With paper and a variety of stitching techniques, by hand and machine, we'll explore mark-making, layering, attaching, and fabricating diverse artifacts. We'll use sewing thread, embroidery floss, and other threads and thread-like materials to develop personal vocabularies of stitches and marks. We'll try ways of reusing and recycling paper, including spinning paper thread. Everyone will make a sampler of stitched paper pieces: a personal archive of possibilities for future work.
TUITION: $230 + fees: $25
Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. Her work explores ideas of identity, time, and loss, and draws on various traditional skills like embroidery and letterpress printing. She teaches in the Continuing Studies program at Maine College of Art, and is an artist member of Portland's Pickwick Independent Press, a printmaking collective. She has shown her work around the US and in England, Greece, and Japan. Her work is in the collections of the Boston Public Library; Columbia University Library; The Library of Congress; Maine Women Writers Collection; MOMA/Franklin Furnace Artists' Book Collection; the Smithsonian Institution Graphic Arts Collection at the National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; and the Munakata Shiko Museum, Aomori, Japan, among others. She has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.
* starred items are only if you already have them - it will help to have more than my two or three of these things Supplies Thread: sewing thread for the machines, heavier stuff for hand sewing Embroidery threads: DMC floss, Perle Cotton, etc. Yarn, thin ribbon, stuff like that Lightweight flexible wire Any paper you want to use (new paper, things youÛªve already printed, old book pages, handmade, recycled junk mail, and so on)