‘Z Twist’ is a project of three residencies for mid-career textile practitioners, designed to promote collaborative working between individual makers, business, education and heritage.

A Somerset Art Works project in partnership with Stroud International Textiles, Somerset College and Somerset Heritage Service

Running over a period of 3 months January- March 2014, the residencies will place a designer/maker within a traditional textile setting and ask them to explore the specific craft materials, techniques and processes associated with that context. Based upon this research they will create a small body of experimental textile work and associated interpretation and documentation.

Central to the residencies will be a commitment to learning and sharing. As well as creating their own piece of work in response to their residency, each of the resident makers will work with students from the Fashion, Textiles & Surface Design degree course at Somerset College and/or another educational group (e.g. school, a sixth form college, adult or further education

Through presentations, workshops and web based learning the students will be engaged in the creative research, designing and making processes of the resident designer/makers and will be required to create their own exploratory work.

The three artists who will be starting in January are :

Lucy Lean   http://www.lucyleanart.com/
Debbie Smyth http://debbie-smyth.com/
Penny Wheeler http://seamcollective.wordpress.com/

Details of the project will be placed on the page and links to the artist’s blogs and web sites.

All three artists will be working towards two exhibitions; The Z –Twist exhibition and symposium at Somerset College as part of the ‘MAKE, CREATE, CULTIVATE’ two year programme in July and the Stroud International Textile Festival in April 2014.

For more information about the Z Twist education programme please contact:
Patricia Dixon, Z Twist Coordinator for SAW:  Patricia.dixon@me.com


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