Embroidery On and Off the Page: Online Workshop with Iviva Olenick

Join artist Iviva Olenick for an embroidery workshop where students will learn how to stitch on both fabric and paper.

In this two-hour workshop, the instructor will teach students beginner and intermediate embroidery stitches that can be done on fabric or paper. We will also discuss strategies for stitching on paper versus fabric. Finally, we will explore the creative embroidery applications for book arts: stitching to create text and images, or piercing or poking holes to make an image or text without using thread. The instructor will also offer advice for transferring drawings and/or text onto fabric or paper from a digital or printed source.

Required materials:

– needles, size 18-22 chenille needles are easy to thread

– plain, woven fabric

– paper strong enough to withstand being poked by a needle

– embroidery or sewing thread

– pencil

– embroidery hoop (optional)

– erasable and heat erasable pens (optional), which can be used for writing on paper and fabric

Dental threaders to help thread needles (optional)

About the Instructor:

Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-born and based artist intersecting textiles, text, performance and community education. She has exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Design Atlanta; Wyckoff House Museum and Old Stone House, Brooklyn; Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, NJ; South Bend Museum of Art, IN, among others. Iviva is an educator for the New Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and is a faculty member of SVA’s MFA Art Practice program. She holds a BA in French Language and Literature/Psychology and an AAS in Textile/Surface Design.

Images of artwork courtesy of Iviva Olenick. Portrait courtesy of Michael Piña.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.