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About Matthew Harris
Matthew 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 widely throughout the U.K, Europe, U.S.A and Japan and in 2010 was short-listed for the first Arts Foundation Award for Textile Art.
'My courses are about encouraging students to develop ways in which to generate a personal visual language through a variety of materials and processes that include drawing and making.
My own work has many starting points but at its heart is a ritual of making and unmaking that is about exploring the relationship between process, material and imagery'.
About the course
The aim of this workshop is to explore playful ways in which images and visual information can be generated and developed through drawing. By working with individual imagery gathered in sketch books, photographs etc, we will be trying to exploit the potential of sometimes the most simple and mundane scraps of image, mark and shape.
Day 1 Drawing
Working from a series of sketchbook images, drawings, photographs etc we will explore a number of exercises and processes that will allow you to generate and develop visual information from an apparently simple starting point. By the end of the day you should have a series of images that will form the starting point for the work on day 2
Day 2\3 Response and interpretation
Days two and three are about development and interpretation. The images that were created on day one now become a starting point or template for the development of further images that distill and evolve the original imagery, moving it away from the original starting point in an attempt to create new and unexpected visual material.
The interpretation of these images into textile materials is the final stage of the project, though you may decide at this stage that paper is enough. Whether you decide to continue with paper or move into textile materials the emphasis is always on how you might sensitively interpret anything you have done on paper.
3 day workshop
£200 non refundable deposit to book
balance payment £220 - 1st Aug 22
includes all materials & refreshments - please bring along lunch or alternatively visit one of the two Cafes on site as well as an award winning farm shop.