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Materials as Metaphor

October 6 - 11, 2024

Thea Clark  ·  website

Workshop Overview

What histories and stories do materials hold? This question can inform and expand your creative process by leading to new material choices and the skills needed to incorporate them into wearable objects or small assemblages. In this workshop, students will make cyanotypes to capture images, text, or objects on fiber or paper, then learn how to tone the final color. Students will learn a variety of jewelry and mixed media methods including cold connections, various adhesives, setting and stitching to incorporate your images with natural, found, and metal elements. Students may bring their own collections of images and ephemera to use and share if they chose, and can also use the teacher’s varied found objects, fabric and images, and draw on nature and findings from the surrounding area. Instructor feedback and discussion, journalling, and research will help students uncover material associations and synthesize these discoveries into either a wearable object or a few mixed media wall pieces with layers of meaning.


  • Cold connections such as rivets tabs, pegs cyanotype
  • Use of hydraulic press
  • Creating custom silhouette dies
  • Adhesive use for fiber, metal and paper
  • Cyanotype on fiber or paper
  • Soldering
  • Sawing


  • Sheet and wire metals (silver, brass, copper)
  • Paper and silk coated and prepared for cyanotypes
  • Natural cyanotype toners
  • Upcycled objects


  • A wearable jewelry piece or a few small wall assemblages



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Thea Clark is an artist, and teacher based in Greensboro, NC. Solo exhibits of jewelry or sculpture and installation include the Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ), and New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco, CA). Two person exhibits include ones at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. And their work has been in national and international group exhibits at the Museum of Art and Design, NYC, Newark Museum, Rutgers University, Arnhem Museum, NL, among numerous others. Clark has been a resident at Grow (NC), and Vermont Studio Center. Clark is a NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship recipient. She has taught at Sawtooth School of Arts (NC), Peters Valley (NJ), NJ Center for Visual Arts, visiting artist at Boise State University, and Kean University. Clark’s jewelry has been featured in over eight national and international publications, and her work is held in private collections in Japan, Canada, and the US.

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

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

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