The Expressive Stitch

by - Sunday, May 03, 2009

2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium

Instructor Dorothy Caldwell

This workshop will examine “the stitch” using the traditions of Indian kantha embroidery. Kantha embroidered quilts use the running stitch to form patterns and narrative imagery reflecting the lives and experiences of the makers. Slides, video, and actual examples of Sujuni stitched quilts from Bihar will be used to bring this rich art form to life. With kantha embroidery as a basis and through a series of exercises, expressive aspects of “the stitch” will be explored leading participants toward building a personal vocabulary of mark-making.

Dorothy Caldwell is an active practising artist who maintains an international exhibition and teaching schedule. She travels from Ontario to instruct in the Maiwa Workshops.

Dorothy Caldwell

Dorothy Caldwell is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule. She has carried out research in Japan and India on textile traditions and is the recipient of grants and awards including the prestigious Bronfman Award given to one Canadian craftsperson each year. Her work forms a part of many permanent collections including the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Carlton and Reta Lewis collection in Washington, D.C., the Canadian Consulate in Bangkok, Thailand, and the American Museum of Art and Design.

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