Jan 14th 2023

Artist Amanda McCavour joins Chicago-based art publication Colossal for a virtual workshop on embroidered botanical sculptures. During a two-hour session, students will trace a botanical design from provided drawings and learn to translate their motif into a vibrant textile work with collaged threads. Students will work with water-soluble stabilizers and learn to hand-embroider texture, pattern, and line with running stitches, chain stitches, couching stitches, french knots, and seed stitches.

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10% of the proceeds for this workshop will benefit Plant Chicago.

McCavour is a Canadian artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. By sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, she builds up stitched lines on a temporary surface. 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.

McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and in May 2014 she completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions in Ottawa (ON), Virginia Beach (VA), and Vancouver (BC) and has completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto, and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. She has received numerous awards and scholarships from the Ontario Crafts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association, and The Embroiderers’ Guild of America.


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