The Mother Ship Digital Residency & e-Campus
In May the Captain of the Mother Ship will be Sydney-based artist Michele Morcos.
Michele Morcos is a multimedia visual artist with a studio practice in Sydney, Australia. She graduated from UNSW Art & Design (Collage of Fine Arts) in 1999 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting/drawing) and a BA Honours in Art Theory.
Michele has exhibited her work in eight solo exhibitions and over twenty group exhibitions throughout Australia. She has been selected twice as a finalist for The Brett Whiteley Art Scholarship and also for major prizes such as the Mosman Art Prize, and the Urban EDGE contemporary art prize.
During the past 1o years, Michele has lectured and taught at Macquarie University, and in a number of art galleries including ADC: Australian Centre for Design in Sydney. She has also completed Artist-in-residence programs in Australia & overseas. In 2016 Michele collaborated on a public art project with DoeandDoe to create a ten minute hand drawn animated film for Transport NSW’s Wynscreen project, while exhibiting a new collection of works for her seventh solo exhibition at Koskela Gallery in Sydney.
In March 2018 Michele exhibited a new installation artpiece for Art Month 2018 in the red project: a group exhibition curated by Alison at The Coal Loader Site in Balls Point Sydney, and in September, exhibited her eighth solo exhibition in Sydney entitled Everywhen : sensory displays of affection and alight, that focused on painted, drawn, sculpted, and coil woven artworks.
In 2020 Michele exhibited new work at Sabbia Gallery, the Jamfactory in Adelaide, and completed her 9th solo exhibition at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Sydney.
Currently Michele has an artist studio in an Inner West Council artspace in Australia st Camperdown.
You can check out her website here.
The project which she will work through with you in May is:
The woven form can tell a complex story through the simplest of means –
Through simple/reclaimed materials and uncomplicated coiling + stitch techniques – (plain/pearl) – intricate details and emotive mark making can be interlaced through each coloured and textured thread.
To create complex truths and emotional journeys through the drawing medium, all you need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and the artists’ hands.
Through each raw mark on the page, stories can be crafted, as the artist can feel their way through the materials - telling stories that more often than not, come from personal and soulful experiences.
Instead of looking to weaving to tell you a story – think of weaving as a medium in which you can create your own story through each stitch, colour, and texture that will effectively impart your style... or language.
1. Discover your mark making style through drawing and through colour experimentation
Action drawing activates the intuitive and creative mind using simple materials and drawing styles. Like the Steiner technique of teaching – active drawing exercises free the mind, body and emotions - accessing your intuitive mark making style without over thinking and over complicating your drawing.
2. Colour experimentation – look to nature. To your clothes. To objects surrounding you. To your environment. What excites your eye?
Without too much thought – let you eye wonder around your immediate surroundings to locate colours, patterns, motif, and textures that interest you. These could then inform your textile design, the colours for your own weaving, and the shapes that you would like to create. Also think about the mark making that you created in your active drawings.
Is there a personal story you would like to develop?
3. Weaving – sculpting your mark making into a 3d form
At this point everyone’s story will be different and unique as you start to translate your initial drawings, colour experiments, textiles into your final woven pieces.
What materials would you like to weave with? This is the final process.
Open form? Closed form? On the wall? On the floor? Wearable? Small? Large?
Tight stitch marks? Loose?
Embellishments? Highly textured? High colour? Monochrome?
List of materials you may like to experiment with …..
Natural Raffia hank 1kg
Coloured Raffia 250kg
Small raffia 50kg
Chenille Needles size 18
Wool/ leather/silk thread/natural fibres /
pods +seeds/plastic bags/rope/jute/material off-cuts
Soft and/or Oil Pastels
Pencils, progressos, charcoal
To bring for inspiration
Then in the first week of June we will hold a digital exhibition of everyone's work :)
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.
Coiled Vessel, 2016
Raffia and Found Materials