Create organic, bendable sculpture and motifs with simple crochet and wire technique. By mixing materials, scale and stitches we will learn how to build structures that can stand on their own or work as buildable units for objects and installations. This will be a comprehensive study of several of my crochet techniques with a new approach covered each week. Learn how to crochet with wire and mixed materials over wire to create discreet objects or buildable units. This is an opportunity to immerse yourselves into the magic freeform nature of crochet and to build a dimensional abstract object. Personal work is encouraged. Experience with single and double crochet is recommended and there will not be time to learn how to crochet in class.
Materials fee: 25.00/student payable first class Includes cording, Heavy wire, jewelry wire and mixed fibers.
Materials to bring to class: - Crochet hook in various sizes - Wire if you have some already - Leftover fiber, clothing, yarn etc.
Simple weaving on a primitive loom made out of stretcher bars that will be provided. We will employ a freeform Peruvian scaffold technique inspired by the nomadic herdspeople of the Andes to create personal, abstract tapestries. Students will be encouraged to bring personal items, assorted fibers and materials to class where we will investigate how to process and incorporate into the weave. You will leave with a well established project that can be finished at home. We will study the work of Sheila Hicks and other artists and share our stories. It is about identity, memory and sense of place.
Materials Fee: 20.00/student payable in class Includes stretcher bars for improvisational loom, warping thread, some fibers and soft objects
Materials to bring to class: Assorted personal textiles to process and design into weave
Needlefelting, or dry felting, employs a special barbed needle, tangling and compacting fibers together to create three-dimensional forms. Working with an artist who combines tradition and innovation, use both additive and subtractive techniques to sculpt a small everyday object from colored fleece.
Materials Fee: 20.00 payable in class Includes five needles, small foam pad to take home and enough wool to create an object, or two!
Materials to bring to class: A small pair of sharp and pointy embroidery scissors