|January 2nd – 31st, 2015
Opening reception Saturday, Jan. 3rd from 4-6 pm
Emily Schnellbacher explores the parallels between nature and man through a combination of soft sculptures, installation,
photography, and painting. Her expressions span the physical, psychological, and philosophical commonalities between the two. In combining a range of poetic motifs while retaining a certain ambiguity, Schnellbacher invites viewers to excavate the works’ layers and create individual associations and narratives. As humans’ lives are so intimately tied to fabric, textiles play a large role in Schnellbacher’s studio practice. Fabric elicits a certain nostalgia and references the domestic. It is also the shelter humans carry throughout their lives and into the world.
In addition to fabric’s conceptual
significance, Schnellbacher enjoys the material and aesthetic challenges it presents.“My favorite fabrics are those I obtain second hand that embody their own history. The Resource Exchange offers a wonderful assortment of salvaged materials that I’ve used in numerous pieces. I especially love and have incorporated their velvets and embroidery and sewing threads into recent work.”All of Emily's work pictured here incorporate reclaimed materials from The Resource Exchange, like scrap fabrics, needles, thread, and embroidery supplies like floss and hoops!
Schnellbacher received her BFA from Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She exhibits regularly in both group and solo shows, and currently lives and works in Philadelphia. See more of Emily's work on her website.
January reCreate Workshop: Eco Soft Sculpture - Giving New Life to Old Materials
Sunday, January 11th 12:30-3:30
reCreate Featured Artist Emily Schnellbacher will be teaching the basics of creating soft sculptures from recycled and reclaimed materials. The complexity of each sculpture will vary to suite each participant's age and skill level. Emily will have a sewing machine on hand to assist with any sculptures that need a machine. Participants may also bring their own sewing machines and/or come prepared to hand stitch so that you can take away your very own hand made soft sculpture at the end of the workshop!
$5 per person Space is limited, so call
or email us at
-The Resource Exchange will provide thread and needles. You may bring any materials you'd like to incorporate into your sculpture. A wide selection of low cost fabrics and supplies can also be purchased from our inventory of reclaimed materials during the workshop.
Find out more about our workshops here!