studio aphorisma


2014 Courses programme

Weaving courses
Textile / Text / Texture
How to write by weaving

In this course we intend, together with the participants, to explore the connection between weaving and storytelling through and from the practical experience of weaving.

The connection between textile and text corresponds to one of the oldest metaphors in which it is stated that thought is a thread, the narrator is a spinner of yarns and the true narrator is a weaver.
The terms "textile" and "text" come from the same Latin root "texere" and at the same time indicate the connection between writing a story and the creation of a fabric. From the same root is also derived the word "texture" that refers to the quality of the structure of a fabric but may also refer to the plot of a tale. The textus- fabric is thus composed of a weft yarn that as an organic line creates a structure based on a system in which warp and weft, writing and weaving intersect.

The aim of this course is to create fabrics reflecting on shapes, materials, processes, concepts and abstractions that are linked to the activities of weaving.
During the laboratory activity, participants will be able to develop projects through a serial module or with free techniques, creating textile narratives composed together by harmony, repetition, complexity and aesthetics. Particular attention will be given to the choice of materials, structures (texture), and the quality of the product through which the fabric will take the form of a "textus": a written page to be entirely read.

Topics covered:
How to write by weaving
Inspiration, creation and relating of a "narrative" textile module
Methods and tools for the design of textile texture
Chromatic colourways of the fabric


Art Courses
Painting / Text / Texture
Text as image

During this year's course we intend to offer participants a range of broad technical and practical experience to develop forms of operating-thought with painting techniques in relation to the theme proposed.
Reflecting on "Painting/ Text/ Texture" today, means seeing how from the beginning painting and writing have been closely intertwined. Already in the Latin world Horace with the motto “ut pictura poiesis” (painting is like poetry) had laid the foundations of the relationship between painting and written text.
In artistic practices of modern art the use of the written text has become a very widespread feature. Since 1967, the year in which Sol LeWitt coined the term "conceptual art", the work based on text has represented a substantial and fundamental theme in the research of contemporary art.
This year's course activities will thus focus on that area of the practice of painting in which written text loses its identity as a set of words and becomes "textual painting".

Each participant in creating a bridge between writing and image will be able to experiment with materials and techniques of painting, writing, photography and collage made with different techniques and materials, creating with these images complex effects of texture.
When the work is finished each participant will collect all the intermediate stages of their creations: the drafts, sketches, quotes from texts, the various tests, ideas, etc. , thus demonstrating the work process followed.

Topics covered:
- Raising awareness of the written sign as expression.
- Transition from the text to the text image.
- Reproducibility and modularity of signs through the various textures.

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