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Drawing from the Model on the Sewing Machine


  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC Canada (map)
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With Eleanor Hannan

$395 [Includes $100 lab fee] class limit 12. Mar 22, 23, 24, 2019 (Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

The sewing machine is a tool for expressive free-form drawing. Why not use it to draw directly from the model? 

Imagine: your machine is set-up, loaded with your favourite coloured threads, your chosen cloth is ready, and the elegantly costumed model is posing in front of you. 

For the textile artist, no greater thrill exists: the challenge of it, the freedom of letting go (you just cannot always control what will happen), and the potential for discovery. Unexpected and miraculous things happen!

This short course is intended to introduce students to the art of machine embroidery as an expressive drawing tool for quick studies from the live model. The subject will be both costumed and nude. We will also be creating gestural studies from floral bouquets. 

Students will be working on linen, cotton, and canvas as well as pre-dyed fabrics. We will consider cloth texture and will work both with and without stabilizers to encourage natural cloth puckering.

No previous drawing experience is necessary.

Sewing machine required.

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About Eleanor Hannan

Eleanor is a visual artist and teacher who sees  drawing as the core of her art. She is driven by the ancient adage nulla dies sine linea, “not a day without a line.”

Eleanor has taught design for textiles at Capilano University, textile printing at Emily Carr Univeristy of Art and Design, textile design for fashion at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and surface design in the fashion department at the University of the Fraser Valley. 

She has worked for several years on a collaborative project with the writer Elizabeth Dancoes creating stories based on the history and mythologies of the skirt. The results of this collaboration have been featured in gallery exhibitions and online.

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