Summer School Tutors
Amanda Clayton & Richard McVetis.We are pleased that Amanda Clayton and Richard McVetis, have both agreed to tutor workshops in our next Summer School event.
Amanda and Richard will each tutor exciting workshops for our students.
They are both well known textile artists in their own right and experienced in leading fantastic workshops.
See their profiles below.
Amanda is obsessed by the purity of thread and cloth.
Hand stitching is her passion and the simplicity of a neutral palette allows the qualities of cloth to be explored.
She is now working freelance after an enjoyable and satisfying few decades working on Art Foundation courses. Teaching has always gone hand in hand with producing new work and at this time she was involved with both ‘The 62 Group’ and ‘The Textile Study Group’ and is also a life member of ‘The Embroiderers’ Guild’ ‘Stitching’ and evolving new work is her current priority balanced with some Embroiderers’ Guild Branch talks/day schools and a few ‘open’ workshops such as Moor Hall, Shropshire; Art Van Go, Hertfordshire; Committed to Cloth, Surrey; and Sunnycroft National Trust Property, Wellington, Shropshire.
She enjoys sharing her practice with others and is particularly interested in the way we all respond to similar elements with our own visual language. Starting points and sources for inspiration are always part of her workshop agenda as she feels there are many embroiderers’ who just lack a little confidence to explore their creative potential.
Richard uses a range of media including drawing, installation and textiles to explore our perception of space and time. His minimalist work is an endless exploration, not just of form but of the reclamation and potential of process and repetition within stitch. A step-by-step examination of perspective and scale which unearths the human condition.
His process is labour-intensive and centres on the use of hand embroidery that reflects a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of process, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. In addition, the mapping of space and marking time and form are central themes.
Richard explores the way time and place are felt, experienced and constructed. Ideas are often developed in response to, or created specifically to a moment, visualising and making this a tactile and tangible object. The pieces created explore how objects, materials and places, through the action of hands, bear witness to the passing of time, of the mundane and monotonous regularity of everyday existence.