Mending a Visual Narrative


Mending a Visual Narrative With Mariana del Castillo

Mending a Visual Narrative
With Mariana del Castillo

Wednesday > 6 – 8:30pm

27 February – 10 April (no class 20 March)

In this six-week workshop, Mariana del Castillo will focus on bespoke fabric books. Utilising found materials, old textiles, altered photos, natural dyes, stencils, illustration, charcoal and threads, students will make a number of fabric books. Through layered stories, individual books will emerge with stained histories. Employing simple embroidery and bookbinding techniques students will finalise their intimate art books. The emphasis of the workshop will be to trust your creative intuition; everybody has a story that can be told through art.

About Mariana del Castillo >

Mariana del Castillo

Mariana del Castillo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989. She has had many solo exhibitions; in 2018, at M16 Artspace, Fitters Workshop, CCAS, CMAG, Contour 556 and The Bearded Tit in Redfern, NSW. She was a finalist in the 2018 Deakin University Contemporary Award, a recipient of the 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture prize as well as the 2015 CAPO Macquarie Wealth Award, and winner of the 2009 CAPO Rosalie Gascoigne Award.

Content >

Weeks 1-2 (27 Feb & 6 Mar)
Students will be offered a variety of materials and mediums to start planning their art books. Collage is the ideal vehicle to develop rich and complex personal imagery that draws from memory, poetry and other sources. Combining fabric, mono printing, acrylic, layering and found objects we will explore a variety of mark-making techniques on fabric.

Weeks 3-4 (13 Mar & 27 Mar)
Students will learn to stitch their pieces together, attaching, gluing and collaging simple details onto their fabric pages. Every stitch can be an unplanned and symbolic detail to their story. The emphasis is on serendipity, spontaneity and embracing happy accidents.

Weeks 5-6 (3 Apr & 10 Apr)
Students will submerge one of their bespoke books into a bath of herbs and spices adding scent and stain to their stories. Finalising pages, students will be introduced to various bookbinding techniques, discovering what best suits their aesthetic journey. A final sharing and viewing of their finished books will complete the workshop.

Cost >


All materials will be provided.

Enrolment >

More info >

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.