Saturday, January 29th from 10:30am- 12:30 pm, Virtual Presentation/Art Prompt, with American fibre artist, Merill Comeau.
This presentation is free to all TFAM Members. A zoom link will be sent to before the event. No need to register.
Merill Comeau Lecture Description:
Accompanied by a chronological slide show of images of her work, Comeau will talk about her development as an artist, her work’s conceptual underpinnings, and her creative process creating unique materials to tell stories visually. Projects covered will include her autobiographical work exploring family stories and her social justice works created in response to contemporary societal challenges. In addition, Merill will showcase her ongoing series, Fragments of Eden, using imagery from nature as a symbol for our human life cycle. With her slides, she will illustrate specific examples of printing on fabric and hand stitching. In addition, if time allows, she will share a few of her experiences working as a community artist, and provide images of the resulting collaborative pieces. Merill will answer questions posed in the chat throughout the lecture.
Participants will be prompted to create a small autobiographical fabric collage that uses metaphor to tell their story.
Participants will participate in a quick writing exercise to generate autobiographical materials and to identify a phrase to explore. Merill will demonstrate, using a couple volunteer participants as examples, brainstorming translating story ideas into visuals. Comeau will also provide a short demo of her selection of materials and how she begins her collage to help people get started.
Note: the amount of yardage depends on the size of the project participants would like to attempt. A small ‘sample’ project from 6x10 to 12x18 inches is recommended.
Paper and writing utensil
Fabrics of meaning: snippets of lace from a wedding dress, salvaged yardage from a worn blouse, grandmother’s linen napkin or hanky, etc.
Favourite fabrics: ‘your’ colours, patterns that are fun or poignant.
Note: it is advisable to have on hand a rainbow array of colours, a bit of white and black, light and dark fabrics, and differently scaled patterns.
For Backing: plain linen or cotton cut to the size you would like to make your piece. I also use cheesecloth and/or netting of various weights if I want some transparency to the work.
Embellishments: threads of varying thickness including embroidery thread if you have it, buttons, sequins – anything that tickles your fancy
Tools: scissors, straight and safety pins, needles, thimble, hoop if you use one. Optional, a bit of tacky glue might come in handy.