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Paper, Thread, Story


  • Writers Ink Studio at Liberty Station 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16 San Diego, CA, 92106 United States (map)

Instructor: Bhavna Mehta
Length of workshop: 2 days
Skill Level: All levels.

Other prerequisites: Some experience with cutting paper with X-acto knife and sewing by hand would be very useful.

Member-Early Enrollment: $184
Member Fee: $230
Non-Member: $305

Materials fee: $15

EEP Deadline: May 18, 2019

In this class, students will learn the basics of combining cut paper and embroidery to make marks and shapes, add color and texture - to design a narrative. Cutting paper is like drawing and adding embroidery with thread can be like painting. We will do several exercises to learn simple stitches on paper and then do a collaborative project where the collective story will be made of several smaller and personal stories. Some experience with cutting paper with X-acto knife and sewing by hand would be very useful.

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Workshop held in partnership with San Diego Writers Ink

Bhavna Mehta works with paper – cutting and embroidering it to tell stories that combine figurative imagery with botanical motifs, text and shadows. Using paper as skin and thread to connect and mend, using cutting and sewing to talk about exposing and hiding, she makes work about relating and remembering.

Mehta has exhibited widely in San Diego and Southern California. She is the recipient of the Artists Activating Communities grant from the California Arts Council (2017) and the Creative Catalyst grant from The San Diego Foundation (2015). She has won multiple awards in juried shows and she was one of the San Diego Art Prize emerging artist winners.

She collaborates with artists making public art, using paper as a design medium. She has engineering degrees from both India and US and worked as a software engineer for many years before turning to art.

Mehta teaches paper cutting and sculpture at UCSD Extension, Penland School of Craft, San Diego Book Arts and in varied avenues around San Diego County.