A Class Not to be Dismissed

Oil and Cotton

Amy Adams
October 02, 2012

“Kids are intimidated by realism. Adults are intimidated by modernism.” So says Oil and Cotton co-owner Kayli House Cusick who, along with partner Shannon Driscoll, welcomes anyone who’s ever wanted to explore the space between academic art, hand craftsmanship and human ingenuity to their Bishop Arts storefront. In any given month, you’ll find beginner-friendly workshops for adults on figure drawing, copper-plate printmaking, embroidery, calligraphy, basket weaving, jewelry making, silkscreen printing and more, along with weekly classes geared specifically for tots to teens. Everything is taught by professionals with serious cred — and, in an effort to up the ante, the pair recently formed a collaboration with the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. On Saturday, October 13, artist Pat Hickman, recipient of two National Endowment of the Arts grants, will head to Oil and Cotton after her UNT lecture to conduct a workshop entitled “Inner Membranes: Gutwork,” where students experiment and discover ways of working with — there’s no pretty way of saying this — hog intestines as a skin membrane. (A quick glimpse at images from Hickman’s current Dartmouth exhibit, “Traces of Time,” proves the results can be breathtaking.) Cusick, a piano teacher and children’s arts curriculum writer, and Driscoll, an arts conservator, also house the occasional pop-up shop, and sublet space to local furniture maker Kyle Hobratschk — all a testament to their “make do with what you’ve got” ethos. 837 W. 7th St., 214.942.0474; oilandcotton.com.