This workshop investigates the democratic nature of quilting through its culture of open-source pattern sharing and group work. The inherently social practice lends itself to conversations about its multicultural history and current pattern migration among international groups of quilters. We will explore technical ways in which hand-stitching fabric can create a two-dimensional image or design. Methods include structural construction through fabric piecing and surface embellishment techniques of embroidery, appliqué, and topstitching. Work created will be sample-based, but necessary techniques to complete a quilt will be covered. All sewing levels are welcome, and collaboration among students will be possible.
CHRISTALENA HUGHMANICK is an artist and educator based in New York and Chicago. Recent exhibition sites include Faur Zsófi Gallery, Budapest; Carriage Trade, New York; and Andrew Rafacz and Document, Chicago. Her recent public engagement work Freedom Quilt Hungary was reviewed by Lori Waxman for the Quarantine Times and Hall W. Rockefeller for Less Than Half. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome, the SÍM Association of Icelandic Artists, the Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem, and Wedge Projects. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Hungary Student Grant, US Department of State Individual Assistance Grant, Grainger Marburg Travel Grant, and Lenore G. Tawney Foundation Scholarship. Hughmanick received an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.