‘Being (t)here’ is an intensive site-specific masterclass that looks at the poetics of place through immersion in the local landscape. Each class is tailored to exploring its particular locality, but also covers the fundamentals of bundle dyeing on both textiles and paper. On sunny days we spend time outside making experiential wanderings. If the weather dictates, some work will take place indoors.
Using cloth, stitch, paper and locally gathered plant dyes (from weeds and windfalls) along with drawing, writing, mark-making and paper-folding techniques (developed especially for the class) we build a series of small and intricate workbooks mapping the journey of our time together. We record our experiences through dyeing, drawing and painting as well as through poetry and story, developing a vocabulary of marks from the landscape and gathering.
Through engaging deeply with place, we find a way home into ourselves. ~India Flint