Join Canadian textile artist Mary Pal for this introductory workshop that covers her unique method of manipulating cheesecloth that incorporates “sculpting” and “painting” with fibres. Working from a photograph provided by Mary and employing the use of transparency, you will explore various application techniques and learn the basic skills required to create stunning portraits out of humble cheesecloth. The class covers sculpting, machine appliqué, and two different methods of finishing and mounting to create either a quilted (soft-mounted) or a non-quilted appliquéd portrait (hard-mounted).
This class is suitable for confident beginners who can operate a sewing machine.
Mary Pal is a Canadian textile artist whose current work exemplifies her fascination with fibre manipulation and the tactile possibilities of stitch. Her work defies easy classification, encompassing art quilt, mixed media, sculpting, stitch and paint on richly textured fibre backgrounds. She is best known for her cheesecloth portraits which have been exhibited throughout the world, published in many books, and featured in magazines and on a popular quilting arts television program and DVD. Her artwork has received numerous awards at international exhibitions and is in many private and museum collections.
Mary enjoys sharing her passion for textile art and teaches classes internationally. A past member of the Board of Directors for Studio Art Quilt Associates, she is an active participant in shaping the growing fibre art movement.