Sunday, 23 July 2017

Michael Brennand-Wood Workshop

Michael Brennand-Wood
Michael Brennand-Wood
Ever since seeing one of Michael Brennand-Wood's art pieces at Cartwright Hall in Bradford in 2007 I have been a big fan of his eclectic style. Born in Bolton he knew from an early age that he loved making and creating with all types of materials. His grandparents were a major influence in his fascination with making as they taught him sewing, embroidery and engineering skills. You can see this juxtaposition of delicacy and more brutal elements in his work.

I spotted a July workshop with Michael at the Selvedge shop in Archway earlier in the year I didn't hesitate to book it as a end of school term treat. The theme of the workshop was 'Lines of Thought'. He started by discussing his work, showed us amazing experiments and some of his final art pieces. The main focus of the day was to just be free to try things out and have fun.

Here are some of the art pieces he showed us for inspiration:

There were five of us on the workshop and after seeing the above art pieces we were raring to go.
I started by wrapping a wooden frame with threads, ribbons, fabric and washi tape.

Then I began adding string, beads, ribbon, washi tape, paper maps and wires.

The workshop was lots of fun. We all enjoyed using the hand drill to twist wires to trap and wrap threads, fabrics and other textures. It has been a great taster for experimentation and exploring the properties of different materials that I am sure to develop further in the future.

Check out lots of other cool crafty blogs at #handmademonday organised by Julia of Sum of their Stories.


  1. Never heard of this but the results look fantastic.

  2. Love your finished piece. Inspirational.

  3. It is so nice to learn and do new things, isn't it? Your piece is lovely!

  4. You seem to find all the best workshops and craft days! This looks like so much fun, I love your textured frame.