Last month, I had the opportunity to work with librarians at the Queens Library to share my “Translating Text into Textile” techniques. As part of The Big Read, the library is offering several creative programs around Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. I was honored to be a part of the preparation for this programming by showing the librarians how I approach text through fiber art.
In the first session, we used a short selection from the book as inspiration and I guided the group through a sample lesson of “Translating Text into Textile”. Each participant created a piece of fiber art inspired by Fahrenheit 451 while gaining insight into how an inspiration text can be transformed into a piece of art. At the end of the session, they all had a chance to share their work with the group and we saw how one text can be interpreted in many different ways.
In the second session, we talked about how the workshop can be changed for different situations including multiple sessions, different artistic media, and collaborative/group pieces. We also discussed potential challenges they might face in teaching the class and how to best prepare for the workshop given their goals. The Big Read programs are happening this month and next month at branches of the Queens Library. Click here to see a full list of their programs.
I had a wonderful time working with this amazing group of librarians and can’t wait to hear how their programs go!