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Experimental Sewing and Soft-Sculpture

June 19 - 24, 2022

Max Adrian  ·  maxadrian.com

Workshop at a glance

Explore strategies of applying hand and machine sewing techniques to sculptural forms such as inflatables and armatures using a variety of alternative materials.


  • Hand and machine sewing techniques
  • Soft-sculptural techniques


  • Sewing machines, needles, and thread
  • Variety of fabrics
  • Found and second-hand sewing materials
  • Nylon ripstop for inflatables


  • Experimentation with applying a variety of sewing techniques to sculptural forms
  • Conversations about sustainability and alternative material sourcing
  • Resource for other artists whose work involves sewing and textiles

Artist Bio

Max Adrian is an artist based in Columbus, Ohio and holds a BFA in fiber and creative writing from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in fibers and material studies from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Adrian’s recent exhibition history includes “Who We Were, Who We Are, Who We Will Be” at the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, and his solo show “Soft Bondage” at the Iridian Gallery in Richmond, Virginia and he has participated in residencies including Lighthouse Works, Millay Arts, and Arrowmont.
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Workshop Description

During this workshop students will learn a variety of hand and machine sewing techniques such as smocking, appliqué, and piecework. You will explore methods of applying these techniques to sculptural forms including inflatables as one strategy of soft sculpture, as well as other strategies like internal structures, stuffing, and basic pattern drafting. Participants should bring to the workshop a variety of found, secondhand, and alternative materials to be compiled in a communal material library. Class discussions may include alternative material sourcing, textile waste and sustainability, sloppy craft, queer craft, and how contemporary artists are working in soft sculpture. Students may create several samples or one-to-two projects that involve our explorations. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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