Upcoming Fiber Arts Classes

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Fiber Arts Department

Susan Else

Susan Else

Susan Else

Susan Else

Susan Else


Instructor: Susan Else
October 27–30, 2017 (Friday–Monday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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You may register online until two weeks prior to the class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


In this dynamic, open-format class, sculptor Susan Else will help students figure out how to construct individual three-dimensional works in cloth. Susan's own work includes everything from human and animal figures to abstract forms, and she has a wealth of experience to share. She will contact students before class to get an idea of their proposed projects, and she will provide the specialized armature materials she uses in her own work. Students will bring their own fabric.


SUSAN ELSE uses cloth not as a flat surface but as a wild flexible skin for three-dimensional objects. Her work has developed in tandem with the art quilt movement, but she is one of the few artists making figurative sculpture – often incorporating sound, light, and movement – from this medium. Susan uses cloth to create an alternate universe, and the resulting work is full of contradictions: it is whimsical, edgy, mundane, surreal, and engaging, all at once. Each piece tells a story, but the narrative is always open to interpretation. The power and beauty of the patterned cloth surface play off the form and content of the work, and the result is a dynamic seesaw of meanings and possibilities.

She started this work in 1999, when she added 3D elements to a flat art quilt. Susan has shown nationally and internationally since then, with many solo shows in museums and galleries. Her work is in public and private collections, and she has completed many commissioned pieces. Her teaching is now limited to working with individuals and small groups in a studio setting.

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Current MAC Members: $414
Non-members: $460 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $30

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