Portland, OR 2020 Art and Soul Workshops

Workshop Details

Clarissa Callesen
9:00 - 4:30
Saturday Aug 22

Abstract Fabric Exploration Sculpture

$ 170  


I want to challenge you to see fabric and soft sculpture in a new way, to step outside the preconceived ideas of what is textile art. I will be sharing with you my techniques of approaching fabric as a medium for sculpture. I come to the fiber world as a ceramic and assemblage artist, so I bring unique outsider attitudes and techniques to creating with fabric. Using hand stitching and alternative techniques, we will be creating organic shapes inspired by creative exercises and our natural environment. We will explore combing found objects with fiber to create unique textures and embellishments. After we have generated lots of shapes and components to choose from we will approach the process like an assemblage combing the individual pieces to create a larger abstract sculpture on top of a rigid armature. Intuition and spontaneity will be our companions. I am passionate about the impact of textile waste on our environment and I will share information about that issue, I encourage you to work with recycled textiles as much as possible. We will specifically address creative ways to alter and reclaim recycled fabric. This class is completely accessible to the beginner and yet can also challenge the more advanced student. For more information about my work visit www.clarissacallesen.com

Supplies You Need to Bring to Class in addition to materials provided by instructor:
• Heavy duty wire cutters
• Needle nose pliers
• Gloves to protect hands
• Scissors
• Pins
• Thimble
• 1 yd of muslin or recycled sheet
• A selection of sewing and embroidery needles
• Heavy duty thread in a light and dark color
• An assortment of textiles in different textures, colors, and materials that appeal to you
• (I encourage you to source as much recycled textiles as possible)
• Embroidery floss in an assortment of colors coordinating with your fabric choices
• A small bag of polyfil
• An assortment of small found objects that appeal to you
(examples: sticks, rocks, beads, buttons, metal hardware, random junk, etc)
curved needle 

Materials fee $15 paid directly to instructor at beginning of class includes:

• Hardware cloth for armature
• An assortment of wire
• Fabric dyes and paints
• Vinegar and rusty objects
• Rope and string
• Assorted tools to share
• Extra recycled fabric and fiber

P.S. No stressing allowed, it is about the creative process, not the specific supplies. Please email if you have any questions. clarissacallesen@gmail.com