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Cloth, Collage, and Collecting: Making Books With Paper and Fabric

October 16 - 21, 2022

Lesley Patterson-Marx  ·  lesleypattersonmarx.com

Workshop at a glance

Learn several different book structures that use hand and machine sewn fabric, paper, collage, and your personal collections in delightful and unexpected ways.


  • Machine sewing paper and fabric
  • Bookbinding
  • Embroidery and hand sewing


  • Paper, fabric, and thread
  • Found objects
  • Sewing notions


  • Creating four different book structures
  • Techniques for sewing on paper and fabric
  • Combining materials in inventive ways

Artist Bio

Lesley Patterson-Marx is a full-time studio artist and instructor based in Nashville, Tennessee. She works in the mediums of books arts, marbling, printmaking, and works on fabric and received her BA in fine art from Murray State University and her MFA from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Patterson-Marx has exhibited her work in galleries, art centers, colleges, and universities throughout the United States, as well as in Great Britain and The Netherlands.
Arrowmont Connections

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Workshop Description

In this workshop students learn to combine hand stitching and machine sewing with paper collage and traditional book binding techniques. You will use varied materials including fabric, collage, and items from your personal collections. Participants will explore printing photographic imagery with pretreated cyanotype fabric, creating pages with pockets, zippers, and buttons, incorporating found objects, and trying their hand at relief printing on cloth, paper, and embroidery. Projects will include a Chinese Thread Book with hidden compartments, a blank sketchbook with cloth covers and an embellished spine, a Long Stitch book with fabric pages, and an accordion book with unlimited potential for fun experiments with paper and cloth. Experience with a sewing machine would be helpful but is not required. Open to all skill levels.


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