January: Abigail Kokai, Modern Quilter

Penske Truck, 2011

ABIGAIL KOKAI, our first resident in 2015, offers work that is at once future-looking, firmly rooted in the present, and informed by the past.  As a modern quilter who uses her medium to create “tactile illustration” that “preserves the mundane visual moments” of everyday life, Ms. Kokai aims for her work to preserve history, including her own participation in it as an observer.

From Georgia, Ms. Kokai has degree in Industrial design and Fibers.

For more information about Ms. Kokai, visit her website: abigailkokai.weebly.com

WORKSHOP: EVERYDAY STORIESVerbal Dishwater, 2011
Saturday, January 17 | 10am-12pm
free | limited to 10
registration required

This two-hour workshop facilitated by Sure’s Place artist-in-residence Abigail Kokai will guide participants through the process of representational illustration using fabric. Participants will prepare a mundane concept/story and draw a simple illustration of the concept. From there, participants will use fabric and thread to build a tactile collage of the illustration.

No sewing experience needed.   Adhesives will be provided for non-sewers.
All materials provided. 

WORKSHOP: TACTILE IDENTITIES: SELF PORTRAITS IN FABRIC
Saturday, January 24 | 10am-12pm
free| limited to 10
registration required

During this two-hour workshop facilitated by Surel’s Place artist-in-residence Abigail Kokai, participants will create self-portraits using tactile media. We will use abstract elements (symbols, shapes, found objects) to assemble a mini-quilt that constructs an image representing their own personality.

No sewing experience needed. Adhesives will be provided for non-sewers.
All materials provided. 

EXHIBITION & ART TALK: GARDEN VARIETY CITY
Thursday, January 29 | 6:30pm-8:30pm
free

A tactile collection of experiences that construct a visual identity of the community Ms. Kokai encounters during her residency. Work will represent the daily goings on of Garden City and Boise, capturing the mundane in innovative ways that reflect everyday surprise and beauty.

The exhibited work will include drawing, painting on fabric, sewing and, quilt construction and will offer an installation that invites viewer participation by contributing themselves.

All events at SUREL’S PLACE
212 E 33rd St | Garden City, ID