Collage - Revisioning Women's History NEW! In-Store Class March 19
Collage - Revisioning Women's History NEW! In-Store Class
Sunday, March 19, 12:30-4:30pm
Instructor: Teresa Cribelli
Limit: 6 students
Explore the history and evolution of fine art collage in this unique workshop, which “revisions” history through the use of vintage paper, second-hand books, magazines, and ephemera. Though considered a more contemporary art, collage is actually a centuries old technique that was practiced by women outside the formal salons of the art world. It’s the medium of choice for local artist Teresa Cribelli, who found herself drawn to vintage papers and images while collecting materials for her history research. These period pieces generally pictured women in subordinate roles but, as a history professor, Teresa knew that wasn’t the whole story. She decided to repurpose the vintage materials as a way to “revision” history and create a new narrative focused on women.
Join Teresa for a thought-provoking session of cutting and pasting while contemplating and discussing women and history. Teresa provides basic collage instruction and shares her techniques, including image transfer. You’ll spend the majority of class on creating your own collage that reflects a personal view of women and their place in the world.
Teresa brings materials from her collection for you to work with, but she encourages you to add to the creativity with your personal materials, whether paper or otherwise. Think of her as your guide as you revision history. We think of her as someone who provides a fascinating new perspective on both collage and history!
Masks are optional and encouraged for all students and instructors. Students will be provided their own set of tools, which are sanitized between every class session. Due to the size of our class space we are unable to practice social distancing in the classroom. The requirements for store staff and customers will follow Boulder County mask and safety mandates. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time if you have specific questions regarding class covid safety.
Please bring the following materials:
- Optional: Favorite pair of scissors for fine cutting
- Optional: Craft knife with extra blades if you enjoy using one
- Optional: Apron
- Optional: Water and bag lunch for the lunch break
- Optional: A few collage items you want to include: old photos, ribbon, scraps of material or paper, thin metal pieces, ephemera, old books, magazines, letters, etc. – anything that catches your eye or speaks to you. The items can be textures or surfaces and not just images.
Class Materials Include:
- Collage materials: paper scraps, ephemera, vintage paper, old catalogs, book pages etc
- Hot press watercolor paper
- Black cardstock
- Glue sticks
- Packing tape image transfer materials
- Scissors, rulers, pencils, erasers and other small tools
Class Refund/Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Art meets history in the striking work of Teresa Cribelli, a native Coloradan who’s a collage artist as well as a college history professor. She says, “Through disassembling and reassembling vintage illustrations, figures, colors, and textures, I reuse historical materials to disrupt and recreate contemporary understandings of these themes.”
Teresa’s work ranges from small-scale collages to large street murals. Internationally, her murals can be seen in São Luís, Brazil, and in Barcelona, Spain. Nationally, they appear in Denver, Colorado, and in both Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama. The underlying theme is always history. For example, her River City Mural in Tuscaloosa draws upon images and illustrations from vintage books on Alabama to show how the relationship between the Black Warrior River and various groups of inhabitants has changed over time. Her objective? To have viewers think about the river in new ways.
Teresa is active in the international collage community, and was awarded the Doug & Laurie Kanyer Art Collection Purchase Award in 2019 at Kolaj Fest New Orleans. The Kanyers established their collection to support artists and advance a deeper understanding of collage as art. Their criteria for choosing the winners were the overall practice of the artist, the historical value/critical context of the work, and how the work demonstrates a use of the medium. The Kanyers also considered the artist’s broader role in collage to identify artists whose impact goes beyond their immediate community. One of Teresa’s small works is now part of the Kayner’s permanent collection at the Yakima Valley Museum in Oregon.
To sum up, Teresa’s works, which exist at the intersection of history and art, cause viewers to see collage with fresh eyes. To her history and art are inseparable. We doubt any other history professor would have accepted a 3D collage on slavery and emancipation for a student's final!