Workshop: Embroidery with Iviva Olenick

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Workshop: Embroidery with Iviva Olenick

Learn how to do simple embroidery in this drop in workshop so that you can breathe new potential into old and worn clothes, giving them a second life.

Revive, repurpose and reinvigorate gently or vigorously used, or languished clothing and household textiles (handkerchiefs, napkins, pillowcases, t-shirts, cotton bags) with artist, Iviva Olenick, in this walk-in embroidery workshop. In less than 15 minutes, Iviva will teach you basic stitches you can use to spell out text, make doodles or more elaborate drawings. No previous embroidery experience is required. Thread, needles and instruction provided. Please bring the item you wish to mend, reimagine or enliven. You can also bring a sketch, doodle or piece of writing as inspiration.

About Iviva Olenick

Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-born and based artist working at the intersection of textile history, labor, agriculture and handcrafts. She has exhibited at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; the Center for Book Arts, NYC; Old Stone House, Brooklyn; Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn; Museum of Design Atlanta; the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Iviva holds a BA in French Literature/Psychology from Binghamton University, and an AAS in Textile/Surface Design from FIT. Iviva is a faculty member of the MFA Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts, and an educator for the New Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She has received grants for community-focused textile art and agriculture projects from the Greater NY Arts Development Fund of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation and Puffin Foundation West.