Where we live, visit, and create can be a great source of inspiration. In this workshop we will view our surroundings with visitor’s eyes and make note of the details that appeal to us and draw us in. We will translate those details, from mundane to exceptional, (a window, archway, flower, fruit, bottle, hat, etc.) into simple repeatable images using stencils, block prints, and image transfers. You will learn surface design techniques including printing, stitching, mending, embroidery, collage, and dyeing and painting with local earth pigments, etc. Our richly layered papers and fabric will be made into books, scrolls, wall pieces, vessels, bags, and objects. Jody will teach students a number of bookmaking and paper structure techniques as well as how to construct items out of fabric including books, bags, pockets, vessels and other objects. By the end of the workshop each of us will have a different but cohesive collection of richly layered items communicating a sense of place that will be arranged into personal installations.
Field trips will serve as source material and inspiration gathering expeditions as well as personal enrichment. Trips will include visits to Florence and Rome.
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Jody Alexander is a book, fiber, and installation artist who divides her time between Penn Valley and Santa Cruz, California. She combines textiles and found objects to create wall pieces, books, sculptural objects and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair, mending techniques, reuse, and imagery found in her surroundings and travels.
She has taught workshops throughout the United States as well as in France, and has given talks and co-curated an exhibit in Japan. Jody has exhibited her artwork throughout the U.S., and internationally including Japan, Italy, Great Britain, Turkey, and Belarus.
Jody was an artist in resident at the Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility in 2019, and was the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.
Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artist, 500 Handmade Books, and 1000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art. She has pieces in numerous collections including Kaiser Permanente, Museum of Modern Art Library, the collection of Mary K. Austin, University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of California, Los Angeles.