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Fun With Embroidery, Botanicals, and LED Lights

12/10/2022 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm CST

Join artist, Haerim Lee, for this fun & interactive workshop that combines botany, embroidery, & LED lights to make unique illuminated art.

Join artist and art education, Haerim Lee, for this fun and interactive workshop that combines botany, embroidery, and LED lights to make a unique illuminated Botanical Illustration.

In this 3 hour workshop, participants will learn how to create soft circuitry (electrical circuits made from fabric or cloth) and create their own embroidery integrating natural sources with LED light. Each participant will bring his or her favorite plant to class as inspiration. In the workshop, participants will learn about the contemporary artists, Meredith Woolnough and Kazuhito Takadoi, who use plant imagery and embroidery to make beautiful and meaningful works of art. Then, they will choose a fabric and begin sketching their plant, while integrating light source that they will have marked with a dot on their fabric. After the sketches are complete, the students will embroider their chosen plants, using at least three different thread colors. Lastly, students will insert their LED lights into their embroidered creations, sewing with conductive thread to attach the light to a battery power source. All materials are included in the cost of the class.


Haerim Lee (Aka Rim Lee) is Chicago-based artist and art educator. Her practice is community-oriented. She completed her MFA in the Painting and Drawing department, as well as MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She has had solo shows at Gallery Noone (2017) and Kasia Kay Art Project (2012) in Chicago, and Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art (2012) in South Korea. She participated in group shows including The Body (2010) as a part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, Out of Context (2019) at Chicago Artist Coalition, Artists Run Chicago 2.0 at Hyde Park Art Center, and Young Eunji Connecting Memories: Consistently (2020) at Youngun Museum of Contemporary Art in S. Korea. She was awarded the Downtown Gary Public Art Competition from the Legacy Foundation (2017) as well as Make Together (2020) from the Hyde Park Art Center. She was a resident artist in Hatch Projects Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition (2018) and a Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center (2018).



If you can’t make it to a class, you can transfer your ticket to someone else. Please email indigo@rebuildingexchange.org with their name and email address.

If Rebuilding Exchange needs to cancel a workshop, we will notify you 24 hours before the class and give you the option of refund or reschedule.

We do not currently offer other refunds or transfers between classes.


Your safety is our highest priority at Rebuilding Exchange, so we have put safety protocols in place for all of our in-person workshops to keep everyone safe. Those protocols are:

  • Reduced class sizes (no more than 8 participants in a class).
  • All instructors, assistants, and participants will be required to wear masks while attending workshops (we do not have enough masks to provide to everyone, so you will be required to provide your own mask).
  • Instructors and participants may be required to have their temperature taken (using a touchless thermometer) prior to the start of the class.
  • Social distancing will be implemented when possible and appropriate.
  • Breaks will be provided during the class for handwashing.
  • Everyone should follow recommended safety precautions, such as coughing into your elbow and refraining from touching their face.
  • All of the tools, equipment, door handles, cabinet and drawer handles, etc. that are touched will be disinfected both before and after the workshop.

Workshop Policies: Please review policies below before committing to a workshop.

  • If Rebuilding Exchange needs to cancel a workshop, we will notify you 24 before the class and give you the option of refund or reschedule;
  • If you are unable to attend your one-time workshop, email us 48-hours before the class starts. If you are unable to make your series class, email us one week before the class starts; and
  • Materials are included in the fee for the workshop.

We are not able to accommodate last minute attendees. If a workshop is sold out, there are no open spots.


10:30 am - 1:30 pm CST


ReBuilding Exchange
1740 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614 United States


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