EncaustiCastle: Permission to Play and Cloth Connections with Jennifer Coyne Qudeen and Lorie McCown
October 4 @ 9:30 am - October 10 @ 4:00 pm$700 - $1200
Come explore the possibilities in mixed media art and textiles, with interior exploration and memory/story sharing in this indulgent week in all things connection and exploration. Freedom to explore outside of ones accustomed medium and comfort zone is what opens one up further to the full creative potential within. This retreat is just that: a rich opportunity to open oneself up to the more within and reveal ways to express this in new ways incorporating painting, collage, wrapping, sewing, and tying of fabric and fibers.
Permission to Play – Jennifer Coyne Qudeen
experimental mark making in stitch, paint and pencil
Play and experimentation are vital ingredients in a successful studio practice. So is asking and answering the question, “What if…?”
In Permission to Play, we will engage in focused, thoughtfull play and experimentation with a variety of mark making techniques that will aide each student in discovering their own unique mark. We will participate in mark making exercises on paper and cloth designed to allow and encourage students to recognize and intuitively follow inspiration as it occurs. It will be a time to try new techniques and materials, get messy, make mistakes, repeat or move on without fear.
Bring your sense of adventure and those materials and/or techniques that you’ve been yearning to try. The sole rule of the class is that if you even think what if…?, you mist follow through and fine the answer.
Jennifer gained an appreciation for fiber arts as a child watching her mother and grandmother hand quilt and crochet. She tried her hand at various techniques before pursuing a degree in Business Management at Berea College.
After returning home from college, a life long fascination for baskets led Jennifer to study with a local basket weaver to learn the fundamentals of weaving with reeds and other natural materials. Jennifer’s work evolved from traditional, functional baskets into vibrant abstract wall pieces that were studies in color, movement and texture. She became a juried member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA in 2002 and participated in many nationally recognized art shows including the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Continually experimenting and pushing her artistic boundaries by asking what if, she now combines her passions for tea, mark making, direct rust printing, stitching, photography and storytelling to create artist books and wall pieces with a wabi sabi aesthetic.
Her work has been included in The Mixed Media Artist by Seth Apter, Fabric Printing at Home by Julie B. Booth and NAtural Processes in Textile Art by Alice Fox. In 2005, Cloth Paper Scissors invited Jennifer to write a column entitled Make Your Mark.
personal expression with found & forgotten materials
Breaking rules and inviting new creative thought is our beginning for this workshop. We will delve into our intimate and personal historic and use mixed media work to tell our tales while cultivating insight into the nature of our own creative process, and our relationship to the ideas of belonging, celebration and mending. Helped along with some basic art and sewing techniques, we will use the unusual, or discarded alongside ordinary materials; unique and ordinary tools, combining to make expressive, intuitive and extremely personal pieces of art. It’s all about our willingness to open up our creative selves, our personal stories and the artist within us, for the sake of true creative freedom and a personal sense of authentic art making. This process is about depicting a piece of the story of our life, about using humble and mundane materials to convey this, and using these techniques to tell our stories. everyone’s tale is different.
Lorie McCown is an American artist holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, from California State University, Long Beach, CA. and attended San Diego State University’s Graduate Art program. She was formally trained in drawing, painting, and art history. She has made art all her life, mainly in the fields of drawing, painting, paper, textile and fiber, and infuses her work with spiritual and biblical meanings. Her pieces are in private collections and public galleries nationally and internationally. Her work has been juried into local, national and international shows, including Quilt National, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and Mid-Atlantic New Painting. Lorie’s art work has been featured in Art Quilting Studio Magazine, Quilting Arts Magazine, Surface Design Magazine, Fiber Art Now Magazine and Artist’s Portfolio Magazine.
One person is attending EncaustiCastle: Permission to Play and Cloth Connections with Jennifer Coyne Qudeen and Lorie McCown