St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, Maryland
1pm – 4.00pm
Members – $30
Non-Members – $40
Supply Fee – $5
Integumentary Experiments with Gut and Wire
in-teg-u-ment : a natural outer covering such as the skin of an animal or the membrane enclosing an organ; a protective layer; something that covers or encloses; an enveloping layer.
In this class we will use wire and hog gut (sausage casings) to create free-standing sculptural forms and explore the metaphors that exist within the materials. There’s an interesting duality that exists between the rusting wire structures and the fragile membranes that covers them – thin skins stretched over skeletal frameworks that are simultaneously repulsive and attractive.
Participants can bring in personal ephemera such as small buttons, thread, bits of fabric such as dyed or rusted silk organza or old handwritten letters to embed in between layers of the gut creating a more expressive narrative piece. Advance students can create multiple forms and move on to bifurcated shapes.
Sausage casings are clean and packed in salt water, however they do emit a slight odor, much like the sizing in watercolor paper. But the beauty is they stick to themselves! So when used like paper mache no other glues are required. They also stretch and conform as they dry and create unusual and luminous effects over found objects and steel wire. The casings can be dyed, painted or inked when wet. Or after they dry, they can be written on, painted, sewn, stapled, anything you can do to paper.