Life Rings Workshop - July 17 & 18 - 5:30 to 8:30pm
Life Rings Workshop
Presenter - Georgia Rowswell
Project Statement: The Life Rings project is narrative rich art work whose circular design is inspired by the concentric growth or, life rings of trees. The artwork’s narrative comes from the stories connected to and told through the textiles workshop participants bring.
Project concept: We all assign meaning to the objects in our life. They become springboards for big and small stories from our lives. Textiles are no exception. For example, the T-shirt you got on that great trip to Hawaii, clothes from loved ones who have passed on, the colors of your favorite sports team, your dad's old ties, etc. Students that don't have meaning rich textiles can still tell a particular story using textiles they source.
Project participants will be asked to bring in textiles; old clothing, linens, etc. If desired, these articles will be documented photographically. The textiles will then be cut into strips and glued onto a foam base using concentric circles.
Workshop participants will also be asked to write down the stories being told through their textiles.
Inspriation: The science of Dendrochronology tracks a tree’s life and development through its growth rings. These rings tells us not only how old the tree is but also about it life. Drought, plenty, fire and insect are all written in the rings. As human’s our lives are also layers of experience. Years of plenty and years of hardship. The circular design of the artwork and its use of personally significant material will serve to tell a portion of each participant’s life story.
Pre-workshop: Life Rings project is made public and workshop spots are allotted. Students will be emailed information on the focus of the class, what kind of textiles to bring and any supplies needed.
Workshop: Introduction of the project’s 3 components- documentation, writing and ring making. Access to a projector for a power point is good to have.
Documentation: Participant will lay out their textiles to be photographed. If time is limited and a particular student doesn't care if their textiles are documented than this step can be optional for them.
Writing: While taking turns photographing their textiles, students will begin writing their Life Ring story. This reflection time provides a framework for their thoughts and generates ideas for how they will express the story visually.
Project list of materials and tools (provided by students)
· Fabric scissors
· Personal textiles
· Rotary cutter, ruler and mat if they have these. Some sets will be brought by the instructor.