The Memory Chair
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Monday to Friday, August 21 – August 25, 2023
10:00am – 4:00pm
Using polymer clay, cloth and various materials Kate will provide instruction and guidance for creating a mixed media assemblage. Students will learn the basics of how to work with polymer clay to create a figurative character.
Kate will provide materials and patterns for a figure that sits in a chair, remembering, but your project can be as individual as you wish to make it.
Join us for a week of creative growth and artistic expression. This class is open to all levels of experience.
Students should bring:
- A basic materials kit from the instructor will be provided for you including: polymer clay, patterns and pre-made underparts for your chair and figure, as well as various shared materials.
- Please bring an object or box to use as a “base” for your figure. This can be something you have or find once we have begun the character and see the scale of the pieces. The sample image is sitting on a wooden form from DeSerres.
- Pasta Machine (we have machines but please bring one if you have one)
- Pins, needle and thread any colour
- Hair stuff: feathers, roving, string, yarn, raffia (things you like)
- T-shirt size pieces of fabrics for clothing layers and details…stretch fabrics work best for the outer layers of the form.
- Odds and ends you like for detailing.
- Sculpting tools (my favourite set is “Style and Detail” tools by Sculpey. There will be sets available for use or purchase if you do not have them.
- Assortment of a few “extras” that you might share with others in the class. I find magically someone will always have brought just what someone else is looking for… don’t overdo, just as you sort and pack if something gets your attention or seems like an interesting thing to bring, pop it in your collection of bits and tricks. An example is paper bits for collage on the base or figure, metal findings for attachments, old antique bits of fabrics or ornaments for your assemblage
***If you are missing any of these things, let us know before you spend time and money, often we have lots between us.***
Kate Church refers to her work as “sculptural puppetry” combining the line and form of sculpture with the playful anima of puppetry.
The intention of the work is to carry a silent imprint or sense of emotion through the posture and expression of the figure evolving in front of her. Built using a process that is movable throughout its construction, a tangible sense of emerging comes naturally to the finished sculpture. In fact most of the figures can be altered and adjusted; movement is part of their design.
Details embroidered with movement and grace speaking of curiosity, delight, tenderness and humour … expressions of life. The pieces Kate Church builds somehow defy conventional interpretation. They are not dolls, nor are they formal sculptures.
In Kate’s words:
“Combining the line and form of sculpture with a moment in time has been my primary work for more than twenty five years. I work in multiple disciplines including life drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and painting. It has been a way to evolve and challenge my figurative work.”