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Join this exploratory paper and textiles-based intensive and learn solar 2-D processes and fiber techniques that can be applied to a variety of materials. Explore a myriad of ways to use nature as method and inspiration for solar dying, and embellishing methods such as mono-printing, oil pastels, image transfers, heat, and hand stitching to create elements of dimensional texture. In-studio sewing machines will provide opportunities to do free motion machine embroidery on pieces. Work with solar film transparencies, found objects…Find out more »
Learn a mixed-media, improvisational approach to creating layered, pieced and collaged images. Using combinations of fabric, thread, yarn and paint, explore color and texture while developing an artistic vocabulary of marks. A range of fabric painting, fabric manipulation and surface embellishment techniques will be covered, including trapunto, embroidery, woven embroidery, pleating, gathering and more. No prior painting or fiber experience required.Find out more »
Discover (or deepen your knowledge of) the magic of dye on silk. Work with a variety of silks, dyes and resists to create a scarf and wearable art or wall hanging. Experience the entire process of realizing your design on a scarf and then creating a second piece of your choice, either a simple shirt or a wall hanging.Find out more »
This class will introduce the participant to an appreciation of Navajo (Dine) weaving by creating a small rug on a traditional upright loom. Dine weavings are internationally known for their unique designs and techniques using vegetal, natural and aniline dyed handspun wool. Traditional preparations of wool--carding, spinning and dyeing--will be discussed. Participants will learn how to warp an upright loom and learn basic weaving techniques, using 100% wool weft that will be provided. A traditional handmade loom will be provided,…Find out more »
Discover how playful experimentation can work collaboratively with traditional screen-printing techniques. Use versatile non-toxic textile pigments on fabric while learning to print with contact paper, tape, photo emulsion stencils, wax and much more. Non-traditional approaches to the printing process make creativity exciting and fun. Create yards of unique fabric.Find out more »
In this experimental workshop you will learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, wire, found materials and recycled frameworks. Methods will include lashing techniques, formal and chaotic plaiting, wire construction and netting. To build skins onto these structures, techniques for working with gut, rice papers, elastic fabrics, wax, and stiffeners will be presented. Exercises, brainstorming sessions, and problem-solving challenges will lead to a focused personal project.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
Apply traditional basket weaving techniques to contemporary sculptural explorations. Based on weaving traditions that go back thousands of years, learn the fundamentals of twining, coiling and plaiting. Use traditional and non-traditional materials as a springboard to adapt, integrate and explore your sculptural interests and material choices.Find out more »
Delicate lace structures create translucency and serve as a filter of light and negative space. In woven cloth, warp threads are anchored at both ends then crossed in straight lines by weft threads creating right angles at the intersections. In this class we will investigate patterns that manipulate those right angles, allowing threads to bend and curve once removed from the tension of the loom. Participants will be introduced to processes including open weave, leno lace, and huck lace. You…Find out more »
Learn to use the sewing machine to “draw” and “paint” with thread. Drop the feed-dogs on the machine and sew freely. From quilts to clothing, this technique can be used to decorate and embellish many fiber creations. Starting with the basics of free-motion embroidery, discover how to build layers of color to create images with depth and shading.Find out more »