Grounds for Expression: Bespoke Surfaces


  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada
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With Michael Brennand-Wood

$350 [Includes $75 lab fee] class limit 12. May 24, 25, 2017 (Wed, Thu 10am-4pm).

As a rule we build from the ground upwards. Ground may be territory, foundation, surface, battle area, subject, image, or, of course, a fabric base on which to begin. Ground is the essential area where something happens.

The purpose of this two-day workshop is to create bespoke personal grounds that have, within their construction, qualities that aid and stimulate creativity. If it’s flexible, go flexible. Surfaces are imbued with personal meaning that feels part of an idea from the onset: a visual landscape to explore. 

Participants will experiment with technical and conceptual approaches: how to structure, layer, distort, articulate, and shape fabric in a largely non-traditional form. Fabrics and threads will be utilized alongside non-textile media: wood, metal, paint, resins, and plastic. Participants will be shown samples and experiment with riveting, moulding, wiring, and other methods of construction. Additional content will focus on the use of grounds within the arts and the natural world as sites for inspiration.

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About Michael Brennand-Wood

Michael Brennand-Wood is internationally regarded as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles today.

A defining characteristic of his work is a sustained commitment to the conceptual synthesis of contemporary and historical sources, in particular the exploration of three-dimensional line, structure, and pattern. He has persistently worked within contested areas of visual practice: embroidery, pattern, lace, ornamentation, con-flict, and floral imagery. He believes that the most innovative contemporary textiles come from an assured understanding of both textile technique and history.

Michael Brennand-Wood is a visual artist, curator, lecturer, and arts consultant. Since 1979 he has occupied a central position in the research, origination, and advocacy of contemporary international art textiles. He has exhibited in major galleries and museums worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.