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CFS 040-F18 | Sewing Machine As Drawing Tool

CFS 040-F18 | Sewing Machine As Drawing Tool

Sat , 10/20, 9AM-4PM, Room: 209

Maximum Enrollment: 10 LBS

Course Description

One description of drawing is the making of marks with various tools. We will investigate the marks we can make with our sewing machines through variations of stitch, thread, and substrate (fabric, paper, other sewable materials). Through focused exercises and time to play, we'll expand our personal repertoires of mark-making and our ideas about what a drawing can be. You don‰'t have to be an expert on your sewing machine, part of the class will be getting you more familiar and comfortable with your machine.

TUITION: $115 + fees: $10
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 teaches in the Continuing Studies program at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, 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.


  • Sewing machine (required) and all its accoutrements (pedal, power cord, presser feet, owner‰'s manual if you have one, needles, bobbins, etc.)
  • Sewing thread
  • embroidery floss, pearl cotton, yarns, and so on
  • Sharp scissors (2 pairs if you prefer to use one pair for fabric and one for paper)
  • Tapestry needles (a few different sizes, these are hand-sewing needles not machine needles, fyi)
  • Fabric and paper you wish to work with (plain, printed, recycled, whatever you like)

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