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Workshop: "Line, Mark & Text: Visual Language as a Storytelling Device"

  • Webster Hills United Methodist Church 698 W. Lockwood Avenue Webster Groves, MO 63119 (map)

Missouri Fiber Artists presents "Line, Mark & Text: Visual Language as a Storytelling Device" workshop with Fran Gardner, artist, fiber art educator. Held November 1-2, 2019 (Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.) at Webster Hills United Methodist Church, 698 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119.

Artists have been exploring ways to communicate through language and symbols since prehistoric cave art. Think of the myriad of devices we use to communicate – numbers and symbols, various language alphabets, calligraphy and typography, music, graffiti, codes – the list goes on and on. Workshop participants will explore mark making styles and techniques as they relate to the creation of language or the suggestion of symbols, text, words, and phrases. We will work primarily with painting and drawing tools, and participants are welcome to explore how these concepts can translate into their own artistic voice and studio practice as fiber artists. Communication is essential to our own visual storytelling; mark, line, and text can offer the artist another way to deepen the message of the artist's work.

Fran Gardner is serving as Juror for MOFA's "Speaking of Fibers 2019: Stories of Importance" exhibition presented at Maryville University. Supply list provided prior to workshop. $150/MOFA member; $175/non-member. Payable by PayPal online: or by check payable to MOFA and sent to Candy Grisham, 3 Woodbine Ct., Washington, MO 63090. FMI: Register: