new piece, workshop updates and a rotary cutter PSA:

Here’s a new piece called Queen, 10″ H, embellished textile assemblage with an altered vintage “nudie” playing card.  I paint gesso over the girls and use golden liquid acrylics with some metallics.  These cards were going to be stand-alone pieces, but I think they’re more successful with a larger composition.  The textile icon is sewn onto fabric covered stretched canvas.  I’ve never had work to enter into the annual “nude” exhibitions around, so I’ll give this one a shot.

Workshops: I’m off to the Cleveland Institute of Art next week to teach a two day class through their BASIC program for art educators.  It will be the third time I’m up there, and it is always a great time. On Saturday July 20, I will be teaching a one day workshop through Berea’s Festival of Learnshops.  It’s a full day class with supplies included for $50: www.berea.com/embellished-mini-art-quilts/.  A little further into the future, I will be teaching a similar class at the Lexington Living Arts and Science Center on Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for $50/$60 (members/non-members): event link.

On the subject of teaching, I have focused some energy on doing local classes recently, and this past Saturday taught a class at our fantastic local bookstore CoffeeTree Books.  A participating student’s grandmother took many amazing photos of the workshop, focused on upcycling t-shirts into “corsages” and headbands.  Usually I have to squeeze in some documentation photography in between teaching tasks, so these were much appreciated!

And, a helpful PSA on the dangers of the rotary cutter:

 

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