The Cartographic Quilt - Complex Composition


  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada
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With Valerie Goodwin

$595 [Includes $75 lab fee] class limit 12. May 15, 16, 17, 18, 2017 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 10am-4pm).

Cross-fertilization between disciplines can enrich how an artist approaches her work. This workshop will focus on the basic principles of graphic composition used by many architects. Students will learn to create rich and complex arrangements using principles of scale, merging, layering/overlapping, ranking, and framing. 

Beginning with a series of quick exercises, students will gain a grounding in the fundamentals of composition and begin employing the elements and principles of design. 

Valerie Goodwin will work closely with students, guiding them to more advanced explorations that afford opportunities to experiment and invent. Valerie is well known for creating a flexible environment of encouragement, order, and inspiration. 

Building on these creative foundations, students will tap into the right and left sides of the brain to design a thoughtful and imaginative composition from a distinctive perspective. Each student will create a cartographic art quilt that tells the story of a particular place.

Valerie Goodwin joins us from the USA.

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About Valerie Goodwin

Internationally known for pushing art quilts into new cartographic territory, Valerie Goodwin’s award winning works are inspired by her love of maps, aerial views, landscapes, and her diagrammatic re-interpretation of cities.

Her unique artistic voice is influenced by her formal training as an architect. In Valerie Goodwin’s own words,  “The journey I have been on has taken me in many surprising and totally unexpected directions.  It has also created interesting results made by my desire to fuse my work as an architect with my work as a fibre artist.”

In addition to her success as a professor of architecture, Valerie Goodwin is an accomplished author, writing for a variety of publications. In 2013 she published her most recent title: Art Quilt Maps: Capture a Sense of Place with Fiber Collage—A Visual Guide.