Ballarat Spring 21st – 27th September 2020
About Jodi Colella
Jodi Colella works at the intersection of tradition and innovation creating artwork that sparks contemporary discussion. Working across fiber arts, needlework, photography, sculpture and more, Colella brings gravity to craft traditions often dismissed as feminine. Through her work, she encourages audiences to consider craft disciplines in a new light.
Jodi is a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery and exhibits internationally. She has received numerous awards including a Fellowship ComPeung Thailand, Pollack-Krasner Fellowship Vermont Studio Center, and Somerville Arts Council Fellowships.
She has taught internationally including the Center for the Arts Skopelos Greece, Society for Craft in Pittsburgh, SDA’s Confluence in Minneapolis plus many local venues.
Mixed Media Embroidery
Do you like to juxtapose unlikely materials and processes to create compelling imagery and objects? To honour memory and place while working with your hands? Join us and learn how to embroider on the fragile surfaces of prints, photographs and other unusual objects. Using the simple tools of needle and thread we will add texture, dimension and meaning to favourite imagery. Students will bring photos, magazine pages, posters, or other paper imagery for consideration. We’ll explore personal themes and surface designs and then stitch them to life. The properties of paper are different from fabric and require adaptations to traditional embroidery methods. We will cover how to approach this as well as how to embroider on unlikely surfaces like goose eggs, boxes, or any other object that allows us to puncture holes for stitching. I will share my approaches with demos and samples. We will have time to experiment with a few different approaches. Work of other embroidery fiber artists will be discussed too. Beginner-level experience with embroidery is helpful but not necessary.
Here's What You'll Learn With
Embroider on the fragile surfaces of prints, photographs and other unusual objects.
Properties of paper are different from fabric and require adaptations to traditional embroidery methods.
Be shown how to embroider on unlikely surfaces like goose eggs, boxes, or any other object that allows us to puncture holes for stitching.