Fabrics Around the World

July 6 - July 7, 2024

Fabrics Around the World


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $395

The primary identifiers of people around the globe are name, language, music, food, and clothing. Participants in this workshop will explore and learn about other cultures worldwide through their fabrics and what they wear, focusing also on the techniques and processes used to create them. This will be an interactive class with discussion, lecture and research presented by Kwesi O. Kwarteng. No previous skill or experience is needed to attend.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

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



Kwesi O. Kwarteng

Kwesi O. Kwarteng is a multidisciplinary artist who works with textiles. He explores the identities formed by the intersectionality of different cultures. These textile assemblages draw from the artist’s Ghanaian heritage, and the cultural significance of fabrics and color that identify various life events or state of being of the makers and users. As an immigrant living in the United States, Kwarteng transcribes a new language from the combination of traditional and cultural fabrics along with hand-dyed textiles into abstract-like pieces to unearth the intricacies and beauty of Multiculturalism. In Kwarteng’s works, there is an exploration of traditional weavers in Ghana, influenced by El Anatsui’s extraordinary sculptures, twentieth century African American quilting artistry, and abstract, color field works by Sam Gilliam. He perfectly captures the nuances of using what might be considered a myriad of discarded remnants and swatches to align narratives that reflect his experiences growing up in Ghana and moving to the United States as a teenager. Through his early challenges as an immigrant, he learned to embrace the multi-facets of culture and the heterogeneity of the immigrant story in the Bronx, New York. He has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and his works are held in private Collections around the world.

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