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Sculpting with Textiles and Natural Materials with Amber Imrie

  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles 520 S 1st St San Jose United States (map)

Optional for registered students: Spoonflower tutorial, July 7, 2019, or July 14, 2019, from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Fee: $20.00 Members, $30.00 Non-members (Fee includes admission to the museum)

Level: Beginner to advance, Ages 12 and up

Workshop description: When explorers are searching the ocean floor for shipwrecks, they search for straight lines - a sign of man-made objects. Nature doesn’t have straight edges, the natural line wavers blurs and merges. In this workshop, we will explore the various ways natural materials can intermingle with the sculptural textile form. The versatility and flexibility of textiles offer us a unique opportunity to bend to the natural form.

In this class we will use glue, thread, rope or yarn, to sculpt forms from textiles and natural materials such as sticks and rocks. Participants are welcome to bring specific materials they are interested in using or use materials provided.

In the first part of the class, we will look at examples of sculptures with natural materials and explore joinery techniques. You will then have two hours to build your own sculptural forms from the materials available and those that you brought with you. At the end of the workshop, we will share our creations in a roundtable discussion.   

In Amber’s own work she uses photographic images printed onto textiles through large format inkjet printing. You are welcome to print your own textiles independently beforehand or bring with you patterns or colors you’d like to sculpt with. If you want to order a photographic textile print: www.spoonflower.com makes this possible through online ordering, (just make sure to order with time for processing and delivery before the workshop date).

Participants are encouraged to bring sticks and/or branches. If you’re interested in bending or weaving with the sticks/branches, they should be green (fresh). Otherwise, dried sticks can be used for “straight”-line construction. Please refrain from bringing branches that are unwieldy, you will be working in a classroom atmosphere with other makers. Rocks/ stones, or leaves can also be used to add weight, texture or form.