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Artist Workshop: Letter Boxes
November 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
In celebration of print media featured in Broadside: The Power of Print in the Maritime World, join Portland-based print artist Crystal Cawley in a hands-on workshop transforming 2D paper into 3D sculpture. Paper can be manipulated in many ways to create 3-D structures – for example by cutting, rolling, gluing, and stitching. Using letterpress patterned papers and linen thread, workshop participants will create one of the simplest forms – a cylindrical box with a fitted lid.
Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. Her work explores ideas of identity, time, memory, and loss, and draws on various traditional skills like embroidery and letterpress printing. She teaches in the Continuing Studies program at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and is an artist member of Portland’s Pickwick Independent Press, a printmaking collective. She has shown her work around the US and in England, Greece, and Japan. Her work is in the collections of the Boston Public Library; Columbia University Library; The Library of Congress; Maine Women Writers Collection; MOMA/Franklin Furnace Artists’ Book Collection; the Smithsonian Institution Graphic Arts Collection at the National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; and the Munakata Shiko Museum, Aomori, Japan, among others. She has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.