Improv Mashup, 8/18


Improv Mashup, 8/18


with Sherri Lynn Wood

Sunday August 18th, 10-5

Limit 12 students

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The goal of this patchwork improv workshop is to interrupt fixed pattern design habits of coordination, symmetry and harmony, in order to discover spontaneous aesthetic paths of design more suitable to the goals of flexible pattern work, such as diversity, mismatch, and the unexpected. We will accomplish this through a series of quick, randomly determined, improv challenges or scores. At the end of the day the all of design scores will be included in a single yet diverse composition.

Tools & Supplies to bring to class:

6 – 8 inch Dress Making Shears – make sure they are sharp

Rotary cutter with mat – leave rulers and templates at home 

Thread – medium gray blends with most fabrics


Seam ripper

Fabric marking tool – I prefer tailors chalk

Writing instrument, pen or pencil

Optional - Sewing Machine (studio has machines you can use if you would prefer)

Materials to bring to class:

Large to medium scraps or fat quarter cuts in a range of values, hues, neutrals, solids and prints. At least 50% of what you bring should be solid, non-printed fabrics. Solid fabrics are not monotone prints or hand dyed. Diversity is key. Try not to coordinate your selections. 

Estimate amounts according to your goals for the project. Keep in mind your target size, your natural pace and scale, and the 6-hr time limit of the workshop. Most likely 4 yards total will be more than enough.

Bring some scraps to share with the class.

Come with a make-do attitude and whatever you bring will be fine!

My workshops are structured with an hour of upfront instructions, demos, and brainstorming, after which I set everyone loose to sew. Please be on time to get the most of the workshop. If you are late, simply jump in where we are and do your best. Leaving early is not as critical. 

Sherri Lynn Wood is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, two MacDowell Colony Fellowships, as well as arts residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and most recently at Recology San Francisco in 2016. An interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, CA, she has exhibited and performed locally at The Lab, Southern Exposure, Adobe Books and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. She holds an MFA from Bard College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University.

Her 2015 publication The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously (Abrams) provides frameworks for creative exploration, along with practical instruction in stitching techniques and color theory.  Sherri teaches and speaks about improvisational patchwork and flexible patterning at art and craft schools, guilds, and conferences nationally and abroad. See more about Sherri HERE and @sherrilynnwood