Workshop & Instructor Information

Susan Else fabric sculptures

Susan Else

www.SusanElse.com

Large Scale Figures in Cloth

Aug 20 - 26, 2017

5-Day Workshop

All Levels

Rates & Enrollment

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.

Susan Else fabric sculptures
Susan Else fabric sculptures
Susan Else fabric sculptures
Susan Else fabric sculptures
Susan Else fabric sculptures