Storytelling with Photo Embroidery and Mixed Media
© Jolanda Drukker Murray

Storytelling with Photo Embroidery and Mixed Media

Dates: Tuesdays, Oct 17–Nov 14, 2023
Time: 11am–1pm (ET)
Sessions: 5
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $360
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Most of our pictures exist on either a digital display or as a mostly two-dimensional print. In this class, you’ll take your photos into the third dimension by incorporating embroidery and mixed media, expanding the depth and richness of their meaning and storytelling. Using a variety of creative methods — cutting, glueing, embroidery, photo transfer on fabric, letter embroidery, and more — you can create an intimate and unique object that better tells your individual, personal story. By exploring the surface of a print with different techniques and materials, a new story will arise. Through discussion, we'll examine the process of deciding when and how to hide, change, or emphasize the story of a picture. You’ll be introduced to different techniques using relatively simple tools like scissors, glue, needle and thread, a printer, some fabric — no embroidery skills are necessary.


I really enjoyed the class! I've been wanting to do embroidery for a while but haven't known where to start. Jolanda did a great job showing us a wide range of techniques and inspirations, and challenged us to create every week. I honestly thought the class was perfect. I plan to continue doing embroidery work on my photos.
—Drew (Minneapolis)
I loved the embroidery class! Jolanda was a truly inspiring instructor. She provided a perfect mix of teaching/demonstrating specific embroidery stitches, collage techniques, and working with fabric, and commenting on and encouraging student work. I also appreciated her very thorough class notes, illustrated with examples she had shown in class. Jolanda emphasized the thought processes of making art, thinking about the “why” of what we were doing, which was eye-opening and inspiring. Thank you for offering this great class!
—Dorothea (New York City)

Jolanda Drukker Murray
Jolanda Drukker Murray

Jolanda Drukker Murray is a contemporary sculptor and textile artist based in Utrecht (The Netherlands). She studied art history at Leiden University and attended a program at Artibus Art School Utrecht with a focus on ceramics and bronze. She began collecting fabrics and creating wall hangings which were exhibited in several shows. She also created a “Circle of Life in 10 Kimonos” for the Kröller-Müller Museum. Jolanda specializes in “documentary embroidery”: telling stories using embroidery as well as mixed media techniques on photos and pictures from magazines. Her latest textile installation Stonehenge is a combination of photo embroidery, embroidery. and stitch work. She is currently working on Dialogue between Photography and Embroidery, an artbook in which she is embroidering on photos by the Dutch photographer Milja Markies.

Jolanda teaches embroidery and mixed media techniques   for StrudelmediaLive.