Follow Susan Else into the wild world of figurative cloth sculpture. Here color, pattern, gesture, emotion, and narrative work together to create a vibrant universe of engaging and evocative quilted people. In this class, each student makes a unique fabric collage and uses it to create a quilted 3D figure roughly 20” tall. In the process, students learn to design and create their own figures.
Open to students with intermediate machine and hand-sewing skills. Quilting experience is not necessary, but your machine must have zigzag capability as well as straight stitch.
Susan uses cloth not as a flat surface but as a wild flexible skin for three-dimensional objects. Her work has developed in tandem with the art quilt movement, but she is one of the few artists making figurative sculpture---often incorporating sound, light, and movement---from this medium. Susan uses cloth to create an alternate universe, and the resulting work is full of contradictions: it is whimsical, edgy, mundane, surreal, and engaging, all at once. Each piece tells a story, but the narrative is always open to interpretation. The power and beauty of the patterned cloth surface play off the form and content of the work, and the result is a dynamic seesaw of meanings and possibilities. She has shown nationally and internationally, and she teaches at art centers, museums, and conferences across the US.