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Shelley Spector's Digital Embroidery Workshop

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Nov 4, 2011 12:01:00 PM

This past Saturday we held a digital embroidery workshop run by Breadboard resident artist Shelley Spector. Even with the slushy, snowy, winter-in-October weather, we had a brave bunch of souls show up for a more intimate, in-depth, workshop. Attendees learned about the basics of digital embroidery and a bit of laser cutting, and were able to take home what they made with us!


They were first introduced to digital embroidery through a show & tell discussion with pieces Shelley has been working on here. 



Then, Shelley dove into some of the details of the embroidery software we have and how to create digital stitch data using it. 


Shelley prepared a piece for workshop attendees to make and take home she calls “Gone Watch.” 



After looking at samples and learning about how the software works, Shelley continued with how to hoop fabric for embroidery. 


Everyone chose their own colors for fabric, thread, material for the watch faces and then took turns hooping the fabric, embroidering the watch bands, and laser cutting the watch faces!



When the band was cut out around the edges and the face laser cut, they were ready to be put together!



Everyone left with their own personalized “Gone Watch” that they made.


Check out our flickr to see more pictures from the workshop!


Thank you to Shelley Spector for putting this together and to everyone who came! If you missed it, don’t worry; we may have another workshop sometime soon, and our regular digital embroidery classes are being offered frequently. Sign up here!

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Topics: philadlephia, sewing, digital-embroidery, fabric, laser-cut, Uncategorized, fabric-watch, breadboard, shelley-spector, nextfab, textiles, embroidery-workshop, embroidery

Digital Embroidery Workshop with Artist Shelley Spector

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Oct 11, 2011 4:54:00 PM



Since May of this year, Philadelphia sculptor, Shelley Spector has been Breadboard’s Artist in Residence at NextFab Studio. Using fabric cut from secondhand clothing and wood cast off from NextFab’s commercial projects, she has developed a colorful new body of work of digitally embroidered images in laser cut frames.


These new works, which will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at the Esther Klein Gallery beginning February 2012, are the inspiration for a public workshop, which will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 1-4PM at NextFab Studio, 3711 Market Street, Philadelphia.


Workshop participants will get to work side by side with Spector to create a piece using the digital sewing machine, (affectionately named Gwen) and the laser cutter (also known as Speedy). Each participant will get a take away piece of art designed by Spector that they will fabricate under the supervision of the artist and NextFab’s tech experts.


This free workshop includes a preview of Spector’s newest work and a tour of NextFab’s state of the art facilities. It is open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is necessary - space is limited.


Spector is an artist, curator, editor and teacher. She has been working for more than 20 years, creating works of various media that most recently explore themes of money, relationships, tools of measurement and the environment. Her work has been exhibited at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Gallery Joe, Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Exhibition and The Print Center in Philadelphia, PA, and Delaware Center For Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE. She is represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, where she has an upcoming show in January 2013.

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Topics: workshop, project, sewing, philadelphia, laser, Uncategorized, breadboard, nextfab, art, laser-cutter, embroidery, fabrication, tech

    

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