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Lisa Binkley hand embroidery

Lisa Binkley

Exploring Theme and Variations in Hand Embroidery

April 7 - 13, 2013

5-Day Workshop

All Levels

Artistic themes can be both technical and conceptual. They can be found in the consistent use of such features as specific techniques, shapes, images, color schemes, or concepts. Hand embroidery lends itself beautifully to both technical and conceptual theme development. Bead and thread embroidery can be used to boldly define solid shapes, subtly suggest translucent shapes, and everything in between. Hand stitching with beads and thread can be used to create powerful line work, visual movement, and expressive, engaging textures. It can also be used to highlight both positive and negative space in works of art.

In this five-day class students explore ways to develop a personal theme and variations on that theme in order to create a small series of related mini art quilts, each of which features hand embroidery with beads and threads. Each day will be a combination of bead embroidery and thread embroidery technique demonstrations, viewing examples of technique applications, group discussion, and individual sketch and stitch explorations of ways to use and build on the techniques introduced. Time will also be dedicated to group discussion of works in progress and individual feedback by the teacher that is both supportive and idea-stimulating.

This class is suitable for all levels of fiber artists.

Since early childhood, I have spent countless hours immersed in thread and beads and in stitching them onto fabric. Throughout my life I have also been a self-guided student of the natural world, the spiritual quest, and poetry. For tens of thousands of years and across much of the globe, others have shared these material and intellectual passions. Like me, they have sought to contemplate and celebrate life‘s questions and wonders through the slow process of hand stitching with beads and thread. As I carry on my part of this tradition, I work to create meticulously crafted art objects. Whether I stitch them by hand or by machine, I see these objects as forms of visual poetry. Through them I seek to speak to viewers quietly, reverently, and often whimsically of the mystery and beauty of our universe.

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, she has maintained an active fiber art studio since 2000 and exhibits her award-winning work nationwide. Curators from the Smithsonian Art Museum‘s Renwick Gallery, Chicago‘s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Bellevue Arts Museum, among others, have selected her work for inclusion in major exhibitions. Lisa and her artwork have been featured on local and national television, in internationally-distributed books and magazines, and in many local publications. Her art is represented in private and corporate collections. Lisa enjoys sharing her passion for fiber and beads through her artwork, classes, and lectures. She lives in Waunakee, Wisconsin with her husband and their two children.

Lisa Binkley hand embroidery