October 5, 2017 - Alisa Banks
Fabric, paper and books. Oh my! Join Alisa as she shows and shares stories about her mixed media work inspired by quilts. At an early age, Alisa began drawing and sewing. Her creative route took several detours, but a transformative experience occurred during her final semester in grad school, when she happened upon a book of quilts. From then on, quilts and quilting have inspired much of her art.
Alisa received her BS from Oklahoma State University and her MFA from Texas Woman’s University. Her work centers on issues concerning identity and she often incorporates fibers and found materials that in form reference
traditional crafts. Alisa’s work has been exhibited in venues in the U.S., Canada, England, and Laos, and is housed in several private and public collections, including the U.S. Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Museum, and the New York Public Library. She lives in Dallas, TX.
Lecture: An Artist Inspired by Quilts
November 2, 2017 - Covers for Kids Work Evening
December 7, 2017 - Pepper Cory
Lecture: How to Become a More Creative Quilter
Enjoy Pepper's humorous look at the myths surrounding artistic creativity. She gives useful advice on developing your ability to learn more easily, tips on time management, plus an unconventional look at organizing your fabric stash.
Friday and Saturday Workshops, December 8th & 9th: Kintsugi Quilts
Pepper Cory is starting a new workshop and would like us to be her guinea pig class for Kintsugi Quilts. The following is taken from her blog talking about the origin and her idea of using some of those left overs we all have. A supply list will be provided later. But start finding all those hidden blocks and let’s see what we can do with this technique. This will be a two-day class.
Kintsugi is not usually a term applied to the textile arts but it perfectly describes what's going on now right now within my brain's creative ferment. Kintsugi actually means 'mended with gold' and is more often associated with pottery.
On a philosophical level, kintsugi came to mean appreciating the beauty of that which is broken and mended. You embrace the repaired-mended and celebrate its new form. It applies to my work in the following way: I never throw away my work however small. Little blocks from sewing demonstrations, small pieces that are handed around in classes so student can view the work and of course UFO's (unfinished objects) of every size--I save them all. They will eventually find their way into kintsugi work.
The quilt titled Kintsugi #I came about when I pillaged the sample drawer and started grouping some pieces I thought could live together in a quilt. The blocks lay on the grey carpet of the storage room for a couple of weeks and I would walk in, move a few things, and leave again. There was lots of space between the blocks but I knew they could be united harmoniously by the right fabric--just as gold holds together the cracks in a kintsugi cup. I found the perfect fabric--a shot cotton from my stash. It was a two-color weave of bright yellow with black (Char Gold #12 in the Peppered Cottons line) and was the perfect kintsugi fabric. The overall effect is a bright mustard color but it changes slightly depending on the angle of viewing the quilt. I love that about shot cottons in general--they are solids that change. Cool.
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