Lines of Thought: Three Dimensional Threads

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

$225 [Includes $50 lab fee] class limit 12. May 26, 2017 (Fri 10am-4pm).

Threads have practical and descriptive dimensions; they unite materials and create surfaces, enable narratives, and allude to pathways, conversations, and fates. Threads facilitate the combination of ideas and themes in the same way they facilitate the combination of layers of cloth.

The majority of threads used in textiles are still largely sourced from shops and suppliers. A personal or adapted thread gives a more expressive constructional starting point at the onset of a textile process. 

This one-day workshop will focus on the creation of a hand-made collection of three-dimensional lines and threads. Participants will create a personal vocabulary of expressive linear elements to be used in future works. Technically we will look at twisting, binding, joining, collage, elasticity, knotting, and tension. Conceptual sources will include references to selected artists whose work has a distinctive linear approach, object writing, calligraphy, ideograms, graphic scores, and rhythmic imagery derived from the musical and natural worlds.

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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.