Contemporary Paper Crafting

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This one-day workshop with paper artist Michael Velliquette will explore the medium’s recent renaissance and its astounding range. The workshop will be held in Velliquette’s studio where participants will learn the fundamentals of his paper crafting techniques and then experiment with diverse approaches to paper construction and collaging processes inspired by contemporary paper-based artists. Participants will work on a 16″ x 20″ board or a three-dimensional form whose scale will be determined in response to the idea developed during the workshop. Our tools will be a variety of scissors, colored and textured papers, and adhesives.

All tools and materials included. Ages 15 and up, Appropriate to all skill levels, 10 participants, maximum.

Location: Michael Velliquette Studio, 301 S. Bedford Street, Madison, WI 53703. Street parking available.

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Paper construction collage by Michael Velliquette

All works by Michael Velliquette

Biographical Information

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MICHAEL VELLIQUETTE is a mixed media artist working between drawing, collage, and sculpture, and is most known for his works with cut paper. These works engage the nature of matter, sensation, perception, reaction, and consciousness. Velliquette’s work insists on a new spiritual vocabulary—one that combines aspects of early 20th century formalism, and contemporary sensibilities about the handmade, with the visual lexicon he has developed in his works over the past decade. Velliquette’s vocabulary is bright, dense, ornamental, and is punctuated with recurring motifs such as eyes, flowers, feathers, and mandalas.  Art, architecture, and design from broad periods and places inform this work. However, there are rarely direct quotes—they maintain a certain ambiguity over how, when, and where they were made. Color also plays a powerful role in Velliquette’s work and acts to convey a sense of optical fullness, or visual generosity in the viewer. The labor-intensive nature of Velliquette’s practice is also foregrounded in much of his work and correlates to a kind of studio-induced mindfulness. He has recently had solo shows at the David Shelton Gallery, Houston, DCKT Contemporary New York and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York. His museum exhibitions include Slash: Paper Under the Knife at the Museum of Art and Design, New York; Art on Paper at the Weatherspoon Art Museum; and Psychedelic at the San Antonio Museum of Art. His work is in the collections of the Art Museum of South Texas; the Museum of Wisconsin Art; the Racine Art Museum; The Progressive Corporation; Western Bridge, Seattle; The John Michael Kohler Art Center; The State of Wisconsin; Boston Children’s Hospital and the San Antonio Museum of Art. He is a Faculty Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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