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November 22, 2022 6:00–8:00 pm
Duke Arts Annex

Folded Poetry

Partnership with DukeCreate & DuWell

Taught by Eliza Redmann

About the Workshop

At the crossroads of technology and art, this class provides everything you need to create your own geometric sculpture made from folded paper. Using your hands you will assemble laser-cut paper forms into a sculptural composition which is uniquely your own. In the age of instant gratification and automated everything, this is an opportunity to connect with your inner creative to produce a mesmerizing one-of-a-kind handmade piece of art.

About the Instructor

Eliza Redmann

My name is Eliza Redmann – I am a sculptor, architect, and founder of Folded Poetry design studio based in Durham. I am originally from Minnesota, and moved to the Triangle in 2013 to complete my Masters of Architecture at NCSU College of Design. When a car accident upended my health, personal life, and career as an architect, I was forced to reinvent myself. I found a way to utilize my creative potential for healing by creating art.

The bedrock of Folded Poetry is the use of a small number of simple forms which can be arranged to create complex geometries. These designs are inspired by persistent visual disturbances caused by my traumatic brain injury. Often when I look at patterns, they appear to swim or move on their own accord, much like an optical illusion. Through this work I seek to capture the structure of regular patterns and shapes, while adding a layer of geometric information which the eyes and brain can’t quite make sense of. My work challenges the viewer to perceive outside of what is normal or traditional, just as I must now live, adapt, and navigate the world in new ways. This art has been the primary driver behind the recreation of my health and the reimagining of my life’s purpose.

About the Location

This workshop will meet in the Duke Arts Annex: get directions.

Address: 404 Gattis St, Durham, NC 27701

About DukeCreate

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are typically held weeknights 6-8pm.

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance. Registration for the following week’s DukeCreate workshops goes live on Friday mornings – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot!  Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).