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Plush Dolls Workshop April 11, 2011

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Plush Doll workshop

We had a blast this past weekend during the Applied Arts workshop on Plush Dolls led by myself and Anna the Red.  Participants were able to choose between designing their own template or a doll created from a glove. After creating their designs for their dolls, everyone quickly got to work selecting various fabrics to create their pieces.

Plush Doll workshop

This workshop also gave people the opportunity to learn basic sewing skills to either hand sew or use a sewing machine. After the pieces were sewn together, poly-fil was used to stuff the doll parts, which were then stitched together. Lastly, designs and eyes and other features were added on using a glue gun as an adhesive.

Plush Doll workshop

Plush Doll workshop

Plush Doll workshop

Plush Doll workshop

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Chinese Calligraphy workshop April 4, 2011

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Chinese Calligraphy workshop

We hosted an Applied Arts workshop this past weekend on Chinese Calligraphy with artist Mike Mei. Mike creates his own unique calligraphic pieces and has won numerous awards and competitions both here and in China. Mike started out the workshop by giving everything a brief introduction to the history of Chinese Calligraphy, and how the styles and characters have evolved over time.  In the image above you can see a comparison of the same character written in five different styles. Next when we got into the studio with our brushes we were able to practice the various strokes to create these three characters: person, sky, and bird.  Mike gave several demonstrations of how to hold the brush as well as the various ways the brush could be held and controlled to get specific kinds of strokes. We all noticed the kind of meditative concentration needed to practice calligraphy, and got some great results in just a few hours!

Chinese Calligraphy workshop

Chinese Calligraphy workshop

Chinese Calligraphy workshop

Boston Phoenix March 29, 2011

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An image of John Udvardy’s sculpture “Bonampak” is featured on the arts listing page of the Boston Phoenix this week!

Installing “John Udvardy: A Sculptor’s Vision” March 28, 2011

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John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

We had a very busy day in the gallery this past weekend installing the sculpture exhibition “John Udvardy: A Sculptor’s Vision”. John arrived with his crew around 2:00pm, and we had indispensable help from Wellesley students Whitney Sheng, Alina Zalucki, Emma Smith, and Anne Tuan during the installation.

This installation was by far the most complex and ambitious undertaking that we’ve done since I started as gallery director three years ago: the exhibition features sixteen sculptures, each with their own pedestal.  All of the sculptures were wrapped and packaged in a specific way to be sure that everything arrived safely into the gallery, requiring special handling and care. Please join us for this extraordinary exhibition at the opening reception next Thursday, April 7 from 4:00-7:00pm!

John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

Video: “Trigger and Reconfigure” March 10, 2011

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Below are interviews from the recent “Trigger and Reconfigure” exhibition which featured artists Antoinette Winters, Abbie Read, Laura Evans, and Jessica Straus.  Click on the images to watch the videos!

Video with Jessica Straus and Antoinette Winters
Shot and edited by Paul Cabral from WCAC-TV

“Trigger and Reconfigure”, Jan. 22-Feb. 19, 2011

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Video with Abbie Read and Laura Evans
Shot and edited by Paul Cabral from WCAC-TV
“Trigger and Reconfigure”
, Jan. 22-Feb. 19, 2011

Applied Arts: Handmade purses and bags March 8, 2011

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Handmade Bags & Purses Workshop

This past weekend we hosted an Applied Arts workshop on handmade purses and bags led by fiber artist Antoinette Winters. We started the workshop by learning several simple applique techniques which allowed participants to create a design on the exterior of their bag.  The applique could be achieved by the zig zag stitch on the sewing machine, or using a technique called “stitch witchery” where one uses a very thin fabric that becomes an adhesive when it is ironed onto a sheet of fabric.

Handmade Bags & Purses Workshop

Next everyone spent some time on the sewing machine, experimenting and learning how to thread the machines and create a number of different kind of stitches.

Handmade Bags & Purses Workshop

Handmade Bags & Purses Workshop

Everyone spent time choosing both a liner and an exterior fabric for their bags, matching up colors and patterns that would look good together. Antoinette brought three simple bag patterns that everyone could select from.  From there, it was plenty of cutting, sewing, and concentration to assemble all of the parts of the bag and bring the structure all together. It’s remarkable what everyone was able to achieve in just five hours!

Handmade Bags & Purses Workshop Handmade Bags & Purses Workshop

Handmade Bags & Purses Workshop Handmade Bags & Purses Workshop

Handmade Bags & Purses Workshop Handmade Bags & Purses Workshop

“Imprinted” opening reception March 3, 2011

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On Tuesday this week we hosted the opening reception for the exhibition “Imprinted: New Photography at Wellesley College”.  The exhibition featured bodies of work by students in Professor Christine Rogers’ Fall 2010 Photo 208 opening. Students in the exhibition included Claire Lee, Eric Kolker, Elaine Greenberg, Mische Kang, Elli Blaine, Becka Marcucci, Christina Smith, Maise Hall, Kathy Zhang, MaCherie Edwards, Lena Mironciuc, Louise Dixon, Melissa Giger.

"Imprinted" opening reception

"Imprinted" opening reception

"Imprinted" opening reception

"Imprinted" opening reception

Applied Arts: Fabric Stenciling Workshop March 1, 2011

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This past weekend we hosted the Applied Arts workshop on Fabric Stenciling taught by fiber artist Antoinette Winters.  Antoinette has been teaching fiber arts at Concord Academy for over twenty years, and brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the workshop. She currently teaches a course there called “Pattern and Embellishment” which explores fabric stenciling in great depth. Concepts she introduced included pattern, positive and negative shapes, layering, and repetition among others.

Fabric Stenciling workshop

We started out the workshop by looking at the many pre-cut stencils that Antoinette brought with her to the workshop.  It was wonderful to see the many shapes and patterns that could be layered in a number of different positions to create a repeating pattern.

Fabric Stenciling workshop

Many people elected to design and cut their own stencils out of pieces of plastic with an exacto knife. Next, Antoinette demonstrated how to mix the textile paints to dye the pieces of cloth and also for the stencil. Most of the textile paints were transparent, which provided terrific opportunities to layer the patterns on the cloth.

Fabric Stenciling workshop

Antoinette uses a sponge brush to dye the cloth a color before beginning the stenciling process. From there, we worked to stencil patterns across the pieces of cloth. The results were fabulous!

Fabric Stenciling workshop

Fabric Stenciling workshop

Fabric Stenciling workshop

Fabric Stenciling workshop

Recent Press articles February 17, 2011

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We’ve been getting great coverage on both the gallery and the Applied Arts program in the Wellesley College News, and our current exhibition “Trigger and Reconfigure” was also featured in an article in the Boston Globe West.  Follow the links below to read the articles.

“Applied Arts Series Covers the Full Spectrum
The Wellesley News, February 16, 2011

Ceramic Mosaic Workshop

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“Trigger and Reconfigure” Challenges Traditional Views of Art
The Wellesley News, February 2, 2011

Jessica Straus

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“Artists Display Shared Affinity for Discarded Objects”
Boston Globe, Jan. 27, 2011

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Videos from “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” February 11, 2011

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Below are interviews with students Ali Crank, Eliza Tibbits, and Jacob West based on their work in the exhibition “Deconstruct/Reconstruct”.  The exhibition featured a series of work done in the ARTS314 Advanced Drawing course with Clara Lieu in fall 2010.