Thursday, April 14, 2011

RANDOM PRECISION

2011 Maiwa Textile Symposium Workshop
Michael Brennand-Wood
(Maiwa Loft - Net Loft Granville Is.)
$350 (Includes $50 Lab Fee)    Three full days - Class Limit 12    
September 7 - 9 (Wed - Fri) 10am - 4pm


“A consistent feature of my practice is the inter-relatability of structure, the micro and macro. I’ve always been interested in the construction of component parts that fuse at a distance into a coherent form.”

-Michael Brennand-Wood

This workshop will provide a rare opportunity to work closely with accomplished artist and curator, Michael Brennand-Wood in a small classroom environment.


Using a personal collection of materials with strong linear qualities, participants will develop an individual vocabulary of three-dimensional line. This personal lexicon provides the essential framework for this challenging workshop. Students will engage in an exploration of stitch, depth, translucency, illusion, and structure.

Students will be encouraged to develop original solutions to design challenges. Through investigation and research of personal imagery and technical innovation, critique, and discussion of personal ideas and research sources, students will strengthen both conceptual and practical skills.

The workshop will generate ideas and approaches that could be developed individually or in a group context.

Random Precision will cover the following materials and techniques: multi-media construction using fabric, thread, metal, paper, paint, wood plus other collage material. Techniques will include the preparation of a personal vocabulary of three-dimensional line. Line investigation and the construction of three-dimensional forms will be used as a basis on which to work.

Michael joins us from the United Kingdom.

Michael Brennand-Wood will give a lecture on Saturday, September 10.


Michael Brennand-Wood

is internationally regarded as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles. He 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 world wide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

He won The Creative Concept Award in 1987 and The Fine Art Award in 1989 at the International Textile Competition in Kyoto, followed by the first RSA Art for Architecture Award 1990. In 1990 he was awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellow, British Council, City University, Kyoto, Japan. In 1992 he was 1st Prize Winner at the 3rd International Betonac Prize in Belgium.

From 2001-08 he was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts in conjunction with the University of Ulster to research geometrical complexity in Central Asian textiles at Ulster University, Belfast. In 2007 he won the Fine Art Award, Phaff Art Embroidery Still Life in France.

Mr. Brennand-Wood’s recent activity includes two new works for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds and the development of an interdisciplinary arts programme for Colston Hall, a music venue in Bristol. He is currently Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. brennand-wood.com

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