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Teen Open Studio: Weaving an Identity

SAT, AUG 18
12-4PM

FREE admission, no registration needed

New Waves artist Stuart Shepard leads this workshop exploring how our identities can be translated through a simple process with infinite ability to be reinterpreted. Learn techniques on basic cardboard or wood frame looms. Materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring experimental material to weave with. Basic techniques for first-time weavers and more complicated techniques for those familiar with the process will be covered. This workshop is open to LGBTQ teens and their allies.

Teen Studio is a FREE drop-in workshop, stay for 5 minutes or the whole afternoon. No need to pre-register. Materials are provided, though feel free to bring in your go to sketchbook and any collage materials, drawings, ideas, etc

About the artist: Stuart Shepard, born 1996 in Richmond, Virginia, is currently pursuing a dual degree in Craft/Material Studies and Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. Their work grapples with notions of materiality, gender, queerness, power, and history through weaving and other related fiber processes. Shepard has been weaving for almost two years and is particularly interested in the queering of objects, processes, and craft. Weaving is highlighted in much of their work as they ask the question: Is it possible to queer an inherently binary structure such as weaving? In addition to Virginia Commonwealth University, Shepard has studied at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Penland School of Craft, and Peters Valley School of Craft. Their work has appeared in the 2016 show, Spotlight on Student Fiber Trends at the University of Kentucky and won Best in Show at the 2017 VCU Undergraduate Juried Show.

Image Courtesy of Artist, Stuart Shepard