May 20, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Learn visible and invisible mending techniques from special guest, quilt artist Heidi Parkes .
Heidi Parkes introduces a contemporary approach to mending clothes, quilts, and more. Learn techniques that will maintain fit, drape, comfort, and the wearability of your clothes.
Parkes blends this traditional technique with new insights based on comfort, strength, and beauty. Believing that a mend should never apologize for itself, you will learn to make repairs with confidence!
This special workshop is sponsored by Walter E. Olson Memorial Library.
Students should come prepared with a garment that needs mending and the following materials:
-embroidery hoop 3-6″ wide depending on the mend
-perle cotton #8 or crochet cotton #10
-backing fabric such as an old t-shirt, cotton jersey, or woven fabric if there’s no stretch in the garment
-scissors, pins, and a ‘regular needle and thread’ (such as those found in a traditional mending kit)
-a thimble that fits your ring finger
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AGES: grade 6 through adult
For All experience levels!
Heidi Parkes is a fiber artist living in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her art explores location, memory, and the passage of time.
She is an artist in many mediums, specializing in quilts and fiber art. A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), her art explores domestic life, location, and the passage of time. While a student, Parkes spent seven years assisting ceramic artist Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi. After earning her BFAEE, Parkes taught art for nine years at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois. During this time she cultivated her passion for public speaking about art, traveled extensively in Europe, and earned her 500-hour certification in Yoga Therapy. Meditation, repetition, and improvisation are all integral qualities of her current art practice. Parkes has spoken about her art on the Have Company Podcast, Thought Mixing Bowl Podcast, The Riverwest Radio, and at Milwaukee’s Creative Mornings event. She has exhibited work at The John Michael Kohler Art Museum, The Charles Allis Art Museum, The Modern Quilt Guild’s Annual QuiltCon, The Jazz Gallery, The Timothy Cobb Fine Arts Gallery, Gallerie M, and more.