The Heart of the Matter

Workshop by Susan Taber Avila

Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 10 AM – 5 PM

Price: $135.00

In this dynamic and interactive community project workshop students will create a conceptual red dress collection to help promote awareness of women’s cardiovascular disease. The finished collection will be included in the exhibition Matters of Dis-Ease at 108 Contemporary Gallery, August 6 – September 20, 2015. Working on provided garment templates, students will explore a variety of textile techniques for embellishment, fabric manipulation, and working with type as they learn how to infuse fashion with a message vital to public health. For more information about the exhibition, please visit

Supply List (participants must bring the following):

  • Sewing supplies: scissors, thread, pins, sewing needles
  • Recycled red fabric items: these can be anything made of fabric (or material that can be sewn) that is red such as used clothing, bags, pillows, trims, lace, stuffed toys, etc. in any condition. Note: please do not purchase new fabrics or materials for this project, your local secondhand shop should have something you can work with.
  • Other red items that can be cut and sewn as embellishments such as red paper, card stock, thin plastic, etc.
  • Embroidery thread and needles (choose colors that will work on top of red)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Rotary cutter and mat (optional but helpful)
  • Sewing machine (optional but helpful, students may be able to share sewing machines)
  • Small plastic bucket for washing out Solvy
  • Small paintbrushes suitable for pigment—1/4” to ½” size (optional)
  • Textile pigment suitable to paint on red (i.e. opaque white, black, gold metallic)

About the instructor:

Susan Taber Avila creates textile artwork to enhance perception of contemporary culture. While stitching is often used for surface embellishment (embroidery) or joining materials, Avila simultaneously develops both the structure and surface of an object through the stitching process. She is currently Professor and Chair of Design at the University of California, Davis and a Chutian Scholar at Wuhan Textile University in Wuhan, China. She has exhibited work in Argentina, China, Costa Rica, Finland, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Mexico, Swaziland, and the UK as well as numerous exhibitions in the United States. Her innovative artwork is included in several books and periodicals and she has published articles in Fiberarts, Ornament, and Surface Design