Teacher Feature | Boriana Kantcheva

Here at Maud Morgan Arts – two Saturday’s (April 7th & 14th) will be devoted to an amazing Silk Screen workshop led by the talented Boriana Kantcheva.

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Kantcheva, originally from Bulgaria has lived and worked in the Boston area for over 18 years. ‘She has received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University joint degree program. She has worked as an assistant teacher at the Carpenter Center for Visual and Environmental Studies where she has received several Harvard University Certificates of Distinction in Teaching awards.’ And is currently Maud Morgan Arts Center Gallery Coordinator at the Chandler Gallery.  You can see Kantcheva’s artwork at 13 Forest Gallery (in Arlington) or in Boston’s bustling South End Arts District (SoWA) at Bromfield Gallery.

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Kantcheva’s work ‘has always been about a varied cast of characters form hybrid shapes to fictional personages that exist somewhere between reality and imagination. As long as I can remember, creatures both terrifying and humorous have always been a part of my life. Monsters, ghost stories, horror movies and dreams have fascinated me since childhood. Some of these characters are an exaggerated reference to cellular structures, organisms and the body. Inspiration for these creatures comes from many diverse sources.

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Thanks to advances in biotechnologies we are allowed to see a complex and alien universe that was previously unseen. Other sources include mythologies, folklore, faire tales and sci-fi movies, for they are filled with hybrid creatures, shape shifters and monsters. Essentially, my work is a search for a visual representation of this world inhabited by illusive yet familiar characters that could be beautiful and appealing, comical and at times terrifying and repulsive.’

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Silk Screen Class In this two day (7th & 14th) intensive workshop students will be introduced to silkscreen basics. We will examine different ways of making a screen. On April 7, students will explore traditional screen-printing techniques such as stencils and the use of drawing fluid and screen filler.

On April 14, students will be introduced to photo emulsion and the appropriate ways to generate film positives.

Silkscreen is one of the most versatile printmaking processes. Students will be encouraged to print on variety of materials from paper to wood panels, Plexiglas, cloth and canvas. We will use Speedball Acrylic inks. Bring ideas and see how they can be transformed and enriched by the screen printing process. Take this workshop as  one day or take both days. Click here for registration details!

See more of Boriana’s work on her Instagram @boriana_kantcheva

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