Loading Events

« All Events

Textile Artist Aneesa Shami Joins Helms for an Open Studio + Workshop Series

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

We are excited to welcome our artist-in-residence this summer, Aneesa Shami, who will camp out inside the Helms Design Center to continue her work on pieces from her “Syndication” series, as well as offer a suite of three workshops as part of the Helms fine art series, remnant & artifacts.

These workshops will highlight weaving, knitting, and quilting as three major facets of textile and fiber techniques. Each session will dive into a brief, introductory history of each technique followed by hands-on instruction and experimentation.

Visit Aneesa during her open studio hours or join us for one of the remaining two workshops. Participants are encouraged to play, make, learn, and connect with fiber materials and techniques in new and exciting ways!

Knitting As Protest
Saturday, August 25
10am – 1pm
$75 + $15 materials fee

Introduction will begin with a brief history of knitting and its relation to weaving’s history, with focus on how knitting has evolved in modern and contemporary society. I will briefly cover knitting as craftivism, specifically knitting’s historical presence in U.S. protests and the more recent Pussyhat project. The hands-on workshop will include needles and yarn for participants to create a classic garter-stitch scarf. No previous knitting experience is necessary. Techniques covered will include long-tail cast on, knit stitch, how to hold your yarn, and how to bind off and finish your ends. Feel free to bring your own yarn, paper, fabric, or anything else that has large quantities of yardage.

Workshop Schedule
Modern Hand Quilting
Saturday, September 8
10am – 1pm
$75 + $15 materials fee

About remnants & artifacts
A well-lived life is often driven by a search to find meaning and purpose within a world that frequently appears irrational and chaotic.  We use our collected experiences — encounters with people, places, objects, literature, music and art — to develop a personal paradigm, an internal language that helps us make sense of our significance and define our reason for being.

Please join us for an ongoing art series that examines the idea of ‘remnants and artifacts’, the small remainders, residues, and unexpected revelations of the artist’s collected experiences as discovered within their body of work and provide us with a possible avenue for a deeper appreciation of the worldview that underlies their creative hopes, dreams, and fears.


August 25
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:
Event Tags:
, , , ,


Helms Design Center
8745 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
+ Google Map