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Public Workshop and Open Studio | From Paper to Fabric

Join CAMHLAB artist-in-residence Dana Caldera for a final workshop and open studio at Montrose Collective.

The gallery will be open for a public workshop consisting of a community sewing circle from 9–11AM, followed immediately by open studio from 11AM–3PM. Over the course of the residency, Caldera has produced large fabric works for her newest project, From Paper to Fabric. By incorporating paper and found textiles, she explores the intersection of quilt and collage and ideas of sentimentality through this layered, multimedia process.

Location and Accessibility

Montrose Collective
888 Westheimer Road, Suite 159
Houston, Texas 77006

Families and visitors of all ages are welcome to visit the studio at Montrose Collective. The studio will be set up safely for children and there will be an area for young kids to play.

Sewing Circle Event | 9–11AM

Sewing circles have historically offered a place for community, education, event organizing, and conversation. Bring a personal creative project to work on, such as a knitting project or a sketchbook, and join in the hand sewing! No experience is necessary as these events are open to people of all ages and abilities.

In this creative collaboration, attendees will engage in conversation with other group members. Refreshments will be available and families are welcome to attend. The studio will be set up safely for children and there will be an area for young kids to play.

Open Studio | 11AM–3PM

Visitors are welcome during open studio hours after the workshop to meet the artist, see the works on view, or simply engage in conversation. During this time, Caldera will talk about her process, her CAMHLAB residency, and other projects new and old.

About the Artist

Dana Caldera is a mixed-media visual artist living and working in Houston, Texas. She earned her MFA in Studio Art in 2017 and currently teaches art at two local colleges. She is also a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Team member at CAMH. Caldera’s pieces combine found collage material, handmade paper, textiles, painting, and drawing into intricately layered compositions. Her work has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions in Texas, including the 2017 Texas National Show at Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches, the 2017 and 2018 Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art Show at Williams Tower Gallery, and the 2016 and 2017 Rising Eyes of Texas Shows at Rockport Art Center. Notable jurors who have selected her work include Benito Huerta, Clint Willour, D.M. Allison, and Jose Esparza Chong Cuy. In 2019, her work was featured in Concrete & Adrift: On the Poverty Line, a group exhibition at the Alexandria Museum of Art, Louisiana. In 2021, she presented her work in Are These Portraits?, a solo exhibition at The Silos at Sawyer Yards.


CAMHLAB is an ongoing artist-in-residence initiative that gives the Museum to artists and supports them working within, and in partnership with, CAMH to develop new work and ideas. Through both short-term residencies and long-term collaborations with artists, CAMHLAB offers critical and early-stage direct support of artists’ process and production of new work. CAMHLAB residencies seek to directly connect artists and audiences through unexpected and unforgettable experiences of contemporary art. Learn more about the program here.