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Improv Hand Quilting with Heidi Parkes



Heidi says: "Hand quilting is my favorite part of making a quilt! This workshop is both conceptual and technical. I will begin with a Powerpoint lecture, during which I will explain both why and how I quilted as I did. Stitch density, exposed or hidden knots, overlapping lines of quilting, and color choices will be expanded upon. I love to quilt with pearl size 8 thread for its high visibility and strength. Students can work with an existing quilt top or a ‘whole-cloth’ single piece of fabric. We will cover basting, quilting with a tabletop and a heavy book to create tension, hand positioning, hand care, thimble use, and a variety of ways to balance planning with improv. We will not use pens to ‘mark,’ our fabric, but will learn a few tricks to anticipate our stitching. I love to create areas of visual interest and activate the quilt top with the quilting functioning like a ‘drawing’ on the surface of the fabric. Students will not complete their quilt during the class, but they will get a solid foundation to start!" A supply list will be sent 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.

Improv Hand Quilting with Heidi Parkes

Cost:
$ 170.00
Sat, Mar 25, 2023 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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