Funded By Arts Ottawa East Art Place Grant 2015, I collaborated with textile artist Christine Mocket teaching mixed media sculpture building atAmethyst centre for Women and Addiction Centre in Ottawa. We led a group of clients in building 20” high fibre sculptures out of wood, concrete, clothing and embellishments. We proposed a figure sculpture as a starting point, with a central wood dowel support set in concrete, and clothing layers wound around it to make a solid fibre figure. The participants quickly adapted their sculptures in their own direction and with their own materials. Sculptures were painted, stitched, embellished with fabric and wire. Christine and I enabled the participants to build what they imagined for their sculpture and encouraged creative exploration with material and surface design. The 2 hour workshop took place for 5 weeks at the Amethyst centre.
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