Activating the Surface

Activating the Surface

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Course Details

Mary has very kindly adapted this course to an on-line course, so you now will be able to work within the comfort of your own working space from wherever you are in the world. The content of this course will be based on the face to face course Mary originally planned but with a few changes. You will still be working closely with Mary, sharing work, powerpoints, instructions, demonstrations and critique but with more time inbetween to develop ideas. It will feel as if you are working with Mary within the studio space at Moor Hall.

You will be sent the Zoom link and the requirements nearer to the course. Dates for the course are: 6/13/20 September at 4-6pm and then two weeks later on 4 october at 4-6pm.

Course Description

During these workshop sessions we shall explore practical and sometimes energetic ways of working on paper and fabric, and adopt a free approach encouraged by the physical nature of applying colour and marks. The aim of the workshop is to build up vibrant, detailed surfaces with depth, using a variety of techniques, building up effects gradually and responding to whatever works best. We shall use the most expressive and unexpected ideas to develop into stitched pieces.

To support an experimental approach and discover new ways of working  we shall make reference to the work of some 20th century artists. This is an opportunity to research some unfamiliar artists at whatever level you choose to add another dimension to your ways of working.

There will be some preparation before each session to make the most of  the course. You can choose whether to create a series of samples or develop one or more into resolved pieces of work. The schedule will allow for experimentation and time to consider and optimise on the most spontaneous and lively results. Above all it is about being brave and having a go!

Mary Sleigh

I am a textile artist, maker, tutor and author. Much of the joy in what I create is in the actual making process, allowing work to change through construction. Using mixed media is important to my way of working; combining fabric and stitch with other materials and sometimes found objects. Finding connections with places and people and the traces left by past generations are significant to my current work. I have been an avid collector since childhood and my collections map significant moments, capture the essence of a place and offer starting points for new work. Foraging, finding, sorting, remembering, ordering and recording become embedded in developing ideas for new work. 

Course length:4 sessions
1:Tue6 Sep 2022
2:Tue13 Sep 2022
3:Tue20 Sep 2022
4:Tue4 Oct 2022
Cost: £140

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