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Fiber Arts Department

April Wright

April Wright

April Wright

April Wright

April Wright

Instructor: April Wright

October 20, 22, 27 & 29, 2020
(Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am–12pm)
Structure of Class: 4 two-hour Zoom sessions

All levels

Registration deadline: October 14, 2020

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Using recycled materials students will learn construction techniques for wrapping and binding fibers to create fun, unique animals that surround us every day. We will begin by learning how to build a sturdy armature to give shape and form, making these mammals and birds come to life. First we will make a mammal and proceed to making a bird.

We will utilize basket making processes, such as random weave and wrapping in the construction of our animals.

During the course of this class we will study the detail and articulation in animals of all kinds and begin to incorporate both heavier and finer wire to learn how to give more detail. Then we will fill the armatures with plastic bags and cover and wrap them with fabric, yarn and thread.

All students are encouraged to bring printed images of the animals and birds they are interested in making. Open to all skill levels.

APRIL WRIGHT is a visual artist from Germantown, Tennessee. She uses humble, everyday materials to connect personal narratives about home, relationships, memory, and identity. She received her BA in Sculpture and Ceramics from Union University and her MFA in Art Studio at the University of Kentucky with a focus in Ceramics and Fibers in 2020. She works interdisciplinary in sculpture and installation art.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and galleries, such as the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama; Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, CA; and Boom, 48hr Student Neukolln Artist Festival, Berlin, Germany. While earning her MFA in Studio Arts she has taught both 3D and 2D foundational courses at the University of Kentucky as an Instructor of Record, and during her summers she reached out to her community in Lexington, teaching classes K-12 at the Living Arts and Science Center and Kentucky Mudworks. She completed a six-week summer residency at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art Columbia, South Carolina in 2020. She is currently an artist in residence at Mendocino Art Center, where she continues her research in paper and fibers and its historical reference to women’s work in relationship to the home.

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

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