The symbolism linked to birds goes back to the ancient world, where birds were considered to be a supernatural connection between the gods and men. In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, birds can represent immortality. In East Indian and Christian mythologies birds represent the soul. Houses on the other hand are vessels for memory, the space were we store our hopes and dreams. This class will introduce you to the art of assemblage and the power of the found object. We will use found bird house structures to construct forms that have relevance and meaning in your own world.
You will learn the basics of assemblage techniques explore different adhesives and understand when to use them.
Please be sure to check your e-mail purchase receipt for file attachments containing your materials and supply list, and any handouts provided with this workshop DVD.
Lorraine Reynolds works in a multiple mediums ranging from fabric, collage and assemblage to video and installation. She recently relocated from New England to the Midwest with her husband, her two sons and her enormously affectionate German Shorthair Pointer. She currently resides in Dodgeville, WI. She is trained as a Technical Designer in the apparel industry and has a secret other life as a Costume Designer for theatre and films. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught assemblage and book arts at Artfest, Art-is-You, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts and Artist’s Medium. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio and Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazines.
“My work is about redemption. It’s about recycling, repurposing and reclaiming. I work with materials that most people would consider worthless or disposable. I purposely seek out the cast off, the unwanted, the lost and forgotten. I look for the ghosts of memory and trauma. My subjects are steeped in nostalgia and speak to the past. I am attracted to decaying and discarded landscapes as they speak to internal disposition of emotional trauma and loss. I examine where dreams, memory and trauma intersect through the apparatus of the camera and found objects. My work is about eliciting emotion and remembrance. It is about exploring the place in the mind between seeing and knowing is located.” Lorraine Reynolds