BALLARAT – SPRING
21st to 27th September 2020View Event
California artist George-Ann Bowers has been celebrating the infinite intricacies of the natural world through fibre art for more than thirty-five years. Drawing inspiration from the evidence of eruption or erosion, growth, decay, and other biological processes, she captures fleeting moments in nature’s continuing cycle of creation, destruction and change. She finds beauty in the structure of tree bark or seed pods, sees weaving patterns in canyon walls, and thrills to the tracery of insect tracks on desert sand. Along with her long-term dedication to multi-layer weaving, George-Ann works with machine embroidery, hand-sewing, and various mixed media construction techniques. She often uses clothing shapes or other human-referenced forms as a framework for nature imagery, illustrating the inter-connectedness between humans and the amazing world we inhabit. George-Ann exhibits her work regularly throughout the United States as well as internationally, including England, Belgium, China, and Canada. She finds inspiration for her artwork during frequent travels in the outdoors, and was thrilled to be chosen as artist in residence at four different national parks in the United States, where she designed projects that reflect the local landscape. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fiberart Now magazine and Schiffer Publishing’s series Artistry in Fibre.
There is something magical in taking a flat image and making it come alive by adding the third dimension. Finding inspiration from nature and our imaginations, we will explore two methods of creating sculptural forms from fibre materials.
As a student, you will be shown the process of creating a 5-sided 3-D pod form, starting with designing a paper (schematic) pattern based on the intended 3-D form, and continuing through to the final construction of the pod. You will learn two methods of constructing flat components, described below, to be used in building such a 3-D form, and can then choose one method (or try both techniques) to create your own pod, and/or experiment with a different 3-D form of your own design.
Processes covered in the workshop will include:
1 finding ideas and inspiration from forms/patterns in the natural world
2 how to create a 2-D pattern that will correspond to the finished 3-D form in your mind
3 making paper from flax fibre to use as building material
4 creating 2-D pattern components with free-motion machine stitching on water-soluble stabilizer (Solvy)
5 incorporating decorative materials in Solvy construction
6 constructing your 3-D form from the 2-D components, including hand stitching, machine stitching, and use of armature or other support
Skill level: basic machine sewing experience and comfort with both machine and hand sewing.
It is a good idea to do a test run with your machine prior to the workshop to ensure that it will perform the free motion machine embroidery function successfully.