Experimental Surfaces: Machine Stitching, Water Soluble Stabilizer, And Unexpected Materials

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A Water soluble fabric workshop!

This workshop will focus on constructing dynamic, textured, mixed media surfaces with machine and hand embroidery. Collage techniques will be combined with the use of water soluble stabilizer. Students will be encouraged to experiment with an assortment of materials like plastics, papers, and yarns to create a variety of samples. These samples will be used to explore different texture and colour combinations. Students will then expand these tests into a larger piece.

Instructor Amanda McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations. By sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, she can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved, the thread drawing can hold together without a base. With only the thread remaining, these images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works raveled strength. More on Amanda McCavour's work at her website.

Amanda is an artist featured in the 2016 Subtle Technologies festival, Seamless Visions: New Textiles and Wearable Technologies, May 12-15.

Date: Saturday June 18, 2016.

Time: 11-4pm


the workroom studio
46 Noble Street, Studio 102
Toronto, ON M6K 2C9

Registration Fee:

$75 With Annual Studio/Workshop Pass (see below)

$75 Student/Senior/Arts Worker

$75 the workroom affiliate/Student

$100 Regular Price

Material Fee: $15

What, if any, prerequisite knowledge should students have? None. Any experience in sewing or embroidery will be an asset, but is not required.

What to Bring: Please bring your sewing machine if you prefer to use your own.

About the Instructor: Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. She is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together. McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and installation and has recently completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions in Gatineau (QB), Williamsport (PA) and Vancouver (BC). She has received awards and scholarships from the Ontario Crafts Council, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Crafts Council, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America for her work.
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By: InterAccess