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(SOLD OUT) Embroidered Botany: Workshop with Amanda McCavour

January 13 @ 10:30 am 4:00 pm

In this brand-new offering, Amanda McCarvour will share the techniques she has developed to create ethereal sculptures. Her work explores an often-overlooked side of embroidery: the structural possibilities versus the inherent fragility of thread. This full-day workshop will explore machine and hand embroidery to create botanical designs that explore texture and color.

Students will trace a botanical design from a series of provided drawings and will translate this into textile with collaging threads, wool, and yarns with stitched lines. Students will learn how to work with water soluble stabilizers and will explore texture, pattern, and line with hand embroidery to create a one-of-a-kind piece. Running stitch, chain stitch, couching stitch, French knots, and seed stitches will add color and interest.

Beginners are welcome, no experience is necessary, all skills and techniques will be taught. Tea will be provided, please bring your lunch. All materials are included.

Saturday, January 13, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration: Public $170, Members $155 (plus applicable taxes and fees)

About Amanda McCavour

Amanda McCavour is a Canadian artist who works with stitches to create large-scale embroidered installations.

Her immersive installations speak to themes of memory, environment, colour, and line. She is interested in finding connections between scientific research and decorative patterns found in textiles and wallpaper. Her lace-like pieces are made by sewing into fabric that dissolves in water. When the fabric is dissolved, the thread drawings interlock together even without a base. Plants and their ecologies are similarly linked—a biological network is a bound system that sustains a community of plants.

McCavour holds a BFA from York University and an MFA in Fibers and Material Studies from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally and has completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto, and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. She has been recognized by the Ontario Crafts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association, and The Embroiderers Guild of America.


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