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December 9, 2019 7:00–9:00 pm
Bell Tower Dormitory- Classroom 110
Special Topics

Paper Circuit Holiday Card Making

Taught by River Takada-Capel and Anna Wallace
Duke Create poster

About the Workshop

Take a break from studying and join us at the Bell Tower dormitory on East Campus as we make holiday cards and enjoy some refreshments. Instructors will guide you through the process of bringing your paper circuit cards to life. Use copper tape, a coin battery and LED lights, and watch your designs light up! All decorating materials, including stamps, stickers, paint, etc. will be provided.  Join the Bell Tower House Council, DukeCreate, and Roots Co-Lab for this special event!

About the Instructors

Anna Wallace is a current resident and native of Durham, North Carolina. She holds a B.F.A. in ceramics from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and an M.F.A. in studio art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Teaching has become an integral part of Anna’s artistic practice. She teaches at UNC-Greensboro and High Point University, and is the lead visual arts instructor at the North Carolina Governor’s School West.

Much of Anna’s work infiltrates, as if the rugs, chairs, and vessels sprouted legs and marched out of the home and into the white box of the gallery. The colors, pattern density, and visual stimulation demand we pay attention. Her practice spans sculpture, installation, and performance. The way Anna handles each process is not dissimilar to the management of a home, bouncing from one thing to the next. Her work demonstrates an infatuation with female labor and the practices of women’s work.

In addition to Anna’s studio art practice, she designs and creates several collections of sustainably produced products. Her pottery collection is made to seamlessly integrate into any existing kitchen, yet has a unique whimsical quality. The garment collection embraces slow fashion. Each item is sewn entirely from locally sourced vintage and remnant textiles—down to the thread.


River Takada-Capel is a Durham-based textile artist and freelance teacher. She has a small-batch production company, RIVTAK, established in 2007, now selling hand-crafted products in 12 independently owned shops.

Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Carrboro, NC, River grew up with an appreciation for the constant change in nature and the beauty of functional art. She loves to work with kids and adults, empowering folks by sharing the creative and vocational powers of sewing and other textile skills. River is an arts and LGBTQ community advocate who turned her dream of creative and social practice into a passionate career. On most days, you’ll either find her designing, sewing, or screen printing inside her Golden Belt studio or you’ll find her outside, dyeing fabric.

When River is not working for her business, she is teaching fiber arts at community centers around the state. She has taught at The ArtsCenter, The Scrap Exchange, ArtSpace, The NC Museum of Art, Freeman’s Creative, NCSU Craft Center and many small private groups.

About the Location

This workshop will meet on East Campus, in the Bell Tower classroom, 113.  Signs will be located outside the building to direct you: get directions.

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. 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 only 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).