Instructor: Warren Seelig
August 28 - September 1
Instruction: 9am - 12pm
Open Studio: 1pm - 4pm (Mon-Thurs)
Materials Fee: Pay Now
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Textile is a unique phenomenon in the world of contemporary art and craft making where surface is inherently a three dimensional, sculptural plane. This highly experimental course will consider the possibility of constructing surfaces through either known or invented processes using materials chosen by the student of every conceivable kind. Each participant will first develop unique “material sketches” through processes of accumulation and repetition which may involve wrapping, binding, connecting, attaching, twisting, knotting, piercing, layering and more. Students will be challenged to construct and build, particle by particle and often cell by cell, a visual field which is physical, tangible and sensational. All levels welcome.
Warren Seelig lives and works in Rockland, Maine. He holds the rank of distinguished visiting professor in the Fibers/Mixed Media program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he teaches, curates and writes on various subjects related to textile, fiber and material studies. He received a B.S. from the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Seelig has twice received individual fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and three fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work has been included in over 30 major museum exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Korea with many solo and group exhibitions in museums, universities, and private galleries. He has lectured extensively including programs at the Korean National University of the Arts, Banff Centre in Alberta, the Royal College of Art, London and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and has written extensively for various magazines and journals including American Craft, Fiber Arts, Surface Design Journal, Textilforum, and Nouvel Objet. His work is in the collections of museums, colleges and in private and corporate collections world wide. Warren is a regular visiting critic at Rhode Island School of Design and is a mentor in the graduate program at Maine College of Art. Warren is a recently elected Fellow of the American Crafts Council and a member of its board. A retrospective of his work opens this December titled “Textile Per Se” in the galleries of Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.