In Concrete Cushions, discover how to capture the famous shape and form of Canberra’s brutalist architecture by abstracting your photography into a textile design.
Expert tutor Sarah Annand, of OAT Studio, is exhibiting her photography, painting and textiles at PhotoAccess as a part of her exhibition, Building Blocks. In this workshop, experience first hand Sarah’s process of producing her stunning textile fabrics using architectural photography as the basis for her designs. You will develop your photography skills, using an analytical eye to evaluate form and structure in Canberra’s iconic buildings, whilst also learning how to take your photography further into physical forms.
First, you will meet Sarah at the National Gallery of Australia, a site where the majority of her design process begins. Together the group will photograph the brutalist exteriors, interiors, and also explore neighbouring buildings of the High Court of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. The photographic focus will lie on shape, form and block composition, as the final pattern for your cushion will stem from these images.
The next step is to paint! Meeting up a few days later, we’ll analyse our images, and select one from which to make a painting. Using those blockish shapes of the brutalist buildings as inspiration, the simple paintings will be constructed of only the very basic shapes of the building, an abstraction of the original architectural photograph. This process of painting the shapes in your photographs will help you evaluate your shots, and is a crucial step in boiling down the basic elements of composition.
Lastly, your paintings will be digitised, and it is from your painting that the pattern for your cushion will be made. The cushion will be a 50 x 50 cm, 100% Belgian linen cushion with a concealed zip. Sarah will support the group every step of the way, from the photography, to the painting, to making the pattern.
This workshop is best suited for those with some photoshop and lightroom experience. Participants will need to bring their own camera along, however PhotoAccess can supply one if necessary. PhotoAccess will also supply all paints and other materials needed for the production of your cushion!
Saturday 1st May – 10am – 11:30am – Meet at the National Gallery of Australia Outdoor Cafe
Wednesday 5th May – 6-9pm – PhotoAccess
Wednesday 12th May – 6-9pm – PhotoAccess
Your own camera! But don’t worry, if you don’t have one, PhotoAccess can provide one for you. Please let us know if this is the case.
All materials for the workshop: Laptops for editing, software, painting materials, pattern printing for the cushions and the expert advice from Sarah Annand! Participants will need to purchase their own cushions stuffing.
With over a decade in the Textile Industry following a background of art and photography study and practice, Sarah Annand is passionate about the creative process and producing Australian designed textiles for our Interiors. ‘‘My aesthetic is influenced by architecture, which has been a love of mine for as long as I can remember.’