(Cedarburg, WI) — The Peaceful Art of Embroidery
A CEDARBURG SPUR FIBER ARTS TRAIL WEEKEND WORKSHOP
“There is nothing more satisfying/relaxing/meditative than pulling a threaded needle through fabric.” -Susan Lenz, Fiber Artist
Embroidery is a charming overlay embellishment that can be a wonderful and peaceful experience. Similarly, the adult coloring book craze, while fun, is designed to give stressed-out grown-ups a mini-meditative experience. One of the most popular designs is the mandala and can be used as a tool to facilitate Mindfulness.
In this class we will discuss other mandala images and their historical art and meditative properties. Then you will embroider a hand-stamped mandala on fabric in a circular motion to create a lovely embroidered piece. Embroidery offer users a peaceful state of mind, where you can become so immersed in the stitching experienced that time and self are no longer disruptive. Last, the mandala embroidered fabric will be stitched together to form a sachet filled with lavender — a natural stress reliever.
“Apart from yoga, meditation, and reading, embroidery has to be one of the most serene things to do (don’t lose your needles though, that can create a severe lack of serenity).” -Glorafilia: Impressionist Collection – Over 20 Needlepoint Projects Inspired by Famous Paintings by Carole Berman and Jennifer Lazarus
After a successful 25-year career in marketing, public relations and communications leadership roles, Linda Sweek has had the good fortune of pursuing her passion of fiber and mixed media art for the past five years and starting her own business – Linda Sweek Designs. Besides fiber and mixed media artistry, Sweek does custom sewing, teaches workshops and is the founder and host of Sew and Sew Retreats.
Sweek started to embroider at the age of eight – to her it was like painting a canvas. Additionally, her grandmother, who was an artist, took her to art museums and galleries for instruction, and welcomed Sweek into her studio to work with clay, pastels and acrylic paints. Applying this knowledge of studio art, Sweek’s preferred medium became fiber.
She has been privileged to exhibit her work in several juried art shows including the “Second Fiber Arts Biennale: Wisconsin State of the Art” at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Alverno College Alumnae Juried Art Show, Grace Fine Arts Festival and Milwaukee Third Ward Gallery Night’s. Her work is sold in numerous gallery’s and gift shops. Awards received include Martha Stewart American Made 2014 Award Nominee, Best of Houzz – 2014 Badge Award Winner and multiple Wisconsin State Fair first, second, third place ribbons in textile categories.
Sweek has a bachelor’s degree in professional communications with honors and a minor in liberal arts from Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also studied textile and folk art in the U.S., Mexico and Europe, and has explored art at more than 25 art museums from Paris to Florence, Vienna to London, Chicago to Honolulu, New York to Mexico City and beyond.