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Personal Iconography through Applique & Stitch

October 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

See how archetypal images and symbols add meaning to textile art; create your own symbolic silhouette with fabric scraps and applique.

Archetypal images and symbols can add meaning to artmaking. This virtual workshop, led by sculptor and arts educator Carolyn Hazel Drake, will review examples of distinct visual vocabularies developed by artists working with cloth and empower participants to explore their own forms of visual meaning-making. Participants will work through a series of exercises to identify personally meaningful words, translate these keywords into imagery, and then design a silhouette that balances positive and negative space to transfer onto cotton and wool. Drake will model integrating scraps as a path to improvisation and innovation, and walk participants through a few stitch techniques to finish their appliqued textiles, which can then be framed or sewn down to the surface of choice.