Lisa Binkley, Instructor
Dates: September 20th – 23rd, 2021 (9am-4pm)
Boro mending, kantha cloth, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend. Each of these evokes images of old, worn fabrics, simply but beautifully stitched for a new purpose out of need and salvaged cloth. Born of necessity in diverse cultures worldwide, contemporary fiber artists can learn much from these traditions both technically and aesthetically. In this workshop we explore the traditions that created these textiles and then look to them for inspiration in creating new works of fiber art.
Beginning with pieces of old fabrics, especially those with personal meaning—vintage linens, pieces of worn jeans, even bits of blankets or tattered garments—we select, curate, layer, and hand-stitch them into new looks and new life. Techniques explored include non-traditional hand-piecing and applique, hand-quilting with various weights of threads, inclusion of repurposed embellishments such as shirt buttons and beads from old jewelry, as well as design considerations in creating our compositions. This four-day workshop is a meditative blend of history, hand work, upcycling, and art making. This class is suitable for all levels of fiber artists.
Lisa Binkley Bio: Lisa Binkley holds a B.S. in Textiles & Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Formerly a public policy analyst, she has maintained an active fiber art studio since 2000 and has been teaching since 2007. Her award-winning artwork has been selected for national and international exhibitions. Lisa and her artwork have been featured on television, in internationally-distributed books and magazines, and in many local publications. Her art is represented in public, private, and corporate collections. Lisa and her husband, illustrator Ed Binkley, have two young-adult children and live in Madison, Wisconsin.