Descriptively, a thread is a long, thin, cylindrical strand of cotton, wool or synthetic fibre used in embroidery, weaving, spinning or sewing. It may also refer to a theme or narrative running through a story or novel. Within computing terminology, it describes the linking together of separate elements and messages. A thread is also the ridge on the outside of a metal screw or bolt; it facilitates the joining of two parts together. Threads have therefore both a practical and descriptive dimension; they unite materials, create surfaces and combine ideas and themes together, allowing connections to be made between disparate sources.
The majority of threads used in textiles are still to a large extent sourced from shops and other suppliers. Visual artist, curator, lecturer, and arts consultant Michael Brennand-Wood has always been of the opinion that a personal or adapted thread facilitates a more expressive constructional starting point at the onset of a textile process.
We are happy to announce that Michael will be giving a one-day workshop on 13 July, which will focus on the creation of a bespoke collection of three-dimensional lines and threads. Participants will create a personal vocabulary of expressive linear experiments that may well become part of future works. Technically, the workshop will focus on twisting, binding, joining, collage, elasticity, knotting and tension. Conceptual sources will include references to selected artists whose works have a distinctive linear approach, object writing, calligraphy, ideograms, graphic scores and rhythmic imagery derived from the musical and natural world.
Participants will be encouraged to develop original solutions in relation to the core aims of the workshop; this is not a technical or prescriptive course. Emphasis will be placed on the investigation and research of personal imagery and the development of related technical innovation, ideas that can be developed at a later stage.