Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 March 2021, The Art of Story Cloth, Virtual Workshop with Multicolores from Guatemala
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 March 2021, 2-5pm GMT
The Art of Story Cloth, Virtual Workshop with Multicolores
Multicolores is an association of Maya women artists who create original works of textile art using embroidery and rug-hooking. Embroidery artists master dozens of embroidery stitches to create texture, pattern, and dimension in designs. They design each piece individually using both freehand drawing and templates. Combining stitching with needle turn appliqué, artists create highly detailed, layered compositions each expressing a visual narrative. Like stitched paintings, story cloths explore distinct stories inspired by the artist’s local legends, celebrations, and folklore, and her family, community, and personal experiences. Each artwork is a vibrant expression of the artist’s individual imagination and creative voice.
Outline of the workshop
In this two-day contemporary embroidery workshop, you will explore the art of hand-stitched story cloths. Your instructors are Maya women embroidery artists, who will begin by sharing some of their own work and sources of inspiration. They will invite you to consider the many sources of your own stories: family lore, community traditions and celebrations, folktales and legends, life experiences, moments from daily life, and our own vivid imagination. The artists will lead you in a discussion about the use of symbols and other visual strategies to convey meaning and emotion in each piece.
Artists will guide you through their design process: sketching concepts, playing with placement, scale, and composition, choosing colour combinations, and transferring your design to fabric. Artists will review a vocabulary of five stitches that can be used to create an infinite variety of textures, lines, and shapes. Artists will share their expert stitching tips and important dos and don’ts. The workshop includes a downloadable design guide including several of the teaching artists’ original templates. By the end of the workshop, you will have mapped out and begun stitching a story cloth inspired by your own personal narrative.
This workshop is suitable for experienced embroiderers and beginners alike, though some embroidery experience is recommended.
Preparation: Please come prepared with 2-3 ideas of personal stories that you might render in a story cloth.
Materials list (not provided)
- Ground cloth: solid coloured, plain weave (densely woven) cotton or linen fabric to use as the base of your design. Please wash your fabric before working with it so that it doesn’t shrink later on. During this workshop, you will be working with a 23cm x 23cm square “canvas,” and we recommend cutting your cloth with 7 cm of extra fabric on each edge (37cm x 37cm total measurements).
- Hoop: plastic or wood embroidery hoop to hold the fabric taut.
- Embroidery needles: look for needles with a larger eye so that it’s possible to thread the thicker embroidery thread.
- Embroidery thread: stranded cotton embroidery thread in an array of colours.
- Sharpened pencil and tailor’s chalk. Used for marking your design on the fabric.
- Drawing supplies and scratch paper
- Thick paper for making design templates. In the spirit of recycling, old file folders work well!
If you require additional information about this workshop please contact Catherine Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop Cancellation Policy
All places reserved on workshops are non-refundable, however, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will re-advertise your place and refund your fee as long as we are able to sell your place and the workshop is fully booked.