Conjuring the Narrative with Textiles

July 8 - July 12, 2022

Conjuring the Narrative with Textiles


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $65

This creatively designed class blends together the art of narrative storytelling with textile design techniques. Karen believes everyone has a story and that the act of sharing stories is extremely healing for both the storyteller and the audience. We will explore surface design techniques that include natural dyeing, printing, painting, discharge and stitching on both new and repurposed cloth. Each participant will create both a banner and a repurposed garment.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Karen Hampton

Karen Hampton is a conceptually based fiber artist, addressing issues of colorism and kinship. She is recognized as a figurative storyteller who weaves together textures and colors of the ancient world with that of an imagined future. Material and imagery are part of the methodology she uses to access her ancestral and personal heritage. Using her training in the fiber arts with her training in anthropology, she synthesizes the role of weaver with that of a griot, the storyteller. Hampton’s art practice easily flows between different fiber surfaces and materials to complete each story. Hampton is an Assistant Professor of Fibers at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

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