• Kay Sekimachi: Ikat Box, 1989 (detail); linen and paint; 11 3/4 x 8 in. Collection of Forrest L. Merrill. Photo: Lee Fatheree.

Virtual Gallery + Studio: Found-Textures Weaving

For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • With artist

    Richmond-based artist and teacher Erin McCluskey Wheeler holds an MFA from California College of the Arts. Independently, and with Arts Benicia and the 92nd Street Y, Erin teaches classes in her abstract painted-paper collage style.

Artist Kay Sekimachi creates woven pieces with minimal color to showcase the textures of her materials. Using a technique called frottage (“texture rubbing”), we will apply texture and patterns to paper and then use the paper to create weavings that can be laid flat or twisted and rolled into sculptural forms. Workshop led by Erin McCluskey Wheeler.

Materials (per participant)

Please gather these materials before our session:

  • 2 sheets of 8.5 x 11” copy paper (can be recycled or printed on one side already)
  • 1 crayon with the paper wrapper removed. Dark colors work best. OR 1 graphite stick
  • Glue stick or tape (clear or masking)
  • Scissors

Before the session, look around your space for objects with interesting textures to create your textured paper. Some examples: colanders, baskets, trivets, tiles on the wall or floor, heating vents (but not when they’re hot!), sidewalks, thick carpets, tree bark, sticks. You can create your textured paper or just pick out your texture in advance of the session.