“I am not interested in ‘perfect’ textiles’ but rather in a cloth that is made imperfect as a result of tears, patches, darns and frayed edges. Held together with a utilitarian stitch, these random and chaotic interruptions in the pattern and surface of the cloth provide the impetus for my work.:
“Pieces are constructed in response to drawings of things I have seen. Lines, marks, shapes and stains of colour are made to shift and seep their way across and through a ‘whole cloth’ that is built in sections. The resulting fragmentation and mismatching of pattern, line and image as it travels, creates the visual jolt or jarring which gives the pieces their discordant characteristic.”
– Matthew Harris
Matthew Harris works with both cloth and paper to create series of drawing/ collages and textiles. By a process of dyeing, cutting, piecing and stitching he constructs work that is primarily concerned with the translation of drawn marks into cloth.
Matthew Harris has taken part in many shows throughout the U.K , Europe, U.S.A and Japan. He has work in the Crafts Council Collection and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. In 2009 he was short listed for the first Arts Foundation Award for Textile Art.