wheel.
No drawing experience necessary. All materials provided. Please feel free to bring your own sketchbook and art supplies if, for example, you have materials you favour or would like to try out. Tansy will bring along a small selection of sketching tools and art media available to purchase, for anyone that wants to take their new skills home but has gaps in their art kit.

11 March 2023
10 - 4.30
£90 Includes all materials & refreshments - please bring along lunch or alternatively visit one of the two Cafes on site or the award winning farm shop.