Drawing into Cloth: Appliqué

Drawing: What is drawing when it comes to cloth? This can mean many things. Drawing is a way of documenting what we see, what we experience, or what we imagine. And fabric can be the perfect place to chronicle the most meaningful of life experiences. Fabric is fluid and can be cut, shaped and arranged. Lines can be made with stitches, fragments, threads or dye. Even the most ordinary of objects and experiences, when translated into cloth, make for brilliant and magical artworks and heirlooms.

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Appliqué is ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric in different shapes and patterns are sewn or applied onto a larger backing to form a picture or pattern. It is commonly used as decoration, especially on garments. The technique can be accomplished either by hand or machine.

The term originates from the Latin applicō[1] "I apply" and subsequently from the French appliquer[2] "attach".

Join artist Jordana Martin for any or all of our upcoming workshops, in an ongoing discussion about drawing. Develop or deepen your own drawing practice on site, and begin to translate your works onto cloth. This is a hands-on drawing and hand-sewing class, for the purpose of developing a cloth image or story. Great for beginners and established makers alike.

Date:  Class A: Thurs. Nov. 8, 7-10 pm
           Class B: Thurs. Nov. 15, 7-10 pm
Class C: Thurs. Dec. 6th, 7-10 pm
Location: TATTER Blue Library, 505 Carroll Street Suite 2B, Brooklyn NY 11215
Cost: $85
What to bring: All materials are provided in this course, however, bringing meaningful fragments of cloth or personal objects to draw is always encouraged.


Jordana Munk Martin MFA RISD 2001, is the founder of TATTER and its BLUE Library.
TATTER, is an organization dedicated to the examination and celebration of the essential role of cloth in human life. She is the former Board President of the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY, as well as the founder of its Artist in Residence program. She serves as a trustee of the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Most recently, Jordana published a book entitled Material Cultures, in conjunction with an exhibition she co-curated at Bric Arts Media in Brooklyn, NY.

Want to have a conversation about cloth? Contact her at Jordana@tatter.org.