BALLARAT – SPRING
21st to 27th September 2020View Event
Richard McVetis is a British artist, known for his meticulously embroidered drawings and sculptures. His artistic practice centres on his training as an embroiderer through the use of traditional hand stitch techniques and mark making. Using laboured and meticulously worked wools and multiples of embroidered dots and crosses, he explores the similarities between pen on paper and thread on fabric, employing a limited vocabulary of mark making and deliberately subdued colour to create a binary simplicity.
His work reflects a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of process, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. In addition, the mapping of space and marking time and form are central themes. McVetis explores the way time and place are felt, experienced and constructed. Ideas are often developed in response to, or created specifically to a moment; visualising and making time a tactile and tangible object. The pieces created explore how objects, materials and places, through the action of hands, bear witness to the passing of time.
For this workshop Richard has drawn on his love of stitching, paying attention to time, labour and care to develop a week of stitching.
The workshop will explore a combination of traditional hand embroidery techniques, how you do it and why you do it. We will explore the tenderness; the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching; the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark making; and the pleasure in having time to make.
This is an experimental approach to stitch and draws on the imagination of each participant. Create textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, work freely, and combine stitches to mark make and draw. Practical help will be given by demonstrating the many ways in which this can be achieved using the most simple of hand embroidery techniques, no knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques are needed. The emphasis will be on both group and individual tuition.
-To develop traditional hand embroidery skills
-To translate your own your thoughts and inspiration into stitch
-To develop an understanding of embroidery as a contemporary art medium