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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Contemporary Embroidery Class

Onward now to October and a very special and unique workshop with another artist, Erin Endicott. Both Sharon and Erin bring beauty with a threaded needle yet the process is quite different. I first learned about Erin at an exhibit at Perkins Center for the Arts in 2010. Its contemporary, its organic and its beautiful. One of the things that strikes me about Erin's work is her technique. One can find many examples of contemporary embroidery on the internet, many are about shock value or the indie aesthetic. But what I see to often reminds me of "ok" writing lacking any polish or command of the english language as if it doesn't really matter any more. Look at Erin's work and her "language" per se or technique is impeccable. A refreshing emphasis on work that is beautifully executed, with evidence of thought and care put into the process.

“Healing Sutras: Embroidery as a Meditative Practice”

This workshop by contemporary embroidery artist Erin Endicott will lead you on an exploration into using hand embroidery as a way to relax, unwind and release negative emotion. You will experience the cathartic effects of hand dyeing and hand sewing on the fabrics of your choice. We will work intuitively with pattern, line and mark making to create beautiful and powerful works of art.

Skill level: Open to all skill levels – from those who have never sewn a stitch to the most accomplished.

Materials: Bring your own "fabric something" that holds personal meaning. This could be, but not limited to: Old clothing (wedding dresses or swatches from them), baby clothes,; lace or doilies; old hankies, favorite old t-shirt; old pillowcase, napkin or placemat; silk or cotton scarf. Feel free to bring a piece or fragment for your "fabric something". Because we encourage the use of something with meaning this comes with the understanding that it may not be in like "new condition" so don't worry about marks, holes, tears etc.

Supplementary Materials: Bring your stitching necessities: needles, sharp scissors, a hoop and magnification if your used to it. If your a newbie not to worry all of these materials are available for sale at the workshop and need not be bought in advance. You may also bring various threads, beads or embellishments. Of course these will all be available at the workshop too.

Teaching Fee: $35.00 Registration deadline October 22, 2011. Class size limited to 10 students.

1 comment:

  1. Erin does lovely work! I have just obtained some vintage linens & this looks like a wonderful opportunity to use some of them. Also, anything that will make me relax, unwind and release negative emotion sounds like something I can't miss! So, count me in!!

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