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Portrait in Cloth


  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Naomibelle Rozell

$195 [Includes $50 lab fee] Class limit 15. Nov 24-25 (Sat-Sun) 10am-4pm.

Representing the human figure in cloth is at the heart of many folk-art traditions. Evocative, whimsical, or profound, creating a likeness is a creative pathway for exploring ideas of character and self.

Students will form a human figure cut from cloth, lovingly stitched together by hand, stuffed, clothed, and embellished using a variety of materials such as fabric, threads, fabric paints, pens, beads, and buttons. Students will also be provided with a small journal to record thoughts, ideas, sketches, poetry, and prose that relates to the portrait. 

This will be a very intimate, hands-on experiential process with an emphasis on creating a portrait that is as unique as your own fingerprints. Completion during class time may not be expected; rather, students will leave with sufficient knowledge and inspiration to complete the portrait at their own pace.

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NaomiBelle Rozell cannot recall a time when creativity was not part of her daily life. Although she works with many types of crafts, most of her days are taken up with knitting. You can find her most Saturdays in Maiwa’s Supply Store in the Net Loft on Granville Island.

She dedicates her work to her mother, who knitted her father’s dress socks for much of their married life. As Naomi writes, “Although I did not learn to knit from my mother, she is my inspiration for knitting. I well remember her putting aside her coffee cup and novel (yes, she read while she knitted) as she focused on ‘turning the heel.’ Once  it was complete, she propped up her book, poured a fresh cup, and resumed her knitting as she read and enjoyed her coffee.  I can still hear her needles softly clicking, creating stitch after stitch after stitch.”

Earlier Event: November 17
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