In 2018, Studio Two Three’s Rockstar Series is bringing stellar artists from near and far to teach, talk and share their magic. The Rockstar Series is a partnership between Studio Two Three, Quirk Gallery, Current Books, the ICA at VCU and others.

So what is it? The Rockstar Series brings artists to the studio to share their art-making skills while they get a taste of our wonderful city. Rockstars share their awesomeness with an artist talk and two-day intensive workshop at Studio Two Three highlighting their rockin’ technique, process and concept. During their time in Richmond, out-of-town Rockstars will stay in a local haunt and get the lay of the land from Richmonders - they might just fall in love and never leave.


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Come learn from Richmond's master of free motion sewing, ROCKSTAR Michael-Birch Pierce!! Learn to utilize the free-motion machine quilting technique to create one of a kind embroidered patches, lace, and appliqués. Students will gain the skills to truly customize their clothes, accessories, and art work by learning to draw with thread and machine. Some machine sewing experience is recommended. 

MICHAEL-BIRCH PIERCE is a fiber artist and fashion designer. He received a B.F.A. in fashion design from VCU where he now teaches Fashion Design and ArtsFoundation. He also studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design for an M.F.A. in fibers with a focus on embroidery and embellishment. He has completed artist residencies in Hong Kong and Lacoste, France and exhibited in numerous galleries and museums both domestically and abroad including the Obama White Hous, Design/Miami, SXSW, and NY Fashion Week. The recipient of the 2015 Pollak Prize in Applied Arts, Pierce is represented by Quirk Gallery.


Who Is This Guy?

Tim Eads was born in Denver City, TX. He was a creative kid - his mind bursting with color and design that he just couldn’t wait to share with the world. Tim decided to turn his passion into a career and figured the best way to do that was with a degree in graphic design. Unfortunately, tuition is expensive. Fortunately, he started screen printing to pay for that degree and that’s when things really fell into place. It was 1997 and he’s never looked back.

From Cranbrook Academy of Art to a stint in Mexico, Tim Eads has worked as a graphic designer, art instructor, master printer, and artist for over 20 years. He was a Master Printer and Project Manager at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia from 2009-2015 and he’s called Philly home ever since. He currently works with talented artisans in his low-waste, sustainable workshop to bring his vibrant designs to life.




Presenting Partner: Current Books

Christopher Kardambikis explores space, process, and form through books, printmaking, and drawing. He has co-founded three artist book and zine projects: Encyclopedia Destructica in Pittsburgh, Gravity and Trajectory in San Diego, and 90 Proof Press in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

Christopher is the host of Paper Cuts, a program on Clocktower Radio that documents the contemporary world of zines and DIY publishing.  In the fall of 2016, Christopher joined the faculty at George Mason University as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Navigation Press. 

Presenting Partner: Quirk Gallery

Emmy Bright is a beautiful genius. They spent two weeks working at Studio Two Three in late 2017 making some exciting new work for their show at the Quirk Mezzanine Gallery,  January 11-March 4, 2018. 

WORKSHOP: March 10, 11am-4pm



Register for the workshop $100-250 (depending on length)
Sponsor travel $500
Sponsor lodging $500
Sponsor the Rockstar Artist Talk $500
Sponsor an artist $1,000

email to discuss sponsorship and partnership options!