TEXT-ile with Matthew Harris

TEXT-ile with Matthew Harris - 10th, 11th & 12th September 2021

About 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.

About the Course

TEXT—ile

A project exploring the creative potential of the calligraphic mark

Textile references are deeply embedded in our culture, history and everyday language. The structures and processes of textile in particular are referenced time and again. We speak of the fabric of something, of spinning yarns, weaving tales and narrative threads. There is undoubtedly a symbiotic relationship between the ways in which we think and express ideas with words, and the ways in which we construct and form textile materials with our hands. It is this relationship between Textiles and language that we will be exploring in this project. In particular it is the relationship between textiles and the hand written word that will form the starting point for an exploration of textile processes and materials.

This project takes as it’s starting point TEXT, the visual language of words. In particular it is about hand written text, whether your own or someone else’s and it’s potential to convey a message or meaning beyond the words that are spelt out. In many respects handwriting is a form of drawing, one that has evolved from signs, symbols and codes over millennia. Over time systems of language have developed that allow us to convey meaning through groups of essentially abstract shapes that form alphabets.
Starting with drawing we will be looking at ways in which you can ‘play’ with writing. By taking individual words or sentences we will begin to explore both narrative and abstract elements of form and pattern, scale, shape and structure through a series of drawing exercises. We will look at ideas of repetition and legibility, at what point is any meaning lost, at what point do words become illegible. These drawings will form the starting point for two and three dimensional textile experimentation.

£435 including materials, 2 course lunch and refreshments - 3 day workshop 10-4.30
£200 non-refundable deposit at time of booking
£235 balance payable 30/7/2021

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