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Skins and Skeletons - 3D Textile Constructions


  • Maiwa Loft #6 - 1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Mo Kelman

$695 [Includes $100 lab fee] Class limit 12. Sept 6-10 (Wed-Sun) 10am-4pm.

In this experimental workshop students will learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials such as reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, and wire. The class will also explore the use of found materials and recycled frameworks. Methods will include formal and chaotic plaiting, wire and netting construction, and lashing techniques.

To build skins onto these structures, techniques for working with animal gut, rice papers, elastic fabrics, wax, and stiffeners will be presented. Exercises, brainstorming sessions, and problem-solving challenges will lead to a focused, personal project.  All levels welcome.

This workshops represents a rare opportunity to learn directly from Mo Kelman, an internationally established artist and teacher.

Mo will also give a lecture.

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“I’ve always had a hard time with two dimensions. If I can’t bend it, tie it, or break it, I don’t know where to start.”

Mo Kelman’s work sits at the juncture of architecture and engineering: in a place where sculpture and textiles meet. Lashing together frameworks with wire and fibre, Mo creates skeletons that she covers with skins of handmade paper, shibori patterned cloth, or mesh.

“I find freedom in working with a small range of materials and techniques. This limitation allows me to contrive a world of forms made by tying knots, lashing corners, stitching and stretching fabric skins. I leave trails of needle holes that tell of rows of sewing. A season of rhythmic work is made tangible.”

Mo Kelman is a professor at the Community College of Rhode Island, where she has taught textiles, sculpture, and three-dimensional design for 35 years. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and an Artist’s Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Earlier Event: September 6
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Later Event: September 6
Woven Symbols, Global Patterns