This 5-session online class will explore multiple entry points into textile art. Students will use natural dyes and inks, embroidery, and relief printing to experiment with color and pattern.
Each session will introduce a new process or project in order to give each participant a range of skills and concepts to begin or expand a practice in textile arts:
- Textile art, design, concepts and tools
- Preparing plant-based fibers for dying
- Making and using natural dyes and inks
- Linoleum block carving and printing
- Various embroidery stitches and possibilities
- Creative ways to combine these skills and processes
This class will emphasize the use of eco-friendly materials such as natural inks, and all demonstrations covered will be tailored for executing at home. Students can follow demonstrations in real time, or take notes and use the workshop experience to guide future projects. Students can make a collection of test projects, or dig into one larger project throughout the course.
Shannon Bodrogi is an artist, musician and arts educator. Working with alternative photo printmaking, monoprint, relief, embroidery, painting and collage, Shannon builds up pieces with different combinations through an intuitive process. She is interested in the patchwork of memory, documenting and archiving experiences and places, and the lessons we can learn from the plants around us. Shannon teaches MonoMerch: Basic Embroidery for DIY Merch through The Vera Project, which connects needle work to punk aesthetics and values. She values creating a safer and welcoming space that prioritizes self-expression, exploration and understanding.
Willa Goettling is an artist and educator whose work investigates ecology & corporeality. Willa received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper from Columbia College Chicago (2019) and BA in Medical Anthropology & Global Health from the University of Washington (2016). While at Columbia, she worked as a Print Production Fellow on an offset press for the Journal of Artists’ Books; taught a variety of printmaking classes; and received an Albert P Weisman Award for her MFA thesis. She has worked as an in-house printer for the Center for Artistic Activism, teaches self-publishing workshops through Ugly Duckling Presse; and is currently the Education Coordinator at Dieu Donné Paper Mill in Brooklyn, NY.