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

August 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

We are excited to announce 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 her workshops. Participants are encouraged to play, make, learn, and connect with fiber materials and techniques in new and exciting ways!

Methodical Weaving
Saturday, August 18
10am – 1pm
$75 + $15 materials fee

Introduction begins with ancient weaving and textiles, moving into 16th – 20th century textiles and how the Industrial Revolution impacted the advancement of looms and weaving, which in turn assisted technological growth in the U.S. The hands-on portion of the workshop will include all materials to create a small weaving. No previous weaving experience is necessary. Participants will create their own portable loom from recycled material. Techniques include learning how to warp the loom, how to open the shed, plain weaving, tapestry weaving, and how to add fringe. Various finishing materials will be available for creating a wall hanging, coaster, fabric patch, sculpture, or small part of a larger work in progress.

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

Modern Hand Quilting
Saturday, September 8
10am – 12pm
$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 18
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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