Skins and Skeletons: 3D Textile Constructions

In this experimental workshop you will learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, wire, found materials and recycled frameworks.  Methods will include lashing techniques, formal and chaotic plaiting, wire construction and netting.  To build skins onto these structures, techniques for working with gut, rice papers, elastic fabrics, wax, and stiffeners will be presented.  Exercises, brainstorming sessions, and problem-solving challenges will lead to a focused personal project.  All levels welcome.

Skins, Skeletons, Knots and Nets: 3D Textile Constructions

Learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials such as reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, wire and found materials. Techniques will include lashing, formal and chaotic plaiting, and tube connecting.  Build skins onto these structures using netting, knotting, elastic fabrics, gut, wax and stiffeners.  Exploration is encouraged!  Exercises, brainstorming and problem-solving will lead to a focused person project.  Slide presentations will provide inspiration and background on artists, designers and architects who utilize a skin and skeleton approach.

Zijdelings - Tilburg, Netherlands
April 22 - 25, 2020

Snow Farm - Williamsburg, Massachusetts
October 18 - 24, 2020


2020 Vision: Formed, Folded, Fused, Fabricated
Cape Cod Museum of Art - Dennis, MA
May - August 2020

Dedee Shattuck Gallery - Westport, Massachusetts
October 2020



Textiles: The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoeser includes the work of Mo Kelman, pages 161, 403.

Mary Schoeser, leading authority in the field of textiles and Honorary President of the UK Textile Society, has authored a lavish large-format resource, celebrating textiles around the world. Published by Thames and Hudson, the book includes over 1000 historical and contemporary images.    

Textile Society of America
World Shibori Network
Surface Design Association
Textile Study Group of New York
Handweaver's Guild of America

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