About The Class

Instructor: Mo Kelman

Medium: Fiber 3D

Workshop Title: Skins and Skeletons

In this experimental workshop, you will learn methods for building skeletal structures with reed, rattan, bamboo, and wire. Our methods will include lashing techniques, chaotic plaiting, and wire construction. You will then build skins onto these structures, learning techniques for working with rice papers, nets, elastic fabrics, wax, and gut (sausage casings, optional). Skins may be further modified with shellac, graphite solutions and colorants. No previous experience with these materials is required.

Materials List. Click here for a list of supplies that you will need to bring for this workshop.

About The Instructor

mo kelman

mo kelman

Mo Kelman’s artwork combines membrane-like materials with lashed skeletal structures. Her current tensile sculptures are inspired by ephemeral phenomena—clouds, smoke, and steam. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Kelman has exhibited her work in more than fifty exhibitions around the world.  She is a professor emeritus of art at the Community College of Rhode Island, and has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Massachusetts College of Art, and the Rhode Island School of Design.



  • Application Fee: $50.00

  • Residents: $1,300.00
    (Tuition, Fees, Room & Board, Tuesday dinner through Sunday lunch)

  • Commuters: $1,050.00
    (Tuition, Fees, Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday dinner through Sunday lunch)

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In an unpredictable world, there is comfort in giving shape to flexible materials and fastening loose ends.
— Mo Kelman

Mo Kelman

These photos are representative of the instructor’s work, not necessarily of work that will be produced during the workshop.

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