Upcoming Fiber Arts Classes

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Fiber Arts Department

Lisa Binkley

Lisa Binkley

Lisa Binkley

Lisa Binkley

Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Full-group sessions: November 7–9, 2020
(Saturday–Monday, 10am–12pm PST)

Individual sessions*: November 13–14, 2020
(Friday–Saturday, 30-minute scheduled sessions with each student, 10am–2pm PST)

*All registered students are welcome to listen in on these sessions.
All levels

Structure of Class: 3 two-hour Zoom sessions – including teacher presentations, demonstrations, student questions, and student work time each day – plus one 30-minute scheduled session with each student.

Registration deadline: November 3, 2020

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Or call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10

Boro mending, kantha cloth, the Quilts of Gee's Bend. Each of these evokes images of old, worn fabrics, simply but beautifully stitched for a new purpose out of need and salvaged cloth. Born of necessity in diverse cultures worldwide, contemporary fiber artists can learn much from these traditions both technically and aesthetically. In this workshop we explore the traditions that created these textiles and then look to them for inspiration in creating new works of fiber art.

Beginning with pieces of old fabrics, especially those with personal meaning – vintage linens, pieces of worn jeans, even bits of blankets or tattered garments –we select, curate, layer, and hand stitch them into new looks and new life.

Techniques explored include non-traditional hand piecing and applique, hand quilting with various weights of threads, inclusion of repurposed embellishments such as shirt buttons and beads from old jewelry, as well as design considerations in creating our compositions. This workshop is a meditative blend of history, hand work, upcycling, and art making. This class is suitable for all levels of fiber artists.

LISA BINKLEY holds a B.S. in Textiles & Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Formerly a public policy analyst, Lisa has worked as a studio fiber artist since 2000 and has been teaching since 2007. Her award-winning artwork has been selected for national and international exhibitions including those of the American Quilters' Society, the International Quilt Association, Crafts National, CraftForms, Wisconsin Artists Biennia, and many others.

Lisa and her artwork have been featured on local and national television, in international books and magazines, and in many local publications. Her art is represented in public, private, and corporate collections. Lisa enjoys sharing her passion for fiber art through her artwork, workshops, and lectures. She and her husband, illustrator Ed Binkley, have two young-adult children. Lisa and Ed live in the woods of Madison, Wisconsin, with their big fluffy dog.

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Current MAC Members: $202
Non-members: $225 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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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.

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