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  • June 16, 2012 – 10:00 am

Don't Be Square: Adult Studio Series--A Two-Part Workshop

Guest Artist: Ben Venom

  • Ben Venom. Am I Demon?, 2010. Hand-made Quilt, Heavy Metal T-Shirts, Fabric, Batting, Thread, 41” x 51”

Session One: Friday, June 15, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Session Two: Saturday June 16, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Guest Artist: Ben Venom
Presented in collaboration with Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

Location: Frist Art Museum and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Cost: $120 per participant. Cost includes gallery admission, parking, lunch during both sessions, and some materials. Participants must provide their own sewing machine, T-shirts, and fabrics.
Registration opens on April 1: Click here to register or participants may call 615.277.7455.

Join San Francisco-based artist Ben Venom, who is interested in juxtaposing traditional handmade crafts with his interest in heavy metal music, for a two-day workshop exploring quilt design and construction and challenging the concept that quilting is only the domain of folk art. The workshop will begin at the Frist Art Museum with a tour of the exhibition Creation Story: Gee’s Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial followed by lunch. In the afternoon, and the following day, the program will continue at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film where participants will create an individually designed small quilting square from their own worn out T-shirt of found fabric. The workshops will cover appliqué, basting, and quilt construction. No prior experience with quilting is required. 

Workshop One
Friday, June 15
• Introduction to class
• Tour Creation Story: Gee’s Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial in the Frist Art Museum
• Draw out designs for templates
• Cut tees / fabric to size
• Machine sew design together

Workshop Two
Saturday, June 16
• Safety pin / Baste fabric in preparation for quilting
• Design Quilting pattern
• Studio time / troubleshooting

Suggested Reading: Dare to Be Square Quilting: A Block-by-Block Guide to Making Patchwork and Quilts by Boo Davis

Image: Ben Venom

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