PA Day Workshop: Soft Sculpture with Amanda McCavour
This workshop offers a unique opportunity for children to work directly with an exhibiting artist. Don’t miss this chance to explore the vibrant world of textile art with Amanda McCavour! Amanda’s work is on display in the Art Gallery from September 30 to February 20, 2024.
We will imagine all kinds of animals, bugs and plants. Starting with drawings, we will develop characters and new kinds of creatures. These drawings will then be transformed into soft sculptures. Participants will make a pattern on cloth and will use stitch and drawing to create their own unique plush creatures.
Public: $60, Members: $51 (price includes all supplies)
Registration required, space is limited to 12 children. Registration closes November 21.
Ages 6 – 12
This is an all-day workshop and breaks will be provided. Please ensure your children have snacks and a lunch.
This program is drop-off, please fill out the corresponding questions during registration. Drop off between 9 – 10 a.m., pickup at 4 p.m.
Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. She is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.
McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations. By sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, she can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved, the thread drawing can hold together without a base. With only the thread remaining, these images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works raveled strength.
Through an exploration of line and its 2D and 3D implications, stitch is used in her artwork to explore various concepts such as connections to home, the fibers of the body and more formal considerations of thread’s accumulative presence. Amanda’s work explores embroidery’s duality - its subtle quality versus its accumulative presence and its structural possibilities versus its fragility. Through experimentation and creation within her studio, she continues to investigate line in the context of embroidery, drawing and installation.