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Fractals and Serendipity

Dates: 17 – 23 July 2016
Tutor(s): Alexandra Kehayoglou
Type of workshop: Design / Textile / Patterns
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

Through my work I discovered that one submerges in an unconscious process when attempting to reproduce this imperfect / perfect organization of natural patterns.

In this workshop we’ll find and reproduce the imperfect balance of patterns in nature through textile and wood work. The exercise of reproducing nature faces you with the challenge of competing with the slow, intricate, chaotic and pseudo-perfect mechanisms of creation.

The workshop will be about discovering interesting natural patterns in Boisbuchet that can be easily related to textile work. And when we say textile, we can relate it to nature but also to skin, the exoskeleton, and the limits or outbounds of any defined body.

Considering that fractals are the ultimate disposition of minuscular micro bodies that make a whole, we can identify patterns as a constructive disposition. Following this idea, we can re-construct skins in textiles or material-mixtures for other pieces that are horizontally structured.

We’ll first envision possible fractals to work with, explore these or other patterns in the wilderness, and explore scale and repetition of morphologies. We then propose textiles and objects that reproduce and intervene with the landscape. For the final production of these works we’ll use looms and Boisbuchet’s wood workshop.

I’m curious to encounter together with you the fortunate accidents that exist both in nature and in the creative process.

2015-04-29_10-38-56 copyAlexandra Kehayoglou (Buenos Aires, 1981) is a visual artist who develops large format sculptures in textile media. She is primarily interested in the production processes linking art to the craft and developing functional works where the knowledge of materials, techniques and a unifying concept of the work are combined as inseparable components. The pieces are produced in her studio using retrieved material from the factory owned by her family. The textile is weaved using a handtuft system with a pistol that the artist manipulates on vertical racks to create the weft that gives shape to the final piece. This production process is long, complex and almost performative due to the required corporality and technical precision. Her work includes a catalog of memories of different native landscapes that she has visited and seeks to preserve from the passage of time. Her pastizales (greenlands), potreros (paddocks), refugios (shelters), and tapestries are presented as sublime realities of which the viewer can participate through contemplation and the actual use of the piece. Each one of them is unique, with a texture, pattern, and unrepeatable palette that have been created from her family’s textile tradition and lends a new significance to the craft of carpet weaving.
Recent exhibitions of her work include Frieze in London 2015, Friday Late: Journeys from the South at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London 2015, LISTE 2015 in Basel and the Dries Van Noten’s show at the Paris Fashion Week in summer 2015.

http://alexkeha.com/