Friday, April 4, 2008

Find your weaving way home

Express Staff Writer

Stefanie Dash Marvel’s woven panels “Lost in the Tall Grass”; Sunday, 2008 are a part of the current exhibition at the Sun Valley Center. Photo by David N. Seelig

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ current exhibition, Seditious Stitch, will come to a close next week. But not before a weekend full of related events and workshops are offered.
From 5-8 p.m. tonight, April 4, textile artist Becka Rahn will host a class for teens on shibori, a traditional form of Japanese tie dye, and kumihimo, the art of making an eight-stranded braid used to accessorize a kimono or decorate a samurai sword.
Education director at the Textile Center of Minnesota, Rahn creates puppets, whimsical embroidered pieces, embroidered and beaded jewelry, coasters and decorative pieces like art quilts.

“I learned shibori at the textile center,” Rahn said. “I teach a lot of classes for kids and teens and have found that they are really interested in anything Japanese, so I have been studying a lot of Japanese arts and crafts and finding ways to bring them to our kids programs. My first love is teaching, especially to beginners. It is a huge thrill for me to introduce someone to something new and watch where they take it.”
Weaving will be the focus of a free Family Day at The Center for the Arts in Ketchum, from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 6.
For inspiration, take a gander at contemporary fiber and textile art in the gallery by Sheila Hicks, Hildur Bjarnsadóttir, Stephen Sollins and Stefanie Dash Marvel.
The weavings, installations and drawings of Hailey artist Marvel, whose career in textiles has spanned 30 years, have been exhibited across the country and are included in collections from Sun Valley to Paris.
Family Days are free drop-in activities inspired by current gallery exhibitions for parents and their children.
For more information about Family Day or other Sun Valley Center for the Arts programs and classes, visit or call 726-9491.

Stuck on decoupage

These “Middle Earth” pincushions are an example of the many fun and creative items Cassi Griffin makes for her business, Bella Dia. Griffin will lead a one-night workshop on making decoupage magnets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum.
To sign up, call 726.9491 ext. 10. The class is $20 for members, $25 for non-members.

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