1 week course || FIBER 620 001 || 1 credit hour || Lab Fee: $50
This course explores traditional and nontraditional means of altering and enriching the surface of pliable material using techniques such as embroidery, embellishment, hand and machine stitching, and in combination with paint, adhesives, applique, and collage. Emphasis is on the surface treatment and its relationship to structure while using both conventional and non-conventional materials. Students are encouraged to pursue conceptual concerns; individual and group critiques are integral to the course.
Melissa Leandro (b. 1989, USA) works between the media of drawing, painting, and textiles. She was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship (2017), the EAGER Grant for research and collaboration (2016, Shapiro Center), both for her studio work at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She was awarded the Luminarts Fellowship (2017) from the Union League of Chicago. Leandro was a BOLT resident at the Chicago Artist Coalition, and was named one of Chicago's Break Out Artists of the year for 2018. Her work is featured in LUXE, Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine (June 2018).Leandro has attended ACRE Residency, Wisconsin, Roger Brown House Residency, Michigan, The Weaving Mill, Chicago and TextielLab, The Netherlands and the Jacquard Center, North Carolina. She holds a BFA and MFA from SAIC and is currently teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as Lecturer.