Art gives us new eyes to see self, others and the world. Textile arts introduce learners to traditions and people around the globe, simultaneously expanding students’ art skills and cultural literacy.
Textiles are ideal for cross-disciplinary lessons that connect learners with science, social studies, math and other concepts. In 2012 I developed A Fiber Art Journey into Wetland Ecosystems, an integrative art and ecology program for Eden Prairie schools. Students from 18 Grade 5 classrooms learned about wetland habitats and preservation through the lens of textile arts. Response from teachers and students was enthusiastic.
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With an emphasis on surface design and contemporary approaches to enduring practices, my art has been exhibited for 15 years. In addition to a studio practice in Carver, MN, I curate exhibitions, teach textile arts and facilitate community-based art projects. Teaching in K-6 classrooms, art centers, correctional facilities, and from my studio since 1998, I’ve worked with audiences from age 5 to 85. In 2010 I completed an MA in art and theology at an ecumenical seminary in the Twin Cities, where I explored ways art and creativity shape human experience.
Fiber Arts Collage provides exposure to surface design techniques, culminating in the creation of individual or community textiles. Participants will engage in a series of hands-on activities that are adapted for the particular needs and environment of the group. From batik to block stamping to wet-felting to painterly applications of dye to cloth, the class will tap the imagination and inspire creativity. The instructor engages audiences by sharing history and cultural associations of textile activities, as appropriate for participant groups.