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Text into Textile: Interpreting Poetry Through Cloth

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All Levels Welcome
June 18, 2021
June 20, 2021
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

In this workshop, you'll create a visual representation of identity and place as a textile composition that features applique, weaving and stitching, and found objects. Using a poem as a lens for establishing a visual vocabulary, you'll identify resonant words, colors, and symbols and then develop those individual elements through play and media exploration. Special attention will be paid to balancing concept and meaning, composition, and technique. Weaving and stitching demos will show you how to bind together your finished wall sculpture. You'll leave with a finished project ready for hanging (and admiring!).

About the Instructor(s)

Carolyn Hazel Drake is a mostly self-taught artist from a long line of craftswomen. She is a third generation Oregonian, and her aesthetic is grounded in the colors and textures of the Pacific Northwest. Her eye for color, pattern and detail was cultivated early on in her mother’s quilt store, as was her appreciation for handwork and being a part of a creative community. Carolyn has worked with all levels of learners, and her belief in the inherent creative potential of her students guides her approach to teaching.

Materials List: Students Bring

In-Person and Online Participants Bring:

• Pencil

• Eraser

• A few pens for experimenting (i.e. fine and broad tip)

• Selected poem(s) or other text - hard copy or photocopy

• Sketchbook

• Small sharp scissors

• Ruler (clear is helpful)

• Either watercolors & brushes or colored pencils -- something you are comfortable with for helping establish your color palette

• Iron + surface to iron on -- a folded bath towel works fine

• For In-Person Participants, demonstrations will be done in class so participants should have their laptop, ipad, or phone available to follow along.

Supplemental / Optional Materials for Online and In-Person Participants:

• Additional cotton or wool scraps

• Additional thread (embroidery floss or perle cotton)

• Natural/found materials for couching

• Air-Erase pen

• Additional notions (thimble, needle threader, chalk liner)

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

(Online Participants will have the following kit shipped to them before class begins)

• Workshop booklet with process and techniques

• Freezer paper

• Fusible webbing

• Two cotton background fabrics (light/dark neutrals @ 12" x 12")

• Backing fabric (neutral, 12" x 12")

• A mix of felted wool scraps in warms and cools

• Cotton batting (12" x 12")

• Straight pins, chenille needle, embroidery needle

• Variety of threads stitching and couching

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