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Kickstart: Who Do You Think You Are?

Workshop Tutor

 

A change to our workshop format this year.  We have invited artist Claire Botterill to do all the workshops.

 

 

Claire writes: “This is a very inspiring subject that lends its self to be portrayed in many ways and I have some diverse ideas that link in with textiles and also about the human condition’.

 

 

“We shall be looking at Grayson Perry and taking inspiration from him.  Grayson Perry Turner prize winner 2003 is a potter who has recently produced a series of tapestries that were exhibited in the Herbert Art Gallery Coventry last year.  What I admire about this man is how he looks at the human psyche and his interest in storytelling and his interest in people.

 

A contemporary artist David Hockney has taken my interest for this workshop as I like his way of thinking when doing portraits they are not a photographic copy of the physical but he delves further into knowing the person as he says he likes to observe the hands, feet and body language as much as the face.  I am sure that if someone showed you a picture of say your fathers or mothers hands or feet and nothing else you would immediately know it was them and we will be enjoying this kind of observation in this work shop.

 

Wow what an historical document The Bayeux Tapestry is and a textile to boot.  I visited this several years ago and felt the power of its message.  I personally felt very much influenced by the image of Harold as he spoke to the aging King Edward the Confessor his body language was very subservient and this tapestry is full of expressive dramatic body language.  I thought we could use the same style strokes in this work shop as the actual stitching style in the tapestry.

 

Cartoon Caricatures.  What fun!  We will be observing the style of Gerald Scarf and Quentin Blake and looking at what a caricature says how and why what we do, it’s about extremes and looking at peoples physical features, exaggeration for example if a person is smiley we make the smile bigger if they have small eyes we make them smaller.

 

The modern phenomena of Selfies!  This is so interesting with the new technology presenting social comment.  I feel that it askes several questions and it would be good to explore the thinking behind this fashion in peoples personal communication.  Is this really the way they are and how they want to project themselves to the world?  Why do they take so many?  What is the influence of Face book.



The Tattoo fashion has exploded most recently into western fashion for artistic, cosmetic or sentimental reasons.  Many find it an attractive decoration of themselves to proclaim the uniqueness of self.


 

Traditionally tattoos served as rites of passage, marks of status or rank, symbols of religious or spiritual devotion.  They can also indicate bravery, sexual or fertility, talismans, slavery or prisoners.  Do you have one – or more?


 


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Erica Thomson,
12 May 2017, 11:59
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12 May 2017, 11:51
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Erica Thomson,
12 May 2017, 12:00
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Erica Thomson,
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Erica Thomson,
12 May 2017, 11:55