Fiber Arts (9-12)

The quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama have a long tradition of making surprising and expressive works of art from discarded scraps of fabric; artist Mike Kelly used “found” crocheted afghans and hand-made stuffed animals in his artworks; Jim Isserman has elevated the “craft” of weaving to an art form, and “yarn bombing” has become a popular means of beautifying public spaces. In this course, we will embark on an exploration of textiles, dyeing, beadwork, stitch work, sewing, weaving, knitting, crochet and…more! For centuries these techniques have been denigrated as merely “craft:” here we will honor this “women’s work” as Art with a capital A!  During the first week we will have guest artists who will come talk about their work and also lead technical workshops. We’ll take field trips to galleries, museums and studios to see various ways artists have incorporated “fiber arts” into their artistic practice.   Using the first week’s activities and techniques as inspiration, students will use week two to create their own “fiber arts” project.

Amy Russell