There is enormous potential in the interplay of patterns and textures found on hand-dyed fabrics and in hand embroidery with beads and threads. In this workshop students explore contemporary mark making and texture making through hand embroidery using a wide variety of stitches with beads, embroidery threads, and other embellishments on hand-dyed fabrics.
Class time is a mixture of design exploration, learning and utilizes a wide variety of hand-made stitches, sharing what we have learned and created with one another, and viewing examples of bead embroidery and contemporary hand embroidery on hand-dyed fabrics. Examples will be provided in physical form, in print, and digitally for inspiration and technique illustration. We will explore design considerations such as creating translucent overlays of pattern and texture, embellishing lines and found patterns within the hand-dyed fabrics, and various techniques for highlighting some fabric areas while obscuring or transforming others. Special attention is given to the interaction of bead and thread finish/texture and fabric pattern(s).
Each student will take home a small art quilt/embellished cloth (may or may not be finished) that contains the stitches and design principles explored. They will also take home a detailed booklet with information about stitches, bead and thread selection, and other important information for continued exploration of bead and thread embroidery on these special fabrics.
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.