Workshop: Cloth and Memory - Exploring Memory Cloths

by - Friday, April 24, 2015

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop: Cloth and Memory - Exploring Memory Cloths
Beverly Gordon

$250 includes 20 lab fee
September 23, 24,  - Class Limit 15
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC

A “memory cloth” is a piece of handwork that, through the meditative processes of stitching and appliqué, allows us to feel good as well as capture memories or ideas. It may help us preserve and/or release the past, get closer to our own stories (and thus learn about ourselves), keep close to loved ones, and embed new ideas in our consciousness. In this workshop, we will explore the concept of memory cloths by looking at expressions from around the world—e.g., Chilean arpilleras, South African embroideries, Afghan war rugs, American album and memorial quilts, teddy bears made from loved ones’ clothes, and contemporary fibre art. We will use easy, exploratory writing exercises to bring out our ideas, and work on our own cloth in ways that feel comfortable and fun.

No special skills or background are needed—this is a workshop to explore, experiment, and discover. You can stitch, embellish, knit, or otherwise work with fibre and fabric, uncovering images and words that help you express your own voice and experience.  (Embroidery /embellishment instruction will not be provided, but the instructor and the group itself will provide a resource for getting started, feeling confident, solving problems, and stitching something meaningful.) Beverly joins us from the USA.

Instructor Bio

Beverly Gordon retired in 2011 from 30 years as a professor in the Design Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also worked as a curator and fibre artist. She writes and publishes extensively on textiles.

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