This weekend, I taught a new workshop at The Art League School called, Patching, Stitching, Weaving: Creating Healing Cloth.
This is a concept I've been thinking about for a while now. The act of mending cloth (patching, stitching, darning) can also mend or be healing to the maker or can serve as a means for them to create a piece that could heal another. I was inspired by two events. The first was meeting Gene and Sue Greer
, a husband and wife quilting team who create memorial quilts. I was deeply moved when they told me that they work together to create special butterfly quilts for terminally ill children. A comfort for the children and then eventually for their families. The other event was designing a hamsa for my friend, Martha and after her death having the opportunity to create peace flags using her hamsa symbol.
I found the act of printing and hand stitching the flags very cathartic and meaningful.
I wasn't sure that my deep connection with this idea would translate well into a class. I took a chance.
I was so fortunate to have a group that was willing to take a chance with me. For two days we stitched and shared. I'm hoping that they got as much out of the experience as I did!
Thank you Susan, Amy, Zita, Saaraliisa and Lisa.
|Amy J. (detail)|
(All works are in process)
So...when are you teaching this class again? A weekend class, is it? Hmmm...ReplyDelete
Perhaps this fall...don't have next year's Art League Schedule together yet. Or...if a group decided they'd like me to teach it...any thoughts? I'll let you know if something materializes. I would love to see what you'd do!Delete
Would be interesting. I'd say that if you have a good curriculum, you can propose it just about anywhere that has a fiber program.Delete
It sounds like a wonderful class for so many reasons!ReplyDelete
Hi Carol- This idea was(and is) so close to my heart and so a bit scary to put out there into the world. I was so lucky to have a willing first group of students who just dove right in. I'm looking forward to teaching it again.Delete