Workshop: Composing in Small Spaces

with Mirka Knaster

Saturday, 11/5/22 10am PT

Where: Cross & Crown Lutheran Church, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Cost: $95 General Public \ $80 Textile Arts Council Members


Using fabrics, yarns, threads, and embellishments, create abstract compositions to fit inside Strathmore photo frame cards (5x7).

Too often we think that having no boundaries means absolute freedom to do anything. But it also can mean creative paralysis that freezes us into doing nothing. Renowned textile artist Anni Albers said: "Acceptance of limitations, as a framework rather than a hindrance, is always proof of a productive mind." Purposely constraining ourselves can actually drive our creativity. That’s why we’ll compose in small spaces. In limiting ourselves, we’ll discover limitless results.

Using a variety of fabrics, yarns, threads, papers, embellishments, and whatever else is lying around, we will create abstract compositions to fit inside Strathmore photo frame cards (5x7). Each card comes with a deckle-edge envelope. Depending on the arrangement created, the cards can remain simply a loosening-up exercise in joyful making or they can be put to good use for holidays, birthdays, and other occasions. By inserting them in inexpensive frames, they also can become personal gifts of original art. They can be the beginning of a series or a way to whittle down a stack of scraps. Recycle, reuse, repurpose.

Each participant will go home with two or more cards that are finished in class or further elaborated at home. They can be entirely fresh and different from what you usually create or an expression of your signature style.

About the Teacher

Mirka Knaster is a fiber artist who views every work of fiber as a journey into color, line, texture, pattern, shape and space. Her pieces emerge intuitively or serendipitously, and she cites East Asian aesthetics, 20th-century abstract art and meditation practice as her most important influences.

Her award-winning 2-D and 3-D works have been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and art centers. She has taught and given presentations in the US and South Korea and served as curator or co-curator of fiber art shows in California and Nevada. She has helped to organize and facilitate textile tours to South Korea.

Mirka has journeyed far and wide in her lifetime; born along the Adriatic Sea, she was educated on the east and west coasts of the US where she earned her BA, MA and PhD. She has lived in the Andes, Blue Ridge Mountains and Hawaiian Islands, and traversed much of Latin America, Europe, Asia, southern Africa, New Zealand and beyond.

She now works from her studio perched on the Sonoma coast of northern California, where an environment dominated by the Pacific Ocean provides constant inspiration.