Two weeks ago, the final day of 3 day workshop with Mathew Harris at Lund Studios was drawing to a close with a review of what we had achieved. As with Matthews previous course in Puglia it was challenging, thought provoking with unexpected results and some interesting techniques and thoughts to take forward.
It was pleasure to be back at Lund Studios for the 3rd time, with lunches from Teehee , Steve's excellent coffee and apples from the trees just outside.
I was staying again at the George in Easingwold , food as wonderful as ever , they adapted the salmon dish for me ( without the seafood) and the apple mousse with bramble sorbet was a work of art ( and tasted delicious).
Matthew gave a fascinating talk on his work , both inspiration and processes and he had a work-in progress pinned together so we could see how it did it. He has work on show at the Bluecoats Gallery in November
The ' drawing and making' workshop was entitled ' Back to Front and Back Again' with the quote from John Cage " Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make "
The idea behind it was to explore the potential of scraps of image, mark and shape from an initial starting point of individual imagery .
We had been asked to bring a series of abstract images ( like the material for ' Window' workshop mine were based on my drawings from my 'Javelin Journeys' )
We drew from our images with Indian ink on a strip of thin paper which was then painted with melted wax and ironed to give it both translucency and some degree of rigidity. This was then folded to make new connections between different areas. The idea was not to produce an artwork in itself but that it would form the basis to draw from
At the end of Day 1 I had created a range of fragments using torn handmade papers and cardboard with a variety of different scale marks , a lot of them with inked raw edges .
Francis Davison . Inspirational , especially his work with envelopes !
Towards the end of the day , thinking about how we would move into textiles if we wished I started painting/ inking some bits of fabric with similar marks. I managed to trip on a step while carrying coffees and banged my knee badly so I needed a bath and lots of wine that evening .
I found this tiny compositions very pleasing, both individually and placing them together. Discussing with Matthew how to combine cardboard and fabric with stitch he suggested imitation of the lines of the corrugations by pleating /folding the fabric and using kantha stitch and waxing paper to give it fabric like qualities.
I'd layered 5 pieces of painted cloth of different qualities from canvas to silk to gauze and stitched them with lines of quilting thread ' referencing' corrugations of cardboard