The Mother Ship Digital Residency & e-Campus

Floating upon the waves of the internet, the Mother Ship is our digital artist residency and e-campus. We will set sail on January 5 and our first resident is Edinburgh-based British designer Isabelle Moore.

Chair structures and contemporary seating are the focus of Isabelle Moore’s furniture practice. Developed through drawing, models and fabrication, each piece is shaped by a love of materials and a fascination with the routes revealed by cross media manipulation and geometry.

A fusion of structure, craft skills and body centred design, her work is created in the exploratory environment of artist residencies and in her Edinburgh based studio. She teaches short workshops, exhibits widely and has her work represented in collections at home and abroad.

You can check out her website here.

The project which she will work through with you in January is: 

"Exploring the structural possibilities of woven ‘fabric’ to wrap and present simple objects. This project is inspired by the iconic publication How to Wrap 5 Eggs by Hideyuki Oka. A photographic cultural record of hand crafted utilitarian solutions for wrapping and packaging everyday objects in a pre-industrialised era – published in 1968.  Using an easily accessed resource of thin card or paper strips (possibly cut using a paper shredder) the students can explore ways to generate utilitarian woven forms - with functionality in mind - designed to carry and display multiples of familiar objects.


Areas that could be explored might be weave geometries, platonic solids, lace patterns, static/ dynamic loading, knotting, braiding, folded connections, reciprocating junctions, surface development, termination/ finishing / joining ends, interior/ exterior transitions, modular development for multiple items…"

If you are interested in the book you can find it here (but you don't need it to complete the workshop!)

Classes will be held on Sundays 10, 17, 24 & 31st of January and will all be recorded and stored in your user area.

Then in the first week of February we will hold a digital exhibition of everyone's work :)

We will have Mother Ship orientation on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th of January 2021.

Our History of Costume classes will begin on Tuesday, January 12. We will be using James Laver's "Costume and Fashion: A Concise History" as our text book as it is an excellent book and is readily available. We will have two monthly tutorials on zoom in two different times to accommodate all of the students, we will decide on  these as a group at the beginning of the semester.

If you would like to join us on our virtual campus join the waitlist here below and we will keep you updated with the details, and if you are an artist working in a textile medium who would be interested in being one of our residents you can get in touch here.