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February 21, 2023 6:00–8:00 pm
Duke Arts House, 2101 Campus Drive
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Embroidery on photos

Partnership with Duke Arts Create

Taught by Shelbi Polk

About the Workshop

In this class, we’ll practice using embroidery on paper to highlight the natural beauty of vintage photographs and create a new piece of art. You’ll learn the basics of embroidery and how to use the practice on materials other than fabric. We’ll have materials you can work with, or you can bring your own photos!

About the Instructor

Shelbi Polk is a writer and artist who has been embroidering since her childhood in Texas. She studied literature and actually gets to use that knowledge, both in her freelance writing career and in her fiber arts practice, where she creates works that draw on her love of ancient archetypes. Shelbi moved to North Carolina for a fellowship at the News & Observer in 2018, and she’s been haunting Durham coffee shops ever since.

About the Location

This workshop meets in the Duke Arts House on 2102 Campus Drive.

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).