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Textiles Spring Concentration

Textiles Spring Concentration
March 6 -April 29, 2022
Erika Diamond
Body as Armature

Using ourselves as inspiration and armature, we’ll create objects for the body by following the basic principles of the scientific method: observe, collect, measure, experiment, hypothesize, test, and modify. Our sculptural forms will connect conceptually and physically to the body as metaphoric and literal extensions of the self. Starting with the idea that a stitch is a hole—in any material—connected to another hole with something functioning as thread, we’ll explore inventive methods of creating form, including additive textile techniques (stitching, knitting, coiling, weaving, bobbin lace), and casting and then deconstructing materials (cutting, drilling, etc.) to turn them into pliable cloth. We’ll discover how to wear new materials as we mine the personal meaning behind them. All levels. 

Note: This workshop takes place in a second-floor, walk-up studio that is made partially accessible by a stair lift.

Studio artist, assistant director of galleries at Chautauqua Institution (NY); teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (CO); residencies: McColl Center for Visual Art (NC), STARworks (NC), ABK Weaving Center (WI), Platte Forum (CO); exhibitions: Form & Concept Gallery (NM), Dorsky Gallery (NYC), Kent State University Museum (OH), Fiberart International 2019 (PA); commissions: costumes for Charlotte Ballet (NC); collections: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (CA). 

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Erika Diamond, Eggshell Garment for Hugging II, eggshells stitched between layers of tulle, garment worn to record imprint of hugs
Erika Diamond, Eggshell Garment for Hugging II, eggshells stitched between layers of tulle, garment worn to record imprint of hugs