Carrie Miller, “(Pass) Through” (detail)

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August 2018

Linoleum Relief Carving & Printing on Fabric with Jeanne Brady

August 24-August 28 Layton, PA United States

This workshop is a fresh approach to the art of traditional relief block carving and printing on fabric. Demonstrations and specific exercises will teach skills in working from ideas to designs to cutting linoleum blocks and printing on fabric using non-toxic, water-based, high quality textile pigments. From these basics, we will explore the many interesting variations in registration, color overlays, and additional detailing to create multi-layered hand printed fabrics for future projects. Textile pigments are permanent once heat set, and…

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Exploration of Hand Painted Silk

August 24-August 25 Columbia, NC United States

Instructor: Traci Paden. In this dynamic workshop you will discover the magic of dye on silk. You will create your own scarf and wall hanging. We will use professional quality silk dyes and resisted resist. Participants will be guided through the entire process of realizing a design on a scarf and then a second scarf or a wall hanging. This workshop will cover design and color theory, with a focus on silk technique and project completion. ALL LEVELS Session runs…

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Textile Center presents exhibitions by Jiseon Lee Isbara and Susie Taylor

August 30-October 27 Minneapolis, MN United States

Two accomplished artists are featured at Textile Center this fall, with exhibitions contrasting divergent approaches to artistic practice. Similarly, both bring their ideas to fruition through the history, processes, and materials of textiles. Portland-based Lee Isbara’s approach addresses the development of a visual vocabulary over time. With this, she communicates concept and emotion in mirroring her own life as a displaced person conversant in the language and culture of two countries, but not considered a full-fledged member of either one.…

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September 2018

Paper Marbling with Leslie Grossman

September 1-September 2 Layton, PA United States

Join us for a comprehensive introduction to the centuries-old process of floating paint onto a water-based bath, creating patterns in the paints with special tools, and permanently transferring the design onto paper. You will learn all the fundamentals of marbling, from mixing the bath, prepping the paper, and making your own tools, to learning traditional patterns and creating your own. You will take home finished papers ready to use for whatever you wish - book covers and endpapers, collages, jewelry,…

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Introduction to Natural Dyes with Natalie Stopka

September 15-September 16 Layton, PA United States

Participants in this weekend intensive will be introduced to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, extracting color from a variety of plant materials, and fixing natural dyes to fabric. We’ll discuss the history of natural dye use, and explore some contemporary applications of pattern. You may bring along natural fiber materials you wish to experiment with in the dye pot. No previous experience is required.

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SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY IN TEXTILES with Myrrhia Resneck

September 15 10:00 am-11:00 am San Francisco, CA United States

Textile Arts Council presents a talk by Myrrhia Resneck, Technical Designer and Knitwear Engineer for Bolt Threads, Inc., an American-based biotech company creating next generation, high performance fabrics. Myrrhia Resneck uses Stoll industrial knitting machines to create products for Bolt Threads in Emeryville, CA. Bolt Threads uses genetically modified yeast to produce proteins that are turned into fibers and yarns. Myrrhia produced their debut product in March 2017, a “spider silk” tie. Working with Stella McCartney, Myrrhia produced a “spider…

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Hare Raising Workshop

September 23-September 30 Ennis, MT United States

Witty Exploration Crafting a 3-D Animal Sculpture w/ British Textile Taxidermist, Donya Coward.  

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Mixed Media Encaustic: Surface Design & Layers

September 24-September 28 La Pointe, WI United States

Lorraine Glessner shares all of her secrets for combining encaustic and fiber, from surface design on fabric to stencils to encaustic painting and collage. This workshop focuses on the creation of expressive personal surfaces and complex, multi-layered pieces utilizing and in combination with encaustic painting techniques. With an emphasis on mixed media, methods and materials covered in this workshop include the use of organic and geometric form, realistic and abstract imagery, patterned collage, stencils, candy molds, drawing with horse hair, pyrography…

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Workshop: Skins and Skeletons: 3D Textile Constructions

September 30-October 6 Williamsburg, MA United States

In this experimental workshop, Skins and Skeletons, participants will first learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, and wire. Methods will include various lashing techniques, chaotic plaiting, and wire construction processes. Next, we’ll cover a broad array of approaches for building skins onto these structures using gut, rice papers, elastic fabrics, and nets. Media to further modify these “skins,” such as wax, polymers and a graphite/shellac paint will be presented. Participants…

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Fiber With A Cause Master Fiber Labs

September 30-November 3 Washington, DC United States

Fiber With A Cause facilitates fiber arts labs that offer artists the ability to expand their fiber techniques with affordable classes. All of our Master Teachers have over 15 – 20 years experience in their craft and run fulltime fiber art businesses. Our focus will be on crochet, knitting, and weaving. Students will complete custom wearable products in each lab.

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