Fusion and Transformation

with Michael Brennand-Wood and Philip Sanderson

Monday 11th to Friday 15th June (5 days) 10am-5pm each day


Plus £5 per day for lunch (optional) – all dietary requirements catered for

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In this masterclass you will develop individual textile explorations and assemblages, drawing on the creative expertise of and practices of Michael Brennand-Wood and Philip Sanderson. You will explore several lines of enquiry: structure, multiple warps, thread construction, and collage as weft, as you integrate objects and assemblages into a bespoke frame.

Taking the idea of warp threads or elements under tension as an initial starting point, you will create structures and foundations on which to build. You will be encouraged to use a variety of techniques and processes, to define a space within the primary structure, integrating objects and assemblages of interest to you. As the work develops, the introduction of new elements will be increasingly directed by their relationship between the other structures and surfaces as well as their connection to the original frame.

The workshop will be a good opportunity to experiment with the boundaries and definitions associated with traditional processes and create areas of enquiry that may begin to inform future works. This promises to be a fun and perplexing opportunity to play: to experiment around a theme with no fixed outcomes.

This class is suitable for all abilities. The focus is on working towards independent practice.

About the tutors

Michael Brennand-Wood is a visual artist who uses everything from computerised machine embroidery, acrylic paint, wood, glass and collage alongside textiles to create his mixed media pieces. His work is exhibited in many major galleries. Alongside his career as artist, Michael has been a lecturer, curator, and arts consultant.

Philip Sanderson is tapestry weaver and Creative Director of the West Dean Tapestry Studio and Associate tutor across West Dean’s Visual Arts Programme. Commissions include designs for two tapestries for the Palace of Westminster.

Working closely to design and weave a tapestry at West Dean in 2012 provided an opportunity for Philip and Michael to discuss and exchange ideas. They discovered they speak a similar but subtly different language and share a strong interest in the construction of both three- and two-dimensional imagery.

  • To see more examples of Michael’s work, go to his website.

All photos courtesy of Peter Mennim

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