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UK Artist Jennifer Collier – The Art of Paper and Stitch: Experimental Techniques Dresses Workshop Part 1

February 25 @ 10:00 am 12:30 pm

Experimental Techniques Dresses – A Two-Day Zoom Workshop
Part 1: Sunday, Feb 25
Part 2: Sunday, March 17


Contact Michelle Browne mlbatoast7@gmail.com to get on the wait list.

To start, the students will learn 5 ‘experimental’ techniques including melting plastics, fusing objects in plastic, waxing papers, wax entrapment in teabags, and transferring magazine images using “selotape”. Once they “have had a go at” these techniques they will make a two -part dress (bodice and skirt) using their favourite combination of techniques. The dresses will be hand stitched together and embellished with pockets, collars, buttons and handmade paper roses.  Jennifer will demonstrate paper pleating, covered binding, button loops, pockets, collars and patchworking papers to create the ‘fabric’ for your dress. She will then go onto show how to put these together and construct the garment.

From Jennifer: “I am on the screen the whole time (except for the break) and do demonstrations at set times, so people can choose to work away from the screen, but come back to these times to watch the next bit.”

*Each student will need a copy of the template I will email and share with participants in advance for this workshop. Students will also need access to old/dirty irons for waxing papers.

Michelle Browne, Program Chair

About Jennifer

Paper pioneer and UK artist Jennifer Collier creates exquisite artwork from vintage recycled materials in conjunction with stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles.

The papers serve as both the inspiration and the media for the work, with the narrative suggesting the forms. Through this marriage of unlikely materials old papers are transformed into something truly unique, delicate and complex.”I work from a studio in Stafford, and continue my self-employed career through the sale of my work, exhibitions and commissions. I run my own gallery, Unit Twelve, which is open to the public. The space houses six artist’s studios, including my own and hosts a changing program of themed, high quality contemporary craft exhibitions, curated by myself.