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May 2018

Silk Painting with Alternative Resists with Debra Dolsberry

May 4-May 6 Mendocino, CA United States

For this workshop, students should have basic experience on how transparent dye behaves and mixes on the silk. Demonstrations will focus on using dye, sodium alginate, cellulose, water and salt to create imagery and border design. Cellulose will be used both to treat the silk and as a dye thickener. They will be instructed on how to work with dye and thickening agents such as sodium alginate and water-soluble resists. Specifically, students will learn techniques that allow them to layer and dye-paint a motif on top…

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Paper Marbling with Leslie A. Grossman

May 12-May 13 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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Create Beautiful Color on Wool and Silk Fiber, Yarn or Fabric

May 18-May 20 Smithville, TN United States

Dye knitted or woven fabric, yarn or roving with user-friendly acid dyes. Begin with simple immersion dye processes and resists. Explore shaping and resist techniques in the hot dye pot, so that wool and silk retain their shape when dyed. This is great for quilters, knitters, weavers and fabric artists who want to add something new to their repertoire.  

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Indigo Dyeing with Natalie Stopka

May 19-May 20 Layton, PA United States

Focusing on plant derived natural indigo, participants in this intensive workshop will prepare two organic indigo vats for dyeing both protein and cellulose fibers. We will create an array of swatches and explore resist dyeing techniques reliant on the particular working qualities of indigo. Fabric will be provided, but you may bring along materials you wish to experiment with in the dye pot! No previous experience required.

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Marbling Paper and Beyond with Bob Rhoades

May 19-May 20 Mendocino, CA United States

This class will offer experiences for those familiar with marbling as well as first timers. The objective is for everyone to come away with 10 to 20 sheets of beautifully marbled paper as well as an opportunity to explore marbling of other surfaces to include garments, fabric, absorbent objects made of cast paper, paper Mache, bisqued ceramics, and wood. The first day we'll go through the process of preparing paints (acrylics) and gelatin size. Then I will take you thru…

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JOURNEY ALONG THE WARP, presented by Alex Friedman

May 19 10:00 am-11:00 am San Francisco, CA United States

Tapestry weaving has a long tradition as a narrative art form. While that aspect initially drew Alex to the medium, it was the weaving process that really excited her. She realized the simplicity of the grid and the basic over/under interlock of the warp and weft would allow her to explore many ways of creating more dimensions within the basic parameters of traditional tapestry. She will talk about the circuitous route in her evolution as a contemporary tapestry weaver. Alex…

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Boro-Style Paper Workshop with Claudia Lee

May 25-May 27 Smithville, TN United States

Boro is a Japanese term meaning something tattered or repaired. Fold, pleat, wax, press, dye (with indigo, black walnut, and pigments), flatten, deconstruct, reconstruct, make marks and stitch on assorted papers. Use some of the newly designed papers to make a Japanese tabletop hinged screen.

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June 2018

Conjuring the Narrative with Textiles with Karen Hampton

June 1-June 5 Layton, PA United States

This creatively designed class blends together the art of narrative storytelling with textile design techniques. Karen believes everyone has a story and that the act of sharing stories is extremely healing for both the storyteller and the audience. We will explore surface design techniques that include natural dyeing, printing, painting, discharge and stitching on both new and repurposed cloth. Each participant will create both a banner and a repurposed garment.

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Making Books with Fabric: Explorations in Cloth, Collage and Collecting with Lesley Patterson-Marx

June 3-June 8 Smithville, TN United States

Create book structures that use fabric, paper, collage and your personal collections. Combine hand stitching and machine sewing with paper collage and traditional book binding techniques. Explore photographic printing on fabric; create pages with pockets, zippers and buttons; incorporate found objects; utilize relief printing on cloth and paper; and more. Projects will include a Chinese thread book, a blank sketchbook with a cloth cover, a long stitch book with fabric pages, and an accordion book.

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Jacquard Weaving with the TC2 at TheJacquard Center

June 4-July 20 Hendersonville, NC United States

5 day workshops at The Jacquard Center with the TC2. 6/4-6/8; 6/11-6/15; 7/9-7/13; 7/16-7/20

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