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With Mixed-Media Fiber Artists
Mallory Zondag

Latch Hooked Moss

Monday, July 22nd

5:30-8:00pm

At the Central Park Pavilion, 500 Iroquois Way, Schenectady, NY 12309

Free to attend by registration is required:

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Explore and learn the meditative art of latch hooking during this two and half hour workshop in Central Park, Schenectady, NY in partnership with the Schoharie River Center. Using your hands and a crochet hook you will learn how to create a rug style textile and create a textured piece of art reminiscent of a mossy patch of forest floor using all natural fibers and yarns, some hand and naturally dyed. This workshop is a part of the community art program, Entangled Threads.

Needle Felt Shelf Mushrooms

Thursday, August 8th

6:00-8:30pm

At the Schoharie River Center, 2025 Burtonville Rd. Epserance, NY 12066

Free to attend by registration is required:

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Explore and learn the meditative art of needle felting during this two and half hour workshop in Central Park, Schenectady, NY in partnership with the Schoharie River Center. Using your hands and a felting needle you will learn how to sculpt with wool to form a series of shelf fungi like turkey tail mushrooms! You will learn how to form the wool and how paint with wool to bring your sculpture to life through color. This workshop is a part of the community art program, Entangled Threads.

Entangled Threads is a community art project taking place in Schenectady, NY July through August 2024. It is intended to engage the community through art, conversation and education. Taking a cue from the mychorrizal fungi that inspired this project, our aim is to connect members of the community to one another and to our planet. Through a film screening of Fantastic Fungi and book discussion of Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake, along with free fiber art workshops that will culminate in a community art sculpture called a "Living Log", we want people to learn about the land, to understand more of the ecology of fungi, how they knit together our ecosystems, how the earth is habitable because of their role in the environment and how they are critical in addressing climate change and living more sustainably on our planet. To protect our environment, we have to care about it, to understand it and that only comes from education and experience. We hope this program will connect people with not only each other but also with our living planet.

 

Work created during this free workshop will be donated to the “Living Log” a community created fiber sculpture detailing the magical organisms that populate the forest floor and felt together our ecosystems.

The sculpture will be donated to the coming Schenectady Environmental Education Center (SEEC) in Central Park, Schenectady, NY.

There will be a chance to take your work back at the conclusion of the program if you wish, but we hope if you participate you will choose to leave your work to become a permanent part of this sculpture.

 

 

Entangled Threads was made possible by an Arts Thrive and Grow Community Art Grant. Arts Thrive and Grow has been funded by New York State, Kathy Hochul, Governor. We thank Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins for her extraordinary commitment and leadership, and our elected officials who represent our grantmaking region: Senators Jake Ashby and Neil D. Breslin; Assemblymembers Scott H. Bendett, Patricia Fahy, John T. McDonald III, Angelo Santabarbara, Phil Steck, and Mary Beth Walsh.

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