Wari Surface Design Workshop:
Modern Peruvian Design
Presented in conjunction with Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed
at the Irving Arts Center,
Oct. 4 – Dec. 31, 2014
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Intricate and historically significant Wari textiles from ancient Peru featuring humans, animals, the natural and the supernatural, as well as colorful, contemporary woven works by Maximo Laura, will be the rich inspiration for this one day surface design workshop with fiber/mixed media artist and instructor, Leisa Rich.
Alter a fabric surface using dyes to create pattern, use stencils you will design and cut during the workshop that interpret Wari designs, then move on to build dimension and simulate a weave structure using hand embroidery, hand sewing and appliqué. Create a unique textile that reflects your modern interpretation of this inspiring culture and its history.
Registration includes supplies as well as a complimentary ticket to the exhibition Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed at the Irving Arts Center.
While materials and art supplies will be provided, participants are encouraged to bring embroidery floss in their choice of colors (6 -7 is suggested) and any miscellaneous fabric from home they might want to incorporate into their design.
Please bring a bag lunch.
(Discount for IAC Art Connection Members and Irving Art Association Members: $50)
To register go to www.irvingartscenter.com/ForArtists or call 972.252.2787
About the Instructor:
Leisa Rich draws from fine art, fiber art and fine craft techniques and uses new materials, detritus, free-motion machine embroidery — a method of drawing and building texture using a sewing machine and thread — hand embroidery, sewing, dyeing, resin, painting and most recently, 3D printing, to form her dimensional 2D, sculptural and installation works. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Fibers from the University of North Texas, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers and a Bachelor of Education in Art, has been featured in many books, teaches in arts centers, colleges and in her studio, and writes about art for magazines and on-line publications. Her work is in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the University of Texas- Pan American and The University of North Texas, among others, and in many private collections. Leisa resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work can be seen at www.monaleisa.com