Soft Sculpture 2017 Summer Intensive

Dates: August 7-12, 2017

Residency Participation Fee: $999

The 5 day intensive period will consist of daily tutorial hands-on workshops, individual project development and open studio time. There are up to 12 resident artists onsite for the Soft Sculpture Summer Intensive. Your application project proposal is critical for our planning and programing for this special intensive. If you do not have a website, please send portfolio images to Applications without a website reference or portfolio submissions will not be processed. There is no application fee to apply to this program. There is a Resident Participation Fee of $999 for this special program. Session dates for this program are to be announced. 

This Soft Sculpture Intensive is open to artists with beginner to advanced experience and knowledge in both the textile technology we will cover and more traditional sewing, assembling experience. This special program is dedicated to exploring a balance of traditional techniques and how technology acts as an additional helpful tool for creating fiber based works.

  • Basic materials relevant to the workshop tutorials are provided and residents are welcome to bring their own materials, personal computers, sewing/embroidery machines and other tools. Our Textile Technology studio houses 2 sewing machines, serger, Janome felting machine, PE770 embroidery, PR1000e 10 needle digital embroidery machine, Bernina Q24 Automated Long Arm Quilting Machine and other assorted measurement and basic sewing supplies.
  • Residents will also have access to a Boss Laser machine with a 16" x 30" bed for material cutting and engraving.
  • Participating individuals are responsible for all costs relating to lodging, food, travel and other costs associated with materials or services outside of the scope of the Soft Sculpture 2017 Summer Program.
  • More traditional technical workshops such as our dimensional felting workshop will include wool roving for hands-on learning the process and experimentation, basic cotton muslin for pattern construction techniques, digital embroidery and long arm sewing.
  • Residents are responsible for any materials related to personal projects that are outside the scope of workshop tutorials.
  • All residents must bring a personal laptop with an up-to-date operating system. We highly encourage residents have Adobe Illustrator for preparing files for digital embroidery, long arm quilting and laser cutting. Residents will receive tutorials on how to design and create files for output to the digital embroidery machine, long arm machine, laser and other machines that use vector based designs .
  • Digital Embroidery: In majority of our projects we work with PE Design, Embird  and Art N Stitch software. These programs are available on our main teaching computer station. For learning purposes  we will teach Embrillance to the group, which is OSX and Windows compatible. If you have an embroidery software installed on your computer, you are welcome to bring that program. Residents who are learning digital embroidery for the first time are encourage to purchase Embrillance StitchArtist Level 1. 
  • There is no application fee to apply to this program. 
  • Please visit our FAQ page to learn more about onsite programs.

Applicants who meet the guidelines for our approval process will receive an interview request. The 15 minute interview is critical for us to learn more about your project ideas and interests in the program. After individual interviews, we will notify accepted applicants and begin the registration process.

Our studios are located in Wittman nearby St. Michael's, Maryland, a waterfront village full of bed and breakfasts, Air BNB, and other lodging accommodations. There are markets and restaurants that make St. Michael's a charming place surrounded by inspiring natural surroundings of the Chesapeake. This session is scheduled for August 7-12, 2017.


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Please tell us about yourself and your studio practice.
This intensive residency will include some time outside of workshops to pursue project ideas. Please tell us about what your learning goals are, what projects you are interested in working on while onsite and any other information such as experience working with fibers and soft sculpture whether it is with more traditional processes or digital processes.
If you have a website that can serve as your portfolio submission for this application, please enter the url above. If you do not have a personal portfolio website, then please send images and any video url links to If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

If you have questions about this program, please feel free to email us or call us at 443-770-2782.