‘If ever you get the chance to do a workshop with Angela Maddock, then jump at it, it was incredible. A cerebral approach to fabric and stitch, emotional and meaningful’
‘Angela wove the artistic, philosophical and practical into the perfect workshop, thank you!’
‘Angela was an inspiration, I was moved and motivated…what an amazing day.’
I am restless without something to do, often have several projects on the go and am usually thinking about the next one before the current one is finished. I know that without making - by which I mean transforming ‘stuff’ into something - my language and lived experience would be diminished. My workshops are informed by this drive to make and my interest in enabling others to engage with material processes, to be ‘hands on’. All this is informed by my attachment to cloth based practice - stitch, weave, knit, construction - though we might work with anything from drawing materials, wire, clay, paper through to camera free photography - so the actual processes of textile making may well be absent, but its meanings - literal and metaphorical - are always present.
Making is also about thinking and bringing things often unsaid - or difficult to articulate - to language. This bringing to knowledge happens through the manipulation of materials, in their handling, and through reflection. I have worked this way with art students, students of nursing, midwifery and medicine, staff of the Crafts Council of Great Britain, other artist/makers, and academics. I share theoretical and historical context in my workshops, I like to make good use of my PhD, this sometimes mean reading my writing and the work of others or combining workshop making with a seminar.
I work in Swansea and London.