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Under Construction

  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC Canada (map)

With Michael Brennand-Wood

$695 [Includes $80 lab fee] class limit 16. May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2019 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

One of the most sought-after courses for those looking  to make a life in art. Students have come out of this workshop wishing it would never end.

When we build an artwork we build it physically, but we also build it conceptually. 

Paul Klee used the simile of the tree as a means to explain how influences are processed through the body (trunk) of the artist into a creative canopy that mirrors the root system but is subtly changed through the individuality of each artist.

Every work exists within a halo of interpretations, ideas, histories, personalities, and meanings. Over the years Michael Brennand-Wood has developed a keen talent for mentoring students—a talent which he claims consists in suggesting the conceptual framework of a piece under construction to students, thus enabling them to progress further with their work, while also creating a richer, more meaningful context to work within.

Under Construction is designed to be an immersive experience with a specific focus on a call and response between new ideas, existing lines of thought, and the participant’s individuality. The ideal outcome is a series of ideas that can be developed in the student’s own studio.

Within this workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore their own practice in a creative, nurturing, and reflective environment. The extended timeline of the workshop permits active engagement on a daily basis. Ideas and constructive methods can be explored, evaluated, and revisited. The group dynamic can be a very powerful additional means of support and criticism, allowing participants to share and exchange areas of artistic interest. 

Creating structures in a variety of media and techniques, the class will also provide the opportunity for an in-depth look at the participants’ own work through group and individual sessions. Often a creative leap is made when artworks are reimagined as part of a series, a thematic exhibition, or a grander project where individual works exist in a network of connections.

Michael is an explorer of visual territories; his work is inter-disciplinary in nature, using textile, wood, metal, paper, and acrylic as his primary materials.

The workshop will centre on techniques and approaches that relate specifically to Michael’s practice. In constructional terms this will include pegging, riveting, bolting, laminating, twisting, warping, layering, wiring, moulding, and splicing in both 2D and 3D form. Collectively we will explore the relationship between the above and related textile techniques including stitching, sewing, patching, quilting, darning, and interlacing. Materials will include wood (both natural and machine cut), metal, wire, paper, plastics, fabric, acrylic paint, and resins.

Additional context will be provided via a visual Wall of Ideas, images, thoughts, and directives selected to inspire, stimulate, and dip into at will.

Michael believes that you have to be as creative with your career as you are with your artwork. Under Construction will include a presentation by Michael on the diversity of his outcomes; exhibitions; competitions; curatorial, private, and public art commissions; education; and research of museum collections.

Additional sessions during the week will provide a forum for participants to discuss and present their own practice, with a view to sharing common concerns, interests, and technical expertise.

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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.

Michael joins us from the U.K.