Oxford Summer School

In a landscape, what if…

Monday 8th August for 5 days — Cost: £260

Tutor: Amanda Hislop

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Working within the restraints of simple materials and limited colour combinations guided by the experience of landscape, let work grow and unfold in an exploratory course. Take time to create dynamic surfaces to manipulate, work with thread, stitch, and mixed media in response to personal landscapes in a course designed to explore the challenge of intuitive experimentation and the extension of creative boundaries.

Taking landscape observations as a starting point for the development of imaginative outcomes to evoke the experience of being outside in a landscape. Draw on experiences of being in the landscape, be it at a slow walking pace, glimpses through a car or train window or simply sitting in a quiet place and absorbing the view. Landscape has become even more integral to life over recent times, with walking thoughts a means to unravel and make sense of restrictions imposed, a reflection on a simpler slower life. Observe and take inspiration from the distinctive colours textures and forms found in your landscape.

Transform and manipulate paper, cloth, and thread into layered surfaces to work with hand or machine stitch. Take time to let the work unfold; add layers of restricted colour combinations revealing subtle and surprising effects. What would happen if the surface were further developed by folding, fragmenting, rearranging, inserting further stitch; follow your own creative pathway to inspire imaginative outcomes. Enjoy the freedom to develop a collection of paper fabric and mixed media pieces, exploring personal landscape themes in line colour and texture; you have the choice to work with hand or machine stitch or a combination of both. Amanda will guide you through intuitive development of your work with the support of inspirational resources in the form of personal sketchbooks and examples of her work.

Materials Costs to Students

£7 to cover materials cost.