Paper, Thread, Movement with Bhavna Mehta
August 7 - August 11| $350 – $1200
Paper, Thread, Movement – Bhavna Mehta
Dates: August 7 – 11, 2023
Tuition: Sliding Scale, $350-$1200
Lab fee: $90
Class limit: 8
This workshop combines handmade paper and cotton thread in a unique process. Inspired by rhythm and abstraction, we will use various mark-making and pattern-making techniques to prepare textures and images with colored cotton thread on Solvy. Laying this embroidery on freshly couched cotton and abaca paper, we will fuse the materials to make the fibers bond and the images float. Dried paper sheets might be cut, folded, and further embroidered to create objects with volume and narrative. No paper-making or embroidery experience necessary. Participants will learn the various steps of using pulp to make paper, and simple stitching to make images that come alive with repetition and movement. Through play and collaboration each participant will have the opportunity to develop their ideas and work.
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Bhavna Mehta works with paper – cutting and embroidering it to tell stories that combine figurative imagery with botanical motifs, text and shadows. Using paper as skin and thread to connect and mend, using cutting and sewing to talk about exposing and hiding, she makes work about relating and remembering.
Mehta has exhibited widely in San Diego and Southern California. She is the recipient of the Artists Activating Communities grant from the California Arts Council (2017) and the Creative Catalyst grant from The San Diego Foundation (2015). She has won multiple awards in juried shows and she was one of the San Diego Art Prize emerging artist winners. She collaborates with artists making public art, using paper as a design medium. Mehta teaches paper cutting and sculpture as UCSD Extension, Penland School of Craft, San Diego Book Arts, and in varied avenues around San Diego County.