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July 2017

Machine Knitting with Erin Castellan

July 28, 2017-August 1, 2017 Layton, PA United States

This workshop is an introduction to the creative and technical possibilities of machine knitting. Learn the basic techniques of machine knitting including the essentials of choosing yarn, calculating gauge and tension, and shaping. Then explore the possibilities of color, structural effects, material quality, and embellishments through the development of knit swatches. Improvisation and experimentation will be encouraged to create a series of unique knitted fabrics. The most interesting swatch experimentations will be further developed into knitted art pieces or simple…

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The Yoruba Blues – The unspoken language of Nigerian indigo textiles

July 28, 2017 6:00 pm-8:00 pm London, United Kingdom

Illustrated talk by Lucille Junkere.  

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Challenging Gravity

July 29, 2017 11:00 am-12:00 pm Minneapolis, MN United States

Regina V. Benson will illustrate her spatial aesthetic and how she designs textile art that hangs invisibly in convex and concave shapes. She will have a “see and touch” table with samples of the actual materials she uses in constructing the internal supports. Using images of her own works that are juxtaposed flat and dimensional, Regina will further address the planning, surface design, fabrication, and materials’ considerations that are involved in successfully floating works off the wall and ceiling.

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The Ultimate Bead Book with Gail Harker

July 30, 2017-December 4, 2017 Mt. Vernon, WA United States

Presented in three, 3-day sessions this course focuses on learning the techniques and exploiting the dramatic design impact of beads and stitching. Particular attention is paid to color ways, patterns, beaded stitches and decorative beaded edges. Students will find satisfaction in expressing their own tastes while compiling a reference book that stands as its own artistic work. View the Course Brochure for full details. 30 July - 1 August, 1 - 3 October, & 2 - 4 December 2017 (3…

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Natural Dyeing: A Color a Day with Donna Brown

July 31, 2017-August 4, 2017 Manitou, CO United States

Immerse yourself in the wonderful art of Natural Dyeing! Learn to dye protein and cellulose fabrics using a beautiful variety of natural dye extracts. Work with 24 different natural dye materials. Each student will take home a fantastic color sampler collection of fabric swatches showing all the variations of color that can be achieved with natural dyes.

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August 2017

Exploring Hand Papermaking

August 4, 2017-August 6, 2017 Smithville, TN United States

Learn the tools and techniques of Western-style hand papermaking as we explore a variety of fibers, ways to process them, forming them into sheets and drying them. Delve into recycled and locally gathered plant papers, inclusions, pigments, sizing, laminating and embedding. Learn to make paper at home.

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It’s All About the Surface – Fabric Manipulation and Surface Embellishment

August 5, 2017-August 7, 2017 Chamblee, GA United States

Explore how to create textures and relief with your hand-dyed, printed, painted, and commercial fabrics. Start by experimenting with various fabric manipulation techniques - twisting, gathering, pleating, layering, and weaving - learning how to incorporate your results into successful compositions as you go. Then, delve into surface embellishment with embroidery, working with fusible webbing, transparent fabrics, machine stitching, applique', and beading. Through demonstrations, slides, discussions, and samples, you'll discover how fabric manipulation and embellishment can be combined to create rich…

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Color Studies in Silk: Moths & Butterflies with Suzanne Punch

August 11, 2017-August 15, 2017 Layton, PA United States

Moth and butterfly wings, beautiful and balanced, give us free rein to explore color in challenging ways. Templates give a quick start for good composition. Then break out of your predictable palette, those same colors you always reach for. Using thickened dye, you can maintain a color within a field of its opposite and create flickering contrasts. Texture adds to the intrigue. Use color in new ways and see unique possibilities in your work on silk. Harmonies await! Note: dyes…

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Transforming Textiles

August 13, 2017-August 25, 2017 Penland, NC United States

Saberah Malik Transforming Textiles The first week of this workshop will cover up to ten different shibori techniques of stitching, binding, restricting, and immersion dyeing to create sample yardage, wearable art, or fine art. During the more experimental second week, we’ll build on our understanding of fabric manipulation to mold flat fabric into freestanding sculptural forms by ‘encrypting’ the shape of any mold being used onto the memory of the cloth. Students will make dimensional work using fabric, especially silk,…

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Creating Dimensionally

August 16, 2017 5:00 pm-7:00 pm Minneapolis, MN United States

A hands-on session with Regina V. Benson demonstrating the changed perspectives that are spurred by hanging one’s own work on various curves. Participants are asked to bring finished or in-process works that will be hung on pre-formed curves. Discussions will be explored on what/how tweaks can be made in surface design, curve construction and other aspects of pursuing successful dimensional presentation.

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