I’m very happy to announce upcoming workshops for 2018. Please feel free to be in touch with me if you have any questions. And feel free to forward this info to others who may be interested.
My best wishes to you for a year filled with happiness and creative ventures,
Skins and Skeletons: 3D Textile Constructions
In this experimental workshop, Skins and Skeletons, participants will first learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, and wire. Methods will include various lashing techniques, chaotic plaiting, and wire construction processes.
Next, we’ll cover a broad array of approaches for building skins onto these structures using gut, rice papers, elastic fabrics, and nets. Media to further modify these “skins,” such as wax, polymers and a graphite/shellac paint will be presented.
Participants will produce a series of experimental samples that will become prototypes for future studio work. Students will be challenged with a variety of construction exercises that will lead to a final sculptural project.
PowerPoint presentations will provide inspiration and background on artists, designers and architects who utilize a skin and skeleton approach.
July 20 – 24
Peters Valley School of Craft Layton, NJ, in the Delaware Water Gap Natonal Recreation Area
September 5 – 8
Zijdelings Tilburg, Netherlands
(This workshop is full. Please contact Karina van Vught at Zijdelings to be placed on a waiting list: email@example.com)
September 30 – October 6
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program Williamsburg, MA, in the Berkshires
November 7 – 11
Maiwa School of Textiles Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sprang Skins and 3D Textile Constructions
Sprang is an ancient method of constructing a netlike fabric that is extremely elastic in all directions. It is constructed entirely from warp threads, the vertical threads on a loom. As threads are interlinked at the midpoint of the warp, the netlike construction grows, simultaneously, at both the top and bottom ends of the warp.
This elastic netlike fabric lends itself beautifully to becoming a skin on three-dimensional skeletal structures. Methods for attaching the sprang skin to structures, and for further embellishing the skins with paper pulp, wax, and stiffeners will be demonstrated.
Each student will construct a sprang loom from simple materials that can be rolled up and transported as a small, cylindrical package. Students will learn basic sprang interlacing methods as well as variations that can be developed into lacelike patterns.
September 9 (one-day workshop)
Zijdelings Tilburg, Netherlands
Mo Kelman is a sculptor, fiber artist, and professor emeritus of Art at the Community College of Rhode Island. Her artworks, which are both engineered and organic, combine membrane-like materials with lashed skeletal structures. Current artworks are inspired by ephemeral forms, such as clouds, steam and smoke rings. A recipient of a U.S. National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Mo Kelman has exhibited her work at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show; the British Crafts Centre; Korea’s Cheongju International Craft Biennale; the International Shibori Symposia in Nagoya, Japan and Hong Kong; Brown University’s Bell Gallery in Rhode Island; and the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts. She is a recipient of a 2012 Artist’s Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. www.mokelman.com