Sculpting Textile

with Margherita Soldati

29 Jun 2019

How can one use unconventional materials and techniques to manipulate textile in a 3D shape, to create textures and patterns?

During the workshop, artist Margherita Soldati will introduce you to manipulating different types of fabric and ways to create shapes, textures and patterns. You will experiment with various materials and try out different methods, from the most traditional to the most absurd.

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Attendees touching the manipulated fabrics - Elnaz Assar

The workshop

How can we translate fabric into a 3D object? What can you make out of the fabric of a broken umbrella? How can we use heat to fold fabric into 3D textures and patterns?

During this workshop, you will learn how to manipulate textiles into 3D shapes. In just 4 hours, Soldati will teach you the many techniques she mastered over the past years. You will leave with a solid base to start your own practice of manipulating textiles and the knowledge on how to design patterns. During the workshop, you will put Soldati's techniques to practice. This includes practicing non-conventional techniques such as using clay or bio-plastic to substitute stitching, as well as using heat to transform textile into unlimited 3D shapes. This workshop is especially interesting for those wanting to work with textile and those interested in architectural shapes and sculptures. To continue your practice after the workshop, you will receive a booklet with 16 different techniques.

Margherita Soldati

In the past years, Margherita has been researching how stimulating tactility can benefit our lives, especially focusing on people suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. To show this vision, she researches specific materials and textures which could give the right sensory effect and works them into new objects, structures, and surfaces. She also looks into applying this research to small-scale projects, or even standard architectural elements.

"Her fascination for making works that explore the tactile perception comes from the belief that the body is the house of our memory and identity and that all human senses, including vision, are the extension of the sense of touch."


Workshop: Sculpting Textile with Margherita Soldati
Saturday 29th of June, 11:00 - 16:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam

Tickets: Regular €85,- / Students €59,50 (including €1,- administration fee)
Attendance limited to 12 people. We maintain a minimum of 6 participants.

Please note that this workshop will be held in English.

*We give a discount to students and artists. If this applies to you we will ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option. For questions, please send an email to