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Inspired by the Past: Archives and New Artwork

October 8 - 13, 2023

Leslie Smith  ·  leslie-a-smith.com

Katie Wigglesworth  ·  katiewigglesworth.com

Workshop at a glance

An exploration of research-based art making using printmaking, embroidery, and weaving techniques.


  • Exercises in responding creatively to artifacts
  • Trace monotype
  • Pochoir, embroidery, and paper weaving


  • The Arrowmont archives
  • Asian paper
  • Intaglio and walnut inks
  • Graphite powder
  • Different yarns and weaving materials


  • Creating a small body of research based artwork
  • Knowledge of low-tech printing
  • Introductory weaving and embroidery techniques

Artist Bio

Leslie Smith makes drawings, prints, and books based on her interest in mind, body, and how we think about the self. She holds an MFA in book arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, an MLS in Library Science, and an MA in Spanish and Latin American literature. She is currently artist in residence at Radford University in Virginia.

Katie Wigglesworth is a textile and installation artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. She holds a BFA from Biola University where she studied Sculpture/Installation and Photography. Her studio practice includes both of these mediums, although photography is supplementary and informal—serving more as a casual means to inform and inspire her tactile, 3D work and to sharpen awareness of the world. Wigglesworth has been active in the contemporary art field in Los Angeles for the past 10 years showing in solo, juried, and group exhibitions and teaching in various capacities.

  • Leslie Smith
  • Katie Wigglesworth
  • Leslie Smith and Katie Wigglesworth
  • Leslie Smith and Katie Wigglesworth
  • Leslie Smith and Katie Wigglesworth

Workshop Description

During this workshop tudents will spend time in the Arrowmont archive looking at artifacts and will then engage in exercises to creatively respond to the materials there. You will use these seeds of inspiration to create a series of research based pieces as the class explores techniques such as low- tech printmaking, weaving, and embroidery. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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