Layers, Lines, and Image: Unfolding Textile Books (and other objects)
Art always makes reference to other images and narrative. For our purposes you can use an old book, maps, and found printed materials as a starting point to create a new works. The materials, text, and references will help to inform the content, as will our processes, from layering and cutting techniques through to stitch, dye, and print. During this workshop, participants will make small personal works with narrative, meaning, and humor. Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into textile art. Simple drawings staining and coloring of cloth and paper, cutting, pasting, stitching, and collage will be our primary tactics to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. We’ll make a book, but this is not a book-binding course.
On the first day: We will look at rubbing, staining, and mark making on paper and cloth using drawing/painting media and stitch. Reference will be made to paper lamination, layering of paper with found materials, and fabric using techniques adapted from Japanese screen making and paper crafts. As you work you will look at the references to text and other images you have collected and consider how you may want to place them together.
On the second and third days we’ll look at ways of working with the cloth, paper, and samples we have produced, focusing on use of text/image to inform the stitch/mark. Ways of joining pieces together; patchwork, seams, gathers, tearing, building towards textured and sculptural surfaces.
The focus will be on found materials. Cas is happy to also provide a small pack of specialist conservation papers, low-tack tape, and paste for student use. Suitable for artists who enjoy taking time for experimental discovery. Cas enjoys introducing the serendipity of found materials into the art-making process, helping each student have a unique experience and create unique art.