Skins and Skeletons
Mo Kelman, Instructor
Dates: August 8th – 12th, 2021
Skins, Skeletons, Nets and Knots: 3D Textiles
In this experimental workshop, students will learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like rattan, bamboo, wood, wire and found materials. Techniques will include lashing, chaotic plaiting and wire construction. To build skins onto these structures, we will work with gut, rice papers, knotted and knotless netting. Coatings like paintable graphite and kakishibu tannin will further modify surfaces. Exercises, brainstorming sessions, and problem-solving challenges will guide your production of a series of prototypes that will ignite your studio practice. All levels welcome
Mo Kelman Artist Statement: I contrive forms that merge physical aspects of architecture, industry and nature. I take cues from tensile structures, where a pliable membrane is supported and shaped by cables that apply tension. Using mokume shibori, a shaped-resist dyeing technique, I transform white silk organza into an elastic, translucent, patterned membrane. This skin is tied to structures I build with wood, bamboo and wire, and takes its sculptural form in response to stretching and tethering.
Current work is inspired by ephemeral phenomena—clouds, weather, smoke and flowing water. Complex forces determine their shapes from moment to moment: air movement, massing of water molecules, temperature change, evaporation, gravity or chemical transformation. I enjoy the irony of anchoring these dynamic forms in place, and I invite viewers to reflect on what is fleeting, perhaps endangered, in these times. www.mokelman.com