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Collage - Revisioning Women's History In-Store Class Feb 10

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Collage - Revisioning Women's History In-Store Class
Saturday, February 10, 12:30-4:30pm 
Instructor: Teresa Cribelli
Limit: 6 students. All participants must be 15 years or older.

Class Details:

Explore the history and evolution of fine art collage in this unique workshop, which uses vintage paper, second-hand books, magazines, and ephemera to revision history. 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 collage work. 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. The majority of class time is devoted to 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, paper or otherwise. Think of her as your guide in revisioning history! We think of her as someone who provides a fascinating new perspective on both collage and on history.

Special note: If you enjoy collage, consider joining Februllage, a worldwide collaboration between Edinburgh Collage Collective and the Scandinavian Collage Museum. Februllage invites everyone to make a “collage a day” during February using daily prompts. For more information, go to @februllage . Amazing and inspirational work!

Due to the limited size of the classroom, social distancing will not be possible. Attendees of the class are welcome to wear masks. Help keep community members and our staff safe, please do not attend the class if you are feeling sick. Please contact ahead of time if you have specific questions regarding class covid safety.

Class Materials

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.

    Instructor Bio

    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!


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