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Skins and Skeletons - 3D Textile Constructions


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)

With Mo Kelman

$695 [Includes $100 lab fee] Class limit 14. Nov 7-11 (Wed-Sun) 10am-4pm.

In this experimental workshop students will learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials such as reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, and wire. The class will also explore the use of found materials and recycled frameworks. Methods will include formal and chaotic plaiting, wire and netting construction, and lashing techniques.

To build skins onto these structures, techniques for working with animal gut, rice papers, elastic fabrics, wax, and stiffeners will be presented. Exercises, brainstorming sessions, and problem-solving challenges will lead to a focused, personal project. All levels welcome.

This workshop represents a rare opportunity to learn directly from Mo Kelman, an internationally established artist and teacher.

Mo joins us from Rhode Island, USA.

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Mo Kelman is a sculptor, fibre artist, and professor of art at the Community College of Rhode Island. Her artwork combines membrane-like materials with lashed skeletal structures to create tensile sculptures which seek a point of balance that is tentative and temporary. A recipient of a U.S. National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Mo Kelman has exhibited her work at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show; the British Crafts Centre; Korea’s Cheongju International Craft Biennale; the International Shibori Symposia in Nagoya, Japan and Hong Kong; Brown University’s Bell Gallery in Rhode Island; and the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts. She is a recipient of a 2012 Artist’s Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. mokelman.com

Earlier Event: November 5
The Art of Embroidery
Later Event: November 8
The Creative Studio (second offering)