Susan Lenz

The "Strata Series" was inspired by the cross-sectional profiles of the earth. The resulting series was worked on water-soluble fabric in free motion machine embroidery. The series was SHORT LIVED. Thus, this blog is a place to BURY blog the cross-sectional profiles. It functions as a support area for my "main" blog which is Art in Stitches by Susan Lenz.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Arrowmont's Legacy Weekend Workshop

Second Life
Reviving Vintage with Grave Rubbings through Stitch
A Workshop by
Susan Lenz
2123 Park Street in Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 254-0842  Wk (803) 254-0923 H (803) 606-9804 (Cell)

Above: Three Grave Rubbing Art Quilts by Susan Lenz

Length of Session: Unique Legacy Weekend at Arrowmont, April 3 - 6 including an introduction lecture and “trunk show” on Thursday from 7:30 PM – 10 PM; demonstrations, field trip to White Oak Flats Cemetery (est. 1830), and work time on Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM; and additional instruction including a variety of finishing suggestions on Saturday from 9 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from 8 AM – 3 PM.

Cost: To be determined by Arrowmont

GOALS: Introduction to 1) crayon on fabric grave rubbings and their use with vintage household linens 2) hand stitching and free motion machine embroidery as a design tool 3) recycling as an art quilt concept 4) finishing and professionally presenting a framed or unframed family heirloom, and 6) stimulating creative responses for legacy artwork.

Finished Product: At least one completed project as a small, wall hanging art quilt or mounted into a variety of provided, professionally cut mats.

Provided Materials: basic ground fabrics, threads, needles, a large assortment of vintage household linens, professionally cut mats and foam-centered backing boards, pins, recycled felt, buttons, vintage trinkets, embroidery floss and yarns, beads, crayons

Provided Class Supplies (as needed): scissors, staple gun and staples, use of a sewing machine, resource books, irons, ironing boards, heavy-duty extension cords, power strips, iron cleaner, bibliography in handout form.

Materials to be supplied by participants: scissors, personal stitching/embroidery supplies as desired, any vintage materials (including small old photos, trinkets, buttons, embroidered household linens, and even mementoes like old eyeglasses or lockets of hair ... anything that might find its way into a personal legacy art quilt ... but generally not something really, really rare or terribly valuable!) If a participant comes with only their own scissors ... that’s fine!

WORKSHOP OUTLINE: Thursday evening: Introduction and “trunk show”. Friday: Field trip to White Oaks Flat Cemetery, demonstration of making a grave rubbing, one-on-one project planning discussion, individual work time. Saturday: “The Four Family of Stitches” hand embroidery demonstration, self-guided free-motion machine embroidery demonstration, individual work time. Sunday: Demonstrations of finishing techniques including mounting fiber art for custom picture framing.

Instructors teaching qualifications: Susan Lenz has taught fiber arts through the South Carolina Arts Commission’s “Artist-in-Resident Program from 2002 – 2006 and workshops for art teachers in several public school districts as well as the MAT (Masters of Arts in Education) program at Lander University (2005 to present). Her workshops have been part of the educational programming at the Columbia Museum of Art, Saluda Shoals Park Foundation, The Studios of Key West, and the Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh, PA.