A Room with a View
Dates: 4 Sept - 8 Sept 2017 (mon - fri)
Location: Elphin by Ullapool
Course Places : Spaces available
Price : £380
“It was pleasant to wake up in Florence, to open the eyes upon a bright bare room, with a floor of red tiles which look clean though they are not; with a painted ceiling whereon pink griffins and blue amorini sport in a forest of yellow violins and bassoons. It was pleasant, too, to fling wide the windows, pinching the fingers in unfamiliar fastenings, to lean out into sunshine with beautiful hills and trees and marble churches opposite, and, close below, Arno, gurgling against the embankment of the road.”
E.M. Forster, A Room with a View
As humans, our world is divided into two: the outside world, full of natural splendour, to which our gaze is drawn again and again, and the inside world of our home, which we furnish with colours and objects that bring us joy and connect us to the places, people and past that make up our identity. And the threshold between these two worlds is the windowsill, where we often choose to display our most treasured artefacts – a little jug bought in a junk shop, shells from a favourite beach, flowers given to us by a friend or lover – almost like an altar, allowing the light from outside to add brilliance to their beauty.
The starting point for this course is a small collection of your own favourite artefacts and a photograph of your favourite view, whether it is indeed the one from your own window, or one from your favourite place to visit. By the end of the week, you will have combined these subjects of adoration into a composition containing both landscape and still life, in the tradition of such painters as Mary Fedden and Elaine Pamphilon.
Of course, your work will have an entirely different quality in that the medium will be textile collage rather than paint, using cloth that you have dyed and printed yourself and using the textile techniques of positive and negative appliqué, as well as free-style embroidery, by machine and by hand.
This course has an emphasis on the careful consideration of colour and composition and is written with the aim of each student completing one highly-worked collage. You will, however, go home with a good collection of hand-dyed and printed cloths and lots of ideas for developing these into a whole range of new works.
No experience is required for this course, other than knowing how to operate a sewing machine. All materials are provided, including a picture frame for your finished piece of work.
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Much of the attraction of this area of the country is the wildness it has retained as a result of the limited impact of human habitation. Of course, this means that there are fewer choices of accommodation for the intrepid visitor, but there are still a wide number of options, many of which can be found on the Accommodation links page.
To read about an innovative community partnership approach to preserving and improving this landscape for the benefit of all, have a look at Coigach and Assynt Living Landscapes. To find out about the fascinating geology of this area go to North West Highland Geopark.