GownSecond Life - Reviving Vintage with Grave Rubbings through Stitch

A Workshop by Susan Lenz

October 20 & 21, 2017

Friday, October 20, 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m.  Saturday, October 21, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
The cost of the workshop is $215.00  
This weekend workshop is meant to inspire participants to create a fiber art heirloom using vintage and recycled materials and to discover unique ways to stitch expressions of personal legacy.    The class begins with doing a wax grave rubbings on fabric – hopefully with vintage household linens that has meaning to you. We will also hand stitching and do free motion machine embroidery as a design tool. Lenz will discuss recycling as an art quilt concept, stimulate creative responses for legacy artwork and challenge participants to think about art-making as a means of communicating their personal intentions, especially with a focus on text.   Last, is finishing and professionally presenting a framed or unframed family heirloom.  
Workshop Outline:
  • Introduction to the concept. Stream-of-consciousness writing exercise
  • Field trip to a local cemetery or churchyard demonstration of making a grave rubbing
  • Time for individuals to make their own grave rubbings
  • Heat-setting the rubbings
  • Collaging a found key with a concept word
  • One-on-one project planning discussion
  • Demonstration on the dry felting machine
  • “The Four Family of Stitches” hand embroidery demonstration, self-guided free-motion machine embroidery demonstration
  • Demonstrations of finishing techniques including mounting fiber art for custom picture framing

Materials to be supplied by participants: 
  • Scissors
  • Personal stitching/embroidery supplies as desired
  • Vintage materials: these can include small old photos, trinkets, buttons, embroidered household linens, mementoes like old eyeglasses or lockets of hair
  • Anything that might find its way into a personal legacy art quilt; but, generally not something really, really rare or terribly valuable!
All other supplies will be provided by Susan Lenz.
About Susan Lenz Susan Lenz Photo (304x220) Susan Lenz's work has been juried into numerous national and international exhibits, including Quilt National 2013, the 701 Center for Contemporary Art’s South Carolina Biennial, and the American Craft Council’s flagship show in Baltimore, 2014 through 2017, as well as featured in solo shows all over the United States. Her work has been shown on television and in numerous print publications, and recently she recorded a TedxTalk. She has been awarded four full scholarship art residencies and several "Best of Show" ribbons. Susan has taught fiber arts through the South Carolina Arts Commission’s “Artist-in-Resident Program from 2002 – 2006. She has conducted similar workshops for art teachers in several public school districts as well as the MAT (Masters of Arts in Education) program at Lander University (2005 to present). Her workshops have been conducted at Columbia Museum of Art, Saluda Shoals Park Foundation, The Studios of Key West, the Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh, PA, Mary McBride’s Focus on Fiber retreat at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, and at Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg.
Cancellation Policy: Class or event registration cancelled more than 30 days prior to the event are fully refundable. Cancellations made 30 days or less than the event are non-refundable. Should WMQFA cancel a class or event all student fees shall be refunded.  Registration deadline is October 9, 2017. Memory