Mirka Knaster – November 2019

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Fee: $120

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November 19, 20, and 21
Mirka Knaster
Composing in Small Spaces
https://mirkaart.com

Mirka’s life began along the Adriatic Sea, with childhood summers later spent at the Atlantic Ocean. She was educated on the east and west coasts of the U.S, lived in the Andes, Blue Ridge Mountains, and Hawaiian Islands, and travelled through much of Latin America, Europe, Asia, southern Africa, New Zealand, and beyond. In 2005, Mirka moved to the northern Sonoma coast, where the Pacific Ocean has a major impact on daily sensory experience.

Natural environments, East Asian aesthetics, the places she lived and traveled, 20th-century abstract art, and her meditation practice are the most important influences and inspirations for her art. As a long-time writer and editor, Mirka used words to convey ideas.

Mirka is fascinated by how textiles have been central to human life since earliest times telling stories about the cultures that create them and marking stages of the life cycle as well as expressing the relationship people have to their environment.

To enhance artist/ tourist knowledge of Asian Art, she leads an annual Korean Textile Tour in Seoul and surrounding areas.

Mirka has exhibited in many juried shows including places such as the Whatcom Museum in WA, the Berkley Art Center in CA, And Sierra Arts Gallery in NV.

Mirka’s books and articles have been published academically and commercially since the 1970s in a variety of fields. She has served as a contributing editor and consulting editor for magazines, journals, and encyclopedias.

Lecture, November 19: Threads of Splendor: Fiber Arts in Korean Culture.

Mirka is fascinated by how textiles have been central to human life since earliest times telling stories about the cultures that create them and marking stages of the life cycle as well as expressing the relationship people have to their environment. To enhance artist/ tourist knowledge of Asian Art, she leads an annual Korean Textile Tour in Seoul and surrounding areas.

2 day workshop, November 20-21: Composing in Small Spaces: The joys and Benefits of Creating Mini-Art 

Skip the patterns and designs others create and go for your own originality, using nothing but what’s at hand. No shopping for new fabric, yarn, paper, or thread. Work with what you have and what others share. You will start small, with textile cards you can send or give as a personal gift of art, then gradually increase the size of the project.

Working on a small scale can stimulate new ideas and provide an opportunity to experiment with them. You can try out techniques and materials without making a major investment of time and money.

Create abstract compositions to fit inside (5×7) Strathmore photo frame cards. Each card comes with a deckle-edge envelope. Depending on the arrangement created, the cards can remain simply a loosening-up exercise or they can be put to good use for holidays, birthdays, and other occasions. By inserting them in inexpensive frames, they can become personal art gifts.

You will go home with four or more cards that are finished in class or further elaborated at home. They can be entirely fresh and different from what you usually create or an expression of your signature style. Within the confines of a small space, you are free to do whatever you want.