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CBA 024-S18-2 | Paper + Stitch

CBA 024-S18-2 | Paper + Stitch

Tues, 7/10, 9AM-4pm, Room 209

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description

With paper and a variety of stitching techniques, by hand and machine, we‰Ûªll explore mark-making, layering, attaching, and fabricating diverse artifacts. We‰Ûªll use everyday sewing thread, embroidery floss, and other threads and thread-like materials to develop personal vocabularies of stitches and marks. Everyone will make a sampler of stitched paper pieces ‰ÛÒ a personal archive of possibilities for future work.

TUITION: $85 + FEES: $15
CEUs: n/a

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 is an artist member of Pickwick Independent Press, a printmaking collective in downtown Portland. 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‰Ûª 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.


  • Awl
  • A variety of sewing, embroidery, tapestry, and craft needles
  • Needle threader (if you need one)
  • Hole punch
  • Metal straight edge of some kind: ruler, triangle, whatever you usually use
  • X-acto or similar knife and blades
  • Scissors (two pairs if you‰'re finicky like me: one pair for thread and fabric and the other for paper)
  • Japanese screw punch* and bits OR rubber mallet and punch set*
  • Portable sewing machine* and needles

* starred items are only if you already have them‰ - it will help to have more than my two or three of these things

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