Week Two (5-day): July 6 – 10, 2020. Classes run 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.
Cheesecloth – a humble medium with unexpected and remarkable creative potential. Beginning with simple exercises exploring figurative imagery – portraits, landscapes, animals – or abstract designs, you will then select a specific image to create a larger piece.
Master the fundamentals of composition by playing with cheesecloth and glue, learning about value, transparency, and contrast. Discover new ways to include a variety of textures in your fibre art. The focus is on black and white for dramatic results, though you will see how you can add colour with paint, ink or dye. Learn how to adjust photos – or choose from thousands of copyright-free online images – on a laptop or tablet using simple computer programs and apps, or even a photocopier.
Understanding that not everyone is comfortable with technology, the instructor can, with your guidance, prepare your pattern to design the composition and imagery for your main project. Sew as much or as little as you want. Finished pieces could be machine quilted or hard-mounted on stretcher bars. Visual presentations and the instructor’s significant collection of completed cheesecloth pieces and art quilts will inspire and demonstrate every step of the process.
Mary Pal is a Canadian fibre artist best known for her cheesecloth portraits, based on a technique she pioneered a decade ago. Her work has been exhibited and collected throughout the world, and published in numerous books and magazines.
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Course Registration will open for Friends of MISSA on January 21st at 12:00pm (PST), and Registration will open for all on January 28th at 12:00pm (PST)