Technique: Silk and Metallic Thread Embroidery, Contemporary, Experimental
Length of Class: 2 days (12 hours) Or 4 days (24 hours)
Proficiency Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Class Description: Working with the attributes of a child's game, we will begin by playing with a variety of contemporary materials and ways of using them to create new surfaces. Our focus will be on ways of celebrating and interpreting nature, specifically rocks and stones, silk and metallic embroidery. We will develop the background through voided areas and contemporary combinations of composed of interpretative canvas stitches over acrylic painted Congress cloth.
The students will develop their own designs from the research of rock and stone patterns. There will be discussion of the types f design implications, and uses of the many materials provided. The students will be encouraged to experiment with new ideas in working. Students will have a chance to create dimensional fabrics using metallics, netting and dissolvable sheeting. Stitch techniques include surface embroidery over and in conjunction with canvas stitches.
Unusual materials will be explored: Tyveck®, cellophane, Angelina, several types of dissolvable sheeting, bonding web, and making silk paper.
The students will be encouraged to investigate their own ideas. Many choices are available to the student:
- Design development
- Three color ways
- Working samples and evaluating them as they will be applied in the finished piece
- Working their own original design on handpainted ecru or black congress cloth
The students are encouraged to bring pertinent materials from home. They should also bring a sense of play and humor as we use some of the oldest and newest materials available today to create exciting new interpretations.
Note for the 2-day class: there will be more presentation and less time for the students to experiment and design their own piece. The emphasis will be more on techniques presented.
Size: At the discretion of the student but limited to 18” x 14”