This is a 1.5-hour workshop where Shannon will introduce folks to the tools and techniques of embroidery. Participants will leave with a work in progress and all the skills needed to create a beautiful piece of embroidery.
Materials: embroidery hoop, embroidery floss, 24-gauge tapestry needle, quilters cotton square, scissors, water soluble marking pen (we will have extras on hand if you need them!)
About the artist:
Shannon Downey aka Badass Cross Stitch is an artist, activist, craftivist, community builder, and general instigator. She blends her politics, activism, and art into projects that are designed to inspire others to take action, think, discuss, engage with democracy and their community, and find some digital/analog balance. She uses art as a vehicle for positive change through creative interventions whether that be through open-source street art campaigns or global craftivism projects.
She is the instigator behind #RitasQuilt, #MakeDontBreak, #YearOfStitch and @BadassHerstory. She is on a quest to teach 1 million people to embroider and invite society to rethink how we categorize, and value craft and art. Shannon sold everything she owned and moved into an RV in June of 2020 to bring art, activism, and community to the country.
She teaches at Columbia College and DePaul University and is founder of Seriously Badass Women.
Her life motto is: Make Art. Smash Systems.