Ballarat Spring 21st – 27th September 2020
About Claire Taylor
Claire Taylor is best known for her lush sculptural embroidery, constructed by encrusting and intertwining trashed objects with thousands upon thousands of mossy, delicate french knots. Her interest in constructing this kind of work began while she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received her BFA in Fibers. Since her time there, she has migrated to many cities, including New York, Seattle and Chicago, but now lives and works out of her studio in Wisconsin.
Responding with Embroidery in 3-Dimensions
In this workshop, we will explore ways by which hand embroidery can give both physical and conceptual dimension to an object(s) of your choice. You will be encouraged to consider the object’s means of construction, condition, shapes, lines, textures, and colours. Note its purpose, value, and lifespan. How might the interaction of embroidery with your object give it new definition or tell a new story? Various stitches and techniques will be covered, offering a breadth of options for playing and building your own unique piece of sculptural embroidery. Some basic hand embroidery skills are required. However, the free-form nature of this construction makes the workshop an opportunity for students with varying levels of experience.
There will be some objects available to sift through, should you like to use them or simply seek inspiration. However, I ask that all students bring one, two, or a few objects that they find compelling. They can be old, new, colourful, bland, broken, tiny, flimsy, strong, funny, oddly shaped, rare or of the everyday.
Here's What You'll Learn With
Explore ways by which hand embroidery can give both physical and conceptual dimension to an object(s) of your choice.
Consider the object’s means of construction, condition, shapes, lines, textures, and colours.
Offering a breadth of options for playing and building your own unique piece of sculptural embroidery.