Making a story quilt with Girls Inc.

Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of teaching a printmaking lesson to the campers at Girls Inc. in Holyoke, MA. I did a short lesson on Harriet Powers’s second story quilt (one of my students had seen a Powers quilt in the collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston!) and then introduced our nature story quilt project. I did a gelli plate monotype demonstration and then the girls got to work: turning their nature stories into sketches, turning those sketches into stencils, and then making gelatin plate monotypes. All of the girls made a few impressions, and they will each have a print included in the final collaborative story quilt.

The finished collaborative story quilt will be displayed in an exhibition at Paper City Studios Gallery in Holyoke on November 3, 2017.

The students were ages 6-12 and I was impressed by their fearless approach to new materials. We had a blast.

Thank you Plunge Arts!