Workshops for Fabric Artists Scheduled for Nov. 15-16

Nov. 4, 1996

WACO, Texas - A series of workshops for fabric artists and designers is scheduled for Nov. 15-16 coinciding with an exhibition of machine embroidered and surface manipulated artworks by three artists in the University Gallery at Baylor University's Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. The exhibition will be open from Nov. 5-Dec. 6.

The artists in the exhibition will be Barbara Lee Smith, Carol Shinn and Susan Wilchins, and they will be joined in the workshops by Eileen Goldschmidt to provide instruction on how to use either hand and machine embroidery and/or knitting, appliqué and fabric manipulation to create rich surfaces based on individual interpretation.

The workshops will take place in the Lewis Art Building of Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center for a fee of $99. The fee covers the cost of the two-day workshops, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, morning and afternoon beverage and snacks and box lunches for Friday and Saturday.

In addition, participants may attend a lecture, which is free and open to the public, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Room 149 of the Lewis Art Building. The lecture on machine embroidery will be given by Smith.

Smith is a studio artist, itinerant teacher and lecturer. She is the author of Celebrating the Stitch: Contemporary Embroidery in North America and curator of a major exhibition that traveled internationally for three years. She is curator of the "U.S. and Us" exhibit which will travel extensively in New Zealand. She will teach a workshop on machine embroidery.

Shinn will teach a workshop on color, design and machine embroidery. She started weaving in 1972 and continued to weave through 1988 when she completed her master's degree in fine arts from Arizona State University. During graduate school she became interested in other fiber techniques and developed a style of machine embroidery that allowed a greater degree of detail and accuracy in imagery than she was achieving with her tapestry weaving.


Wilchins will teach a workshop on designing and manipulating surfaces. She teaches in the School of Design at North Carolina State University, where she is professor of design and coordinates the program in Fibers and Surface Design. Her work has been published in Celebrating the Stitch and The Surface Designer's Art and in leading craft and textile magazines.

Goldschmidt will teach a workshop on knitted and embroidered aspects of textiles. She has designed and manufactured jewelry and fashion accessories for a number of London and national store groups.

For more information or to register for the workshops, contact Dr. Mary Ruth Smith, assistant professor in Baylor's Department of Art, at (817) 755-1867.

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