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Michèle Fandel Bonner, USA: Material Explorations: Creating with multiples of found objects and recycled fibres. 

Michèle Fandel Bonner is a mixed media and fiber artist working with multiples of recycled and thrifted materials. She is a member of the Surface Design Associates, Marblehead Arts Association and Cambridge Arts Association. Her works has been shown throughout the US and recently, Australia. She teaches workshops in fiber techniques.  Michèle has been a board member of the Marblehead Arts Council and a juror for the Marblehead Festival of Arts and the Salem Arts Association. She holds a BA in Pre-Art Therapy from the University of Massachusetts. Michèle lives and has a studio in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Material Explorations: Creating with multiples of found objects and recycled fibres. 

Are you drawn to collect and hang onto things? Participants are encouraged to bring several groups of things, Examples include, but are not limited to, clothing, labels, buttons, postcards, yarn, thread, pop tops, seeds, feathers and thrift store finds. Bring your collections. We will search for the hidden meanings of the objects and materials. Techniques will include different ways to join, combine and connect the items you bring. We will tie, mend, darn, patch (think Japanese boro), knit, crochet, quilt, wire, sew, etc. our way to a fuller appreciation of the meaning of the materials we are attracted to. This workshop will focus on process rather than product. That said I will bring a Taliswoman blank for each student. A basic knowledge of hand and machine sewing is necessary. Knitting or crochet is useful, everything else is gravy!

Please bring examples of your work made with multiples and/or recycled materials to show. Bring on a flash drive, digital images, photographs or the object itself if easier. I want to see what you do!