Creating an Assemblage – Alice Vander Vennen
Alice Vander Vennen has been a professional textile artist for over 30 years. Her work is exhibited in private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. Her work is carried by numerous galleries, she has had solo exhibits and has participated in juried exhibits in Toronto, Chicago and New York. Alice is a professional educator who brings her passion for art and learning together in workshops that explore the intriguing process of juxtaposing textiles, natural and found objects into sculpted pieces of art.
Our Guild was fortunate to have Alice lead us through a “Creating An Assemblage” workshop on April 26 and 27, 2014 which was held at the Community Room at the Superstore in Peterborough. Instruction included, but was not limited to, the necessary steps to create a composition with stitched work, the techniques used to incorporate natural materials and finishing, mounting and framing the art work. We were asked to bring remnants of any small pieces of embroidered material that could be cut and repositioned into an art piece; small stones, small twigs or leaves or any natural material; sewing materials such as threads, yarn, needles and scissors and any pieces of textiles or fabrics that we might want to use. Alice brought many materials with her and generously shared them with us.
The workshop took some of us out of our comfort zone, which is a good thing once in a while. Many wonderful art pieces were created as can seen by the pictures below. More information about Alice Vander Vennen can be found at: Alice Vander Vennen