Monday, May 21, 2018 - 11:02am

Library’s Artist-in-Residence Explores the Wild Nature of Fiber Arts

Madison, WI – Just like plants and animals develop new characteristics as they become tamed by human beings, art can be domesticated as well. Artist Hannah O’Hare Bennett invites the public to explore the domestication of nature-inspired art in spaces that feel domestic themselves during her May-June residency at Madison Public Library.

Bennett grew up on a small, organic farm in Kansas, where she was in constant contact with the textures of the natural word. Her tactile art embodies her experiences with printmaking, weaving, papermaking, and farming, featuring patterns and textures of the midwestern landscape. Bennett exhibits her work across the country, teaches workshops, and explores custom projects - all while working as a substitute teacher in the public schools of Dane County.

During her residency, Bennett will host a number of workshops centered around papermaking, sculpture, embroidery, and other tactile arts. Her open studio sessions will invite participants to contribute to an ever-growing book or add to a collaborative installation.

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Workshops & Open Studio Schedule:

Papermaking Open Studios
Wednesdays beginning May 9 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Bubbler

Domesticated Threads I: Embroidery
May 14 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Bubbler

Domesticated Threads II: Sewing Small Containers
May 21 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Bubbler

Adventures in Paper Pulp
Saturday, May 26 from 9:00am-12:00pm in the Bubbler

Wild Threads I: Experimental Embroidery and Surface Design
May 29 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Bubbler

Soft Sculpture
Saturday, June 16 from 9:00am-12:00pm in the Bubbler

Wild Threads II: Making Soft Sculpture Patterns
June 4 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Bubbler

Wild Threads III: Sewing and Embellishing Soft Sculpture
June 11 6:30-8:30pm in the Bubbler

3-Day Workshop: Sculpting with Handmade Paperpulp and String*
Thursday, May 17 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Bubbler
Saturday, May 19 from 9:00am-12:00pm in the Bubbler
Sunday, May 20 from 1:00-4:00pm in the Bubbler

*Participants must be able to attend all three sessions of the 3-day workshop. Please register once for all three sessions on the May 17 date. Maximum 10 participants. No experience needed, ages 15+.

The Bubbler's foundational Artist-in-Residence program connecting artists to the community and the community to artists is funded by Scooter Software, Inc.

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