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Diary Quilts with Heidi Parkes: Documenting, Storytelling, and Intuiting with Stitch



Heidi will lead students in creating a diary quilt in this 3-day class. Students will receive a wealth of information in advance, with videos on handwork techniques, and a welcome video to spark creativity and offer guidance in collecting and packing fabrics for class. Quilt top construction will focus on hand piecing, but Heidi will also do a few sewing machine demos in class. Construction choices like this add to the diary effect by chronicling color preferences, found fabrics, trades, and daily whims around stitching with a machine, or by hand in the workroom, on the sofa, or even outside. A supply list and introduction videos will be sent to students upon registration.

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Skill Level:
beginner
Skill Details:
Advanced Beginner
Instructor Name:
Heidi Parkes
Instructor Bio:
In my work, I create a scaffolding of fabric, piecing, and quilting that allows me to reference many ideas on a single plane. The raw materials are textiles from domestic culture, fashion, family heirlooms, and scavenged prints. I integrate them with fabrics that I have embroidered, stained, dyed, or designed. These materials are pieced together to create the main imagery of the quilt, like a collage. This cloth is then beset with hand stitches, evocative of the slow process involved in construction, and functioning as a layer of ?drawing? on the quilt's surface.
When composing a quilt I rarely adhere to a set plan, relying instead on improvisation. Remindful of color field painting, I begin my work with a feeling, place, or theme. Looking to reconstruct my world, I employ aerial views, photographic documentation, and artifacts- all the while aware that my goal is far more complex than the visual of a single point in time. The moments I choose to replicate are unique to me and simultaneously innumerable in the lives of others.
Like so many women before her, my maternal grandmother planned a collaborative quilt to celebrate my birth and introduced me to the art of quilting. My work continues a family tradition, but congruently incorporates new information from varied quilting traditions and my multidisciplinary training in art. Often inspired by painters, I feel an artistic connection with Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Mark Bradford, Julie Mehretu, Cy Twombly, Agnes Martin, William Kentridge, El Anatsui, Do Ho Suh, the quilts of Gee?s Bend, and the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi.

Diary Quilts with Heidi Parkes: Documenting, Storytelling, and Intuiting with Stitch

Cost:
$ 475.00
Fri, Jun 9, 2023 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sat, Jun 10, 2023 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sun, Jun 11, 2023 at Noon to 4:00 pm
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