upcoming workshops



Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops will be on October 2 & 3. Taught by well regarded instructors, these classes offer participants a small group, in-person learning experience and reflect an exciting variety of fiber/textile subject areas. Make the most of your time in St. Louis by signing up for more than one! Register early; class sizes are small and may fill quickly.

Important Dates

  • June 1: Workshop registration opens to non-conference participants

  • August 1: Workshops that don’t meet the minimum enrollment of 5 will be cancelled

  • September 3: No workshop refunds after this date

Note: Registration for workshops that have minimum enrollment will continue until filled.

You can list alternative choices. If your first choice is cancelled due to low enrollment, you can select an alternative or a refund. If you would like to be added to a waitlist for a workshop that is already at capacity, email info@surfacedesign.org. To view available workshops, see below. For more details, click on individual workshop titles.

For details on all the individual conferences, click here.

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Pattern Explored through Paint and Embroidery 

with Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen

Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13

Time: 9am –12pm

members $100    non-members $125 

All supplies provided

Description: In this two-day workshop, participants will work with Artist Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen to explore pattern, painting and embroidery. Beginning with graph paper, you will learn strategies for creating different types of repeat-pattern, like what can be found in fabric yardage and wallpaper. Kelsey will then teach methods for translating your hand-drafted patterns into a combination of acrylic painting and embroidery to create dynamic, dimensional patterned cloth. Embroidery stitches taught will include couching, satin stitch, and french knots, some of the artist's favorite dynamic stitch techniques. 16+

Instructor Bio: Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen received her BFA with a concentration in Fibers from Truman State University, and her MFA in Fibers from Arizona State University. Kelsey spent two years in Tennessee as an Artist-in-Residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft. She currently lives in St. Louis and teaches at St. Louis ArtWorks & textile workshops from her studio in Fox Park. Kelsey's current studio work is embroidery based and utilizes portrait imagery, text, and patterned motifs.

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Basics of Paper-cut Sculpture

with Sukanya Mano

Date: Saturday, October 19 

Time: 1-4pm

Description: Sukanya Mano will guide students through simple mark making and then develop paper-cutting skills. She will demonstrate how to create negative spaces and incorporate them into the composition. She will also teach to fold and change the paper structure into a 3D space. Age 16+

Instructor Bio: Sukanya Mani is an interdisciplinary artist with a passion for science, philosophy and exploring issues of gender and femininity. She takes complex ideas from those fields, builds stories around them and presents them in a visual art form. While her brain enjoys reading and gathering information about various subjects, her heart weaves them into visual stories, which she then presents to the viewer. Her studio practice involves the art of cutting and sculpting paper. Creating these pieces is a meditative experience for her. She creates imagined abstractions using hand cut Tyvek paper. Her artwork is informed by the materials, location and the installation process.  

Mani has worked as a teaching artist and arts administrator with various arts organizations including the St. Louis Art Museum, COCA, Contemporary Museum and Missouri History museum. Mani also creates large-scale sculptures as part of her interactive public art. Her artwork is part of numerous collections such as the City of Poplar Bluff, City of Ballwin, Brentwood Parks and Manchester, MO.  Mani is the recipient of multiple grants from the Regional Arts Commission. Born in India, Mani lives and works in St. Louis.

Members: $70.00

Non-Members: $90.00

All supplies are provided

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