On the last day of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Create 2014 Conference, I taught a workshop on paper circuits. The focus of the conference was STEM/STEAM education and what better way to teach engineering than draw from the classes I took at Shakerag with Leah Buechley last year. The art teachers made cards with lights. On the bus ride to the final conference event, one of the students showed off his card. Turned out that Thursday was his wedding anniversary and he’d made a card for his wife. Goes to show teachers just never know what effects their classes can have.
Teenagers at Little Middle Folk School in Brasstown, NC take advantage of one of the best weaving studios in the US. They’ve learned the traditional methods of weaving. Today we are going to leap forward into the new world of e-textiles. I’m betting they are up to it. After all, President Obama declared June 18 National Day of Making.
Ladies from the Wearable Art Connection learned Nuno Felting with beautiful results.
Creative as usual, the 6th grade English students at Center for Creative Arts tried their hands at all the fiber processes described in the book Gathering Blue. They wove on a floor loom, tried embroidery, and learned about natural and chemical dyes, and tried on clothing from other cultures. More pictures are on the Classes Page.