Meet an instructor: Cayce Lee

By CAM Raleigh | November 22, 2011


Cayce Lee, instructor for CAM Raleigh's textile workshop

Cayce Lee, an active artist, busy grad student, and veteran teacher, was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself and her upcoming workshop at CAM Raleigh.

In this  workshop, inspired by Alabama Chanin's work in Deep Surface, students will create scarves using reverse appliqué techniques. It will be held on Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (rescheduled from December 3). There are a few spaces remaining, check it out here if you'd like to sign up for this exciting workshop!

***Update: This workshop is open to ages 14+ including high school and college students and adults!

Here's what Cayce has to say:

What do you do? Right now, I'm making fiber-based sculpture and installation work with metal, plastic, and glass.

How did you get to where you are today? I went to undergrad at Duke and majored in Art and Sociology. Then I started working at art-based non-profits where I found that I loved teaching, which led to a job teaching art at an elementary school in Winston-Salem for about five years. At the same time, I got really immersed in my studio practice, which led me to grad school in Fibers and Surface Design at the College of Design at NCSU, where I also teach intro courses in Art and Design.

Why are you teaching this workshop? I first learned about Natalie Channin's work because she was a graduate of the grad program I'm in right now. Her work is inspiring not only because it's beautiful, but it also helps the economy of the local community where she grew up. I love teaching classes where you get to leave wearing something one-of-a-kind that you made in just a few hours!

What can participants expect to do, learn, or make in your workshop? We'll be making reverse appliqué scarves inspired by the fashion of Alabama Channin. We'll start by learning about Natalie Channin's work, then design templates for the motifs on our scarves, followed by a quick stitching demo, then cut and sew away!

What's your favorite material? Right now—rusted metal.

Favorite color or color palette? Is that a trick question? 

Best thing you've ever made? New friends.

Favorite place? The Y.

Favorite designer? Roberto Cavalli. His sense of style is fearless—I love how he mixes unexpected prints together and often adds leather details. His clothes make women look beautiful and edgy at the same time.

Favorite artist? Right now, Cal Lane because she can do incredible things with an oxy acetylene torch—she turns rusted objects into lace!

Most important thing to remember when desiging/making? Stay loose and try not to be too perfectionistic—making is about getting into a flow, and being overly concerned with little mistakes makes it difficult to get into a good rhythm.

Favorite object or tool? A crochet hook—it's a super simple device, you can take it anywhere, and you don't have to be very precise to make something amazing with it.

Anything else we should know? I'm also a member of the Common Seam Collective (CSC), a collective of fiber artists that was founded here in Raleigh. You can check out pics of my work on our website: thecommonseam.com. Also, if you happen to be in Winston-Salem, check out the Out of Fashion show at SECCA (the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) where you can see a collaborative piece I worked on with a few other collective members—the show is up until March 4th.


Detail image of Cayce Lee's work

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