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During this weeklong workshop, Erin Sweeney will guide us on an exploration of different sewing techniques to make new, experimental pieces. Using embroidery and other stitching techniques, including modified bookbinding techniques, we will create unique tactile surfaces on your photos, prints, and paintings. We will quilt with Tyvek and use sewing machines as well as hand-sewing techniques to stitch together paper. We will also use the sewing machine as a mark-making tool. We will experiment with materials: dyeing Tyvek, experimenting with different kinds of papers, as well as with your photos and prints. The class will do a collaborative piece—in keeping with traditions of quilting as a group, sewing bees, and knitting enclaves all over the world. The group will determine the process and the final piece. There will be an opportunity to print you photographs on fabric to incorporate into these projects.
Then Friday afternoon, the legendary book artist Daniel Kelm will review your creations and provide a critic of the week’s work. Daniel will talk about how his own work and how he invented new structures.
Students should bring favorite tools and materials, photographs, and interesting fabrics or papers. All other materials will be provided.
Instructor: Erin Sweeney
Erin Sweeney lives and works in southern New Hampshire. She received her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she was awarded the Elizabeth C. Roberts Prize for Graduate Book Arts. She also has a BFA in Sculpture from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.
Sweeney exhibits nationally, most recently at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts and at the Museum of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. In 2019, Sweeney was awarded a Ruth and James Ewing Award for Excellence in the Arts, and in 2020 was a juror for the Awards.
Additionally, Sweeney is the Coordinator of the Art Education program at Plymouth State University. She teaches Art Education and studio courses; develops curriculum, and assessment strategies, and loves to talk about teaching! She also teaches workshops at her Lovely in the Home Press and travels to teach workshops.
Instructor: Daniel Kelm
Daniel E. Kelm is a book artist who is known for his innovative structures and extensive knowledge of materials. Kelm enjoys expanding the concept of the book. He invented a style of bookbinding called “wire edge binding” in the mid-1980s in order to explore the nature of the book as articulated sculpture. Kelm’s experience with bookbinding began in 1978 with employment in the first of several production studios where he learned progressively more specialized traditional techniques.