Dorothy Caldwell - Personal Focus

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Dorothy Caldwell - Personal Focus

325.00

This class will provide a period of uninterrupted time to focus on your work and its sources.  Participants will re-evaluate their work through one on one and group discussions and creating.  Artist statements and other forms of articulating the work will be used as a means to further clarify your vision.

Dates October 16-20th 2017

Course Fee £625    

Your place on this course will be secured through an acceptance process. The deadline for applications will be January 10th 2017 

£325 deposit payable on Acceptance 

 

 

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About Dorothy

Dorothy Caldwell is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule. She has carried out research in Japan, India, Australia, the Canadian Arctic on textile traditions and is the recipient of grants and awards including the prestigious Bronfman Award given to one Canadian craftsperson each year.  Her work is included in many permanent collections including the American Museum of Art and Design, Canadian Museum of Civilization, The Carlton and Reta Lewis collection in Washington D.C., The Canadian Consulate Bangkok Thailand, and the International Quilt Museum and Study Center University of Nebraska.

APPLICATION CRITERIA

Your place on this course will be secured through an acceptance process. The deadline is January 10th 2017

 £325 deposit payable after an acceptance email from either Dorothy or I.

Please supply a brief artist's statement, an introduction to your work and personal practice, including 4 images and a link to your website if you have one. Send this to lm@committedtocloth.com and I will forward them on to Dorothy.  If you need to chat about this ring me on +44 7720287860

WORK IN PROGRESS 

This class will provide a period of uninterrupted time to focus on your work and its sources.  Participants will re-evaluate their work through one to one and group discussions and by creating.  Artist statements and other forms of articulating the work will be used as a means to further clarify your vision.  

Some of the subjects we will touch on are:

  • the importance of research for building a strong basis from which to work,
  • what constitutes research,
  • the importance of tradition,
  • identifying interests and how to feed creativity. 

 

Participants must be self directed and willing to do some preliminary work in terms of developing a focus and gathering source material for use during the week.  The main requirement is an open mind, willingness to share yours and others creative journey, and a desire to allow yourself the freedom to expand.

THE ATTITUDE TO BRING:

Narrowing your focus is an important step and necessary in order to fully develop an idea.  We have a short time together so it is important for you to decide, before coming, what your focus will be for the week.  This is not meant to be confining but rather to give a base for you to start from.

This is an opportunity to examine your sources, and decide what has the most meaning for you at this time. You may wish to work on one piece throughout the week, a series of small experimental pieces, or just look and absorb - this is your time. As well as developing your own work, this is a chance to observe how others find ways to "feed" their creative process and to be generous with each other as we expand our area of art quilts and other textile and related art forms.

 

THINGS TO BRING:

  • Tools and materials for the work you've decided to concentrate on
  • Objects, photographs, books, articles (not necessarily on art)that relate to your work and interests. 
  • Things to create a rich environment for yourself to work in and to give others a better understanding of your interests.
  •  Slides, digital, or other images of your work on a memory stick
  • A copy of the book Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott.  We will use this as a starting point for discussing our individual ways of keeping the work going and developing.  You may read it before the class or wait and read it during the week of the Master Class.
  • An example of an artist statement, that you like (not your own), and a picture of that artists work if possible. This should be a few sentences to a paragraph the type that you might see in an exhibition catalogue
  •  Books, catalogues, and magazines to share with others - we will have a "library" table for these.

RECOMMENDATIONS by Jude and Leslie

 I have posted the standard Committed to Cloth Class hours. We suggest that if at all possible that you stay locally. We are considering a group supper at the studio to be able to prolong our focus, work, study, contemplation, conversations, and creative nourishment. This would attract an added fee, if this is the right way to go.

CLASS HOURS

Please arrive no later than 9.15am on the Monday for a 9.30am start.  Teaching hours will run from 9.30am to 5.  The studio opening hours will be from 8.30am to 5.30pm. If you arrive early bear in mind that the Class does not begin until 9:30 and we may still be setting up. 

On Friday, the studio will close at prompt at 4:30.

STUDIO INFORMATION

Lunches, tea/coffee and nibbles and fruit will be provided.

See the Accommodation list, which comes with student feedback, if you need to stay locally.

Contact and Directions : www.committedtocloth.uk/say-hello

 Leslie Morgan lm@committedtocloth.com

or Jude Kingshott  jude.kingshott@btinternet.com