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Elements of Design

  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St Vancouver BC, V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Eleanor Hannan

$350 [Includes $85 lab fee] Class limit 14. Nov 15-17 (Fri-Sun) 10am-4pm 

Everything begins with design.

From a simple pattern to the most complex work of art, all objects can be understood in terms of elements such as line, shape, space, texture, and colour.

 This workshop will delve into design elements as they relate to the visual arts and specifically to textiles. Theory will be combined with examples illustrating how artists deliberately use elements to give structure to creative ideas.

Participants will create experimental pieces for a sample book of design elements that will serve their own practice. Working with paper, paint, fabrics, and related materials, participants will explore a single element at a time. This is hands-on play; this is mind/heart-opening experimentation in which design is both a place and a practice to give form to dreams and imagination. Participants will also learn some wonderful fallback ideas for those times of creative stuckness.

 Studying the elements of design can not only improve and deepen the complexity of your own work but also build an appreciation of the work of other artists and give meaning to the experience of art viewing—and this in turn brings new enjoyment to looking at the world in general. Elements of Design is for everyone, whether artist, designer, or art appreciater.   

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Eleanor Hannan

Eleanot is a visual artist and teacher who sees  drawing as the core of her art. She is driven by the ancient adage nulla dies sine linea, “not a day without a line.”

Eleanor has taught design for textiles at Capilano University, textile printing at Emily Carr Univeristy of Art and Design, textile design for fashion at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and surface design in the fashion department at the University of the Fraser Valley.

She has worked for several years on a collaborative project with the writer Elizabeth Dancoes, creating stories based on the history and mythologies of the skirt. The results of this collaboration have been featured in gallery exhibitions and online.

Earlier Event: November 8
Creative Block Printing