Matthew Harris Retreat

At the beginning of this month, three of our members attended a three day retreat with the lovely Matthew Harris at Studio 11 here in (sunny) Eastbourne. This course was open to individuals who have been lucky enough to study with Matthew in the past; and having enjoyed Matthew’s enthusiasm, drive and ability to push us beyond our comfort zone previously, we were all keen to rise to the challenge again.

Titled ‘From Parts to a Whole‘, Matthew started by getting us all to carry out the same exercises, but by the beginning of day two we were all doing completely different things … and with very different results, expertly guided by Matthew’s mentoring.

These are a few photos of my (Sarah) personal journey those three days.

I started with this tape measure, found in an ‘antiquities shop’ in St Leonards on Sea …

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And after a few hours it looked like this …

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And the next day …

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And then …

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Not quite sure where I will go from here, only time will tell (and I still have 100 yards of waxed linen tape measure that I haven’t even begun to explore.) But for the moment I (we) need to focus on work for our next exhibition; but I will be returning to these exercises and marks in due course.