This class explores embroidery as drawing. The class will focus on techniques of taking drawings into a stitched work. Through direct drawing, transfer and projection students will build technical skills and methodologies for idea development. Traditional drawing techniques such as contour, gesture, hatching and pointillism are addressed and considered in terms of application to needlework pieces. Students will learn basic to advanced embroidery techniques, including various stitches, appliqué techniques, staining and 3-dimensional building of textiles. We will look at the work of contemporary textile and mixed media artists and how they use the principles and legacy of drawing traditions to make dynamic embroidery and appliqué based works of art. Along with a focus on new techniques we will also consider the conceptual role of “thread” in one’s work and how it relates to the content and form of our artwork. As the class develops we will begin a personal project and discuss the best way to make stitch, technique, color and materials choices. There will be presentations on textile artists and the history of drawing techniques as well as critique of personal work.
About the Workshop
About Joetta Maue
Joetta Maue is an artist, curator, and arts writer. Her most recent body of work is a series of embroideries, drawings and photographs that explore the psychological landscape of the domestic space. Joetta’s work resides within the realm of the everyday and she is interested in the role of personal relationships in our lives, seen in our most intimate spaces. Joetta received her BFA from The Ohio State University and MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Joetta’s work has been shown in galleries and museums across the country and internationally. Joetta authored the popular studio blog Little Yellowbird, regularly contributes to a number of journals and works as an independent curator. She has been featured in the books Indie Craft and PUSH Stitchery and the journals Needle Magazine, Fiber Arts Now Magazine, Martha Stewart Living and the Surface Design Journal. She teaches at UMASS Boston and Northeastern University and has been an invited instructor at a number of programs and institutions across the country. Joetta lives in New England with her husband, two children, and 2 cats.Joetta Maue
July 29-August 4, 2018
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