Back to Front and Back Again with Matthew Harris – 5th/6th/7th July 2019

Back to Front and Back Again - A Drawing and Making workshop with Matthew Harris

Matthew Harris is a graduate of the textile course at Goldsmiths College and has been working with textiles since 2000, having for the previous ten years made and exhibited drawings and works on paper. He has shown in a number of group and solo exhibitions throughout the U.K, Ireland and Japan.

Matthew Harris makes work that employs dying, cutting and hand stitching. It is concerned primarily with abstract imagery and the translation of drawn marks into cloth. By making work that is pieced, patched and assembled, he aims to create pieces that explore repetition, pattern and the disrupted or dissonant journey of line and image across and through the surface of cloth.

I have spent many years working with students, getting them to think about the development of a personal visual language for textiles through the medium of drawing etc. This means that any project I write is usually a starting point for very individual responses and subsequently a lot of one to one teaching, in order that participants really think about their own personal visual language and ongoing work - Matthew Harris

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.

All materials are provided  but you may wish to bring along 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 (more details about this closer to the workshop date)

As this is a three day course you may wish to stay near the studio, we can recommend various accommodation option by emailing

£425 including all materials, 2 course lunch & refreshments each day (3 day course)

***A £200 (non refundable) deposit is required to secure your place with the balance of £225 due 31/5/19***




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