Create your very own unique soft sculpture through the use of traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques including fabric, paper, yarn, plastic, beads, wrapping, stitch and binding. This workshop is designed for all levels of ability. Those with no prior experience working with textiles will get an intensive introduction to the tactile and sculptural potential of cloth and some basic techniques to get them started. For more experienced participants there will be sewing machines and tips for using traditional techniques in contemporary ways. All participants will receive one on one guidance from the tutor as well as the opportunity to handle and explore soft sculptural artwork examples. This is a fun and experimental workshop and everyone will be able to take home a tactile form of their own.
Quite a few materials will be supplied but it’s recommended to bring the following if you can:
- Any fabric, paper or yarn scraps/remnants, no matter how small
- Any other interesting flexible materials that you are interested in (e.g. cables, fringing, fur, feathers, metal shim, wire, twigs, pantyhose)
- Materials for stuffing such as plastic shopping bags, shredded paper, polyfill
- Basic sewing kit: thread, scissors, sewing needles
- Embellishing materials such as buttons, beads, ribbons
Paula do Prado is a full time artist based in Sydney whose practice engages with textiles, collage, painting, soft objects and text. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, do Prado emigrated to Australia in 1986. Her work explores identity in relation to authenticity, privilege and belonging. Many of her chosen materials are reclaimed, gifted or collected on her travels and play a significant role in the conceptual narrative of the work.
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