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Meet the Tutors: Charlotte Grierson

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Charlotte Grierson is a textile artist and designer who specialises in weaving. Last November, we visited her in her studio at Cockpit Arts in Deptford. Her response to the question “Why weaving?” was unexpected. It apparently wasn’t the touchy-feely aspect of textiles that had been the primary attraction. To find out why she’s a weaver, view on.

Meet the tutor: Charlotte Grierson from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo.

Charlotte Grierson is an OCA tutor for textiles. You can view her profile here

Posted by author: Alison Churchill
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15 thoughts on “Meet the Tutors: Charlotte Grierson

  • I love the blurred closeups and sounds of the loom. It’s a very peaceful scene despite the industry. Lovely little film.

  • Lovely to see Charlotte surrounded by the tools of her art and obviously in her element. It got me on to thinking about all those differences though – the same ‘machine’ used throughout history in so many different ways.

    • Thank you for your comments. I do love the sense of history and the connections across the world. In its simplest form weaving can be done with stripes of paper or on a frame, but it can also be used to create complex pieces such as Grayson Perry’s hangings.

  • Fascinating glimpse into Charlotte’s approach to weaving. I liked how her explanation of how inspiration can arise from unexpected quarters like using the colour of coffee beans for her work.
    “Keep pushing and seeing what you get” Great advice for any artist. Thank you.

    • Hi Diana, thank you for your comments.
      I find inspiration everywhere, from ploughed fields to brick walls, and weaving is brilliant for that, there are weave structures to be seen in everything. I love experimenting with weaving too because you can get such unexpected results at times.

  • Lovely to put a face to a name and voice, thankyou for sharing your wonderful studio with us.
    You’ve inspired me to take up the threads again,thankyou

    • Hi Sheena, it’s great to hear from you.
      I hope this video will help to give my students a sense of where I am coming from. It always helps to put a face to a name.
      I am glad you are feeling inspired.

  • Yippeee! A weaver! Charlotte – it was a great surprise on a damp grey afternoon in Fermanagh! Thanks for providing such an interesting view on your work and your approach to design. Your loom looks like a George Wood – and yes it does sound brilliant!

    • Hi Louise
      Yes a weaver, and yes a George Wood Dobby loom too. Well spotted, so I take it you are involved with weaving too. I am glad to have brightened your grey day!

  • Reassuring words from a tutor about ‘building vocabulary’ and not trying to produce a finished piece of work. I’m struggling in the early stages of Drawing 1 and this has helped me get past procrastination to get on with it. I’ve gone back to playing/experimenting and stopped trying to ‘make a picture’ for my assignment.

    • Hi Aylish
      I don’t know about the drawing courses but I am so pleased you were inspired to go back and experimented. Particularly in the early stages of most courses you need to experiment to find out how to do things. If you are too concerned about the results you will restrict yourself in the experimentation.
      There are so many ways of making marks and these are our means expression in drawing. So just as we have a vocabulary of words to express our thoughts we have a visual vocabulary of marks for drawing.
      All the best with your course.

  • I enjoyed this as part of the series about the tutors, thanks Charlotte… but Mark, I’ve also enjoyed very much the way in which you’ve made the film… the ending especially – very graphic I thought.
    ‘… there’s never a point in which you say ‘I know it’… ‘
    I can think of so many things to connect to this thought, because I don’t think I ever want to know everything… know how to create things yes, but to keep finding out, and to keep finding questions in what I see and create, I guess that is what is keeping me going…

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