Patricia Ramsay, Instructor
Dates: July 19th – 21st, 2019 (9am-4pm)
Materials Fee: $30
My work explores the push and pull of spatial, gestural and relational states of being. I choose pliant materials such as metal, wax, felt and textile, to create sculptural installations or to capture materials in wax on wood panels. While doing research in Japan, I was enamored with the evocative simplicity of Japanese textile design of the late Shōwa Era (1926-1989). These textiles have influenced my wall works and installations, particularly with respect to the limited depth of field and treatment of space I found in Japanese dyed and stenciled silks. Themes that circulate in my works are metaphors to my daily life and the microcosmic theater of the body: symbiosis, entanglement, flexibility and gratitude.
Using flexible materials, we will explore how line, pattern, space, light and shadow work together in a sculptural lighted form. We will use reed, wire, washi kozo (Japanese mulberry paper), as well as found objects and natural wood and fibers we gather, as our materials. Your sculpture will take shape as either a hanging or table lamp. All skill levels welcome and encouraged.
Trish Ramsay is an Instructor of Art Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. She received her MFA in Metals from Syracuse University and BFA from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Her work resides in the following collections: Darden Corporation in Orlando, FL, Albemarle Chemical Corporation in Charlotte, NC, and the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. She has been published in American Craft Magazine and in “500 Felt Objects” from Lark Books. A solo exhibition of her textile sculptures was featured at the 2015 Surface Design Conference in San Antonio, TX. Ramsay’s artistic research has led her to work in Kiryu, Japan and in Fiskars, Finland. She lives in Huntsville, TX, with her husband Edward, who works in experimental animation, video and sound, and their daughter, who is also an artist.