Low-Relief Wood Sculpting

Humaira Abid is a contemporary artist from Pakistan who works with wood. Her recent work combines traditional miniature painting with wood sculpture. Her work examines women’s roles, relationships, and taboos from a cross-cultural perspective.
Humaira Abid picks up ordinary images from everyday life and makes them extraordinary. Her basic interest is situations in ‘relationships’ and their after effects. Some of her work is humorous, some ironical. Her themes are timeless. The presentation is contemporary. She turns, carves, constructs in wood and combines it with different mediums with great skill and detailing.
Abid is one of a small number of female sculptors to rise to the top of her field. Her commitment to her artistic career is illustrated by her continuous pursuit and participation in art residencies, art exhibitions, symposiums and workshops.

Abid’s work has been reviewed by the Seattle Times, the Stranger, KUOW Public Radio, the Seattle Weekly and the Huffington Post. She has appeared in the Stranger’s Arts & Performances Quarterly magazine, Sculptural Pursuit, American art collector magazine and in-flight magazine of AIR INDIA. Documentaries have been produced on Abid’s work by PBS KCTS9 TV Chanel (which got nominated for NW Emmy Awards) and Bellevue Arts Museum, WA, USA.

She has exhibited her exquisite work nationally and internationally including in Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Mauritius, Nepal, Kenya, Dubai, Bolivia, Germany, Russia, UK, USA and won many awards and grants. Abid recently got awarded Artist Trust Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums throughout the world and been published in books, catalogues and newspapers internationally.

1:30-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
Please bring all material on the first day of our class.

  • 12 X 12 X 2 inches basswood (slight variation is ok)
  • Four basic carving tools (1/8e, D12/6, D7/14, D8/7, see photo) Recommended brand: PFEIL Swiss made (available at woodcraft store Seattle. Consult Mr. ‘Saman’ at Store if you have any difficulty finding/identifying)

    Basic carving tools

  • Slip strop (flexcut) see photo
  • 1-2 wire-end/basic clay modeling/carving tools
  • Board to make clay relief (same size as wood for carving)
  • Cloth (to keep clay relief wet) and plastic wrap
  • Sketchbook and sketching pencil
  • Wood files/Rasp (discuss with instructor in the beginning of class what’s best for the chosen form/idea)
  • Carvers wood mallet
  • Tool case (to secure and transport wood carving tools)
  • Sand paper (discuss with instructor in the beginning of class what’s the best size/sizes for the chosen form/idea)
  • Stain, wax or color finish according to idea (no need to buy in advance, as it will be used towards the end of workshop. Discuss with instructor before purchasing)
Carve wood sculptures with basic hand tools. Learn to create a low relief sculpture using wood carving tools and chisels. The course will begin with sketching ideas on paper, selecting the best idea to create an initial low relief in clay, and learn to carve and mold in clay before proceeding to sculpt the relief in wood. Toward the end of the course we will explore the possibility of using found or personal objects to combine with our work to explore your creative and experimental space.