Lorna’s blog for EAST –
“In October Libby and I had the privilege of a trip to West Dean College in Sussex for a 5 day course with Mathew Harris called ‘Drawing for Textiles’.
It was I felt a very relaxed course, which I thoroughly enjoyed, just what I needed to set me up for the winter.
The first day Mathew set up a lot of items hanging together, like an installation, and told up to draw the whole using in pencil looking only at the subject and not removing our pencil from the page, this caused some interesting results. Next we were told to draw the subject again using light pencil for distance, medium pencil for midway views and heavy pencil for items close to us, he also said to move around drawing from differing angles and views. This again produced some interesting results, some people seemed to have difficulty interpreting this idea, but I think we found it interesting.
After this it was up to us, with Mathew’s advice, to add some colour and use our drawings to consider what we would do with them for design. I managed to find several great ideas and some which did not work at all. Many of the group then went into needle and thread to interpret their ideas, but I stayed with drawing and collage which I found very rewarding. All in all a very enjoyable week.
Libby and I stayed an extra night to avoid the Friday afternoon M25 rush, we had a lovely walk in the beautiful grounds and a nice relaxing evening in the lounge. My thanks go to Libby for all the driving which is much appreciated.”