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Yarnwrapping Workshop with Asma Chaudhary


December 10, 2-4 pm. Ages 8-14, no prior experience needed.

On December 10, 2017, Pakistani-American fine artist and sculptor Asma Chaudhary will present an interactive yarn wrapping experience with participants to use embroidery yarn, bells, and pipe cleaners and attach them to various repurposed and recycled objects often found around our homes such as baskets, kitchenware, furniture, and bird cages. By doing so, this popular activity known as yarnwrapping or yarnbombing will engage participants on South Asian artwork and techniques while also providing a vibrant new life and purpose to these once abandoned objects. Furthermore, workshop participants will be able to participate in a larger sculptural piece where an adult-sized bicycle will be completely wrapped in yarn, a continuation of Asma’s series on bicycle rickshaws reminiscent of heavily adorned and ornate jingle trucks and rickshaws found throughout South Asia. Please note that no previous experience is required and all ages are welcome.

Asma Chaudhary is a Pakistani-American professional fine artist and sculptor who participates in several Maker Faires in the Washington, D.C. area. She is the recipient of the 2016 National Maker Faire Editor's Choice Award and is preparing for a solo show in December 2017 at Herndon ArtSpace titled, “Har Mausam Rangeela (Urdu for “Every Season is Colourful”)”. Asma is known for her concepts surrounding the term, "Home Maker," particularly as one who associates domestication with the creation of habitat and daily necessities for survival. Her Bollywood-inspired, colorful yarnwrapping is often attached onto repurposed found objects and everyday household items such as baskets, birdcages, and bicycles. Asma makes every effort to use discarded materials and repurpose them into basic necessities for survival such as shelter, warmth, luminance, sustenance, mobility, and intellectual growth. Some of her installations include breaking down grocery carts and welding them into chairs, sewing workman’s gloves together to create couture-like dresses and cushions, and reformatting sleeping bags to play on the idea of innocence and crisis. Asma pays homage to handicrafts made by village artisans in India and Pakistan through her use of vibrant colors and intricate techniques. Her sculptures, furniture pieces, artist-made books, photography, and performance-based work have been shown in several juried group and solo exhibitions throughout New York, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. Asma holds a Master of Fine Arts (InterArts, 2013) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Graphic Design and Journalism, 2008) from George Mason University. She is an adjunct professor for two digital new media courses at George Mason University, which emphasize the use of Adobe Creative Cloud software to create call-and-response forums to discuss societal issues and activism. In addition, Asma's work can be seen in Studio Visit Magazine (Volumes 25, 27, 30, and 31) and in the 2017 edition of American Art Collector.

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Earlier Event: December 5
Har Mausam Rangeela Exhibit
Later Event: December 10
The Treble Clefs Community Sing-A-Long