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Workshop - SJSA Community Quilt Building By Maria Shell
2 Day Workshop - Monday, January 20th (10am-5pm) and Tuesday, January 21st (10am-3pm)
Social Justice Sewing Academy Community Quilt Building Workshop
Learn the basics of building a community quilt by working with Maria Shell in a hands-on intensive community quilt building workshop. This workshop starts with a lecture exploring methods and materials for creating community quilts. From there, the students will go on to work together to piece a community quilt based on quilt blocks created by students who have participated in a Social Justice Sewing Academy quilt block making event.
Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt making. She strives to take the classical components of a traditional bedquilt and manipulate them with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer.
Maria is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation 2011 Winter Award, a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award and two Rasmuson Fellowships (2009, 2013, 2017). In 2012, Maria was one of 44 artists from the Northwest invited to participate in the Bellevue Arts Museum’s Biennial High Fiber Diet. She was a featured artist for the 2013 Surface Design Association’s International Conference held in San Antonio, Texas. In the fall of 2014, Maria was an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina where she worked with formerly chronically homeless individuals to build a community quilt celebrating their new home. Her first book Improv Patchwork—Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape was published in 2017.