Maps are symbolic guides from the known to the unknown. They describe patterns of movement, occurrence, and migration, and tell stories of places past, present, and future. During this class, designed for all levels, we will explore various ways that mapping can be combined with embroidery to make unique works of art. We will begin with a meditation on land and place and introductions to different types of embroidered cartography and symbolism. Then we'll explore ways to transfer images to fabric, a plethora of embroidery stitches, and how best to realize each participant's idea from vision to textile. Students will depart this workshop with an embroidered map of their own, which could be incorporated into a garment or pillow, or framed as a work of art.
Anne Beck & Michelle Wilson are the Rhinoceros Project, a socially engaged art collective. The project is a collaborative art platform involving contemplative artmaking, community sewing circles, papermaking happenings, absurdity and wonder. Through these communal artmaking events, the artists recontextualize art historical images to break down mythologies of colonialization and ensuing socio-political and environmental issues.
Drawing tools - pencil & eraser
Sewing tools - needles, scissors
Carbon paper/transfer paper