SATURDAY 1-DAY Fibers Workshop with Grace Eckert

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SATURDAY 1-DAY Fibers Workshop with Grace Eckert

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SATURDAY - Fiber Workshop

Instructor: Grace Eckert

Surface Design: Bleach Discharge                 One-Day Workshop

12 participants maximum

Turn a colored cotton tee-shirt into a one-of-a-kind garment by mindfully removing some of the dye. DO NOT sign up for this workshop if you are allergic to household chlorine BLEACH!One XL T-shirt per person will be provided.  You will have time to work on further items if you wish to bring your own. Any plain, darkish, pre-washed, cotton items or fabric goods will work; new or used. 

First: Pleat, Fold, Roll, Scrunch, Stitch, Crinkle, Crumple, Bind, and/or Mask your item.

Then: Dip, Spray, Stamp, Stencil, Drip, and/or Brush it with bleach.   Rinse and repeat if you want.

BE FEARLESS, HAVE FUN! Grace will bring lots of stuff for everyone to experiment with. 

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Workshop Artist: Grace Eckert 

 Bio: Born in Illinois, I travelled extensively as a young adult, began painting in Australia and returned home to earn a degree in Fine Arts. After graduation, on the road again, my art supplies ran out where they could not be replaced.  I began constructing both surfaces and images from the colored fabric available locally.  I slowly found my voice and have never returned to painting as my sole form of artistic expression.   My work is based on personal life experiences, communicating what I have felt and observed.   

From 1979 to 1990 I lived in England with access to richly dyed wool. Wonderful. My work was exhibited widely, and I earned numerous sponsored artists’ residencies and public commissions.  By 1987, I had completed 80 hand-woven tapestry wall hangings and begun experimenting with hand-tufted loop-pile textiles. My work is in many European collections, including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.  In 1988, I was presented to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at the unveiling of my tapestry triptych, ‘Earth, Sea, Sky’ at Paddington St. Mary’s Hospital, London. 

In 2000, I returned to the USA, focused on hand-tufting.  I created and sold over eight hundred one-of-a-kind tufted pieces and began creating knitted and loom-woven work. In 2005, I became Artist-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee in Martin and since 2006 have taught Weaving and Fibers in the Department of Visual & Theatre Arts.