594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita
Mixed Media Beaded Painting
with Beth Yazhari
June 1, 2019 | 10:30am to 3:30pm
Tuition $100 | Materials Fee: $35
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita
Mixed Media Beaded Butterfly Workshop: Painting with Reflection
This is a one-day workshop led by Portland artist, Beth Yazhari, the workshop will focus on creating one-of-a-kind painted backgrounds and on embellishing butterflies with hand-sewn beads. A simple technique employing acrylic paint and saran wrap will be used to create richly textured backdrops on canvases, which will be built up using layers of complementary colors and allowed to dry. Fabric butterflies will be collaged onto the canvases. Beads will be sewn on by hand with the canvases functioning as embroidery hoops.
Participants will be provided with a variety of beads, butterflies cut from different patterned fabrics, and a variety of vintage textiles to create their collages. While all materials are provided, Yazhari encourages participants to bring their own family heirloom textiles or jewelry to incorporate into their pieces. Yazhari says:
“It is a great opportunity to incorporate personally meaningful
artifacts into an original piece of art!”
Yazhari, who holds a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and BA in English Literature from Northwestern University turns to a range of influences, from the abstract work of Mark Tobey and Miriam Schapiro to vintage beadwork and traditional textile techniques for inspiration. The themes of her work revolve around elevating the status of women, honoring and purposefully bringing together design motifs of diverse cultures, and creating harmony and beauty out of bits and pieces.
She is often drawn to the motif of butterflies, which not only lend themselves to ornamental and balanced compositions, but symbolize change, hope and the soul in many spiritual traditions. Examples of her intricate beaded paintings, many of which incorporate antique hand-embroidered fabrics from around the globe.