Drawing With Threads: Royal Academy

Join the Royal Academy for a weekend-long weaving course, to reclaim the magic of making through a simultaneously universal and often-overlooked artform.

Taking inspiration from self-taught artists and visceral art making practices – themes that RA Summer Exhibition Coordinator Yinka Shonibare RA will be exploring in this year’s show – artist and weaver Ismini Samanidou leads a course exploring the physicality of working with threads.

Over the weekend, using a small frame loom and threads from Ismini’s studio materials collection, you’ll choose and adapt images, as well as learning to develop a colour palette. You’ll focus on using colour, proportion and texture to develop ideas for a finished piece of work – an approach that is central to Ismini’s practice.

This workshop is part of the RA Summer Exhibition 2021 programme: Reclaiming Magic. Focusing on celebrating the work of historically marginalised and overlooked practitioners, this workshop will celebrate the artistic processes of traditional makers (very often women and people of colour), whose work is often deeply embedded in their cultural worlds.

Participants can bring their own visual references to work from, or will be able to choose from a selection of works relating to the Summer Exhibition and the RA’s permanent collection.Workshop leader, Ismini Samanidou, is an artist specialising in weaving. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Crafts Council and numerous corporate and public collections. She has travelled and researched textile techniques worldwide and is particularly interested in the way in which weaving exists as a common autonomous language, crossing cultural and political boundaries and defying time. She has spoken of weaving as a combination of ‘process and mathematical logic’ and ‘magic’, the two coming together to create something entirely new.

18 September 2021, 10.30am — 5.30pm
19 September 2021, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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Text and images: Ismini Samanidou

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