Quilting: Susie Brandt
June 26 – July 2
Needle+Thread+Fabric = Quilt – Given these simplest of tools and materials, participants will explore hand stitched quilt construction in a communal workshop space. The merging of bits of cloth through stitching has a broad range of expressive and conceptual potential within cross-cultural, historical and contemporary contexts. Through an exploration of fabrics and stitching techniques, related readings, presentations, and conversations students will develop a series of samples and an archive of inspiration to further the development of personal and/or collaborative work. Basic cutting, piecing, applique, reverse applique, paper piecing, pojagi, embroidery and quilting will be demonstrated. In this course, we aim to reimagine the quilt for our present-day context.
Baltimore artist Susie Brandt’s textile-based work rummages through matters of utility, consumption, abundance, time, and devotion. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent commissions can be seen at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Albany International Airport in Albany, NY. Brandt has also curated and juried numerous exhibitions and she teaches in the Fiber Department at Maryland Institute College of Art. During the pandemic, she organized and led a “pandemic quilt group” of MICA students, alumni, staff, faculty, and interested stitchers throughout the U. S. to complete a dozen quilts to raffle for scholarships. She holds a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.