January 2024 – Subtraction cutting

Winter gets really cold and snowy here in Iowa so our January and February meetings are usually on Zoom. This month, we welcomed Carolyn Chen who introduced us to Subtraction Cutting, a method of cutting and removing fabric to create unusual shapes that lead to creative and wearable art from flat fabric. 

Carolyn manipulating fabric on a dress form, and a dress she made using this technique.

The gist of it is that you cut out what looks like an overly long, rather oddly shaped garment, and then drape and fold the fabric in various ways to form a unique piece of wearable art.

This red dress, well, all of us oohed and aahed over it. And Carolyn shared with us that all those reds are one fabric – with very wide stripes of different reds. It looks quite interesting, right?

Red dress made by Carolyn Chen using the Subtraction Cutting method.

You’d think we could have done Show & Tell over Zoom, but no. Everyone logged off in a hurry, so I’m assuming they all went looking for a doll or a 1/4 size dressform to try out this fun creative technique.

See you on Zoom in February!

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