Rebecca Hutchinson "Purple Overlap" (detail)

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American Tapestry Alliance online exhibit, “Seizing the Moment”

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American Tapestry Alliance online exhibit, “Seizing the Moment”

01/06/2020 to 01/04/2021

The American Tapestry Alliance presents the work of young artists in an online exhibit, “Seizing the Moment: Three Emerging Millennial Artists” (https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/tex_ata/seizing-the-moment-three-emerging-millennial-artists/), curated by Alicia Scardetta. This exhibit brings together the work of Kayla Mattes (US), Luiza Caldari (Brazil), and Mariana Pinar Castellano (Spain) highlighting the variety and impact of these rising contemporary tapestry artists. …

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American Tapestry Alliance online exhibit:  Here & (T)Here

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American Tapestry Alliance online exhibit: Here & (T)Here

01/06/2020 to 01/04/2021

American Tapestry Alliance members from around the world participated in Here & (T)Here, their 2019 postcard exchange. Organized by ATA director of awards, Dorothy Clews, randomly paired weavers mailed each other a small handwoven tapestry. View the results in an online gallery at https://americantapestryalliance.org/tapestry-education/educational-articles-on-tapestry-weaving/here-and-there/. Credit: Lindsey Marshall….

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The Violet Protest – national public art participation opportunity

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The Violet Protest – national public art participation opportunity

01/15/2020 to 08/15/2020

Phoenix Art Museum/US Congress
Phoenix, Arizona
United States

The Violet Protest is a public effort to send 50 hand-made ​textile squares to each and every member of Congress in support of these core American values: ​• Civility and Respect • Citizenship • Compromise • Country over party and corporate influence • Courage • Candor • Compassion • Creativity Whether we knit, crochet, quilt, …

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Pride

Exhibitions

Pride

03/30/2020 to 07/11/2020

Textile Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States

Textile Center is proud to present PRIDE, the first exhibition in our history in tribute and support of nationally known textile artists in the LGBTQ+ community. Artist Reception: Thurs, April 2, 5:30 – 7 pm As Textile Center nears the close of our 25th Anniversary on March 31, join us in celebrating 10 artists whose …

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Quilt National ’21 Call for Entry

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Quilt National ’21 Call for Entry

05/01/2020 to 09/09/2020

The Dairy Barn Arts Center
Athens, Ohio
United States

Quilt National ’21 Call for Entry is open, now through September 9, 2020! Jury: Nancy Bavor, Brigitte Kopp, and Karen Schulz Quilt National ’21 is the twenty-second in the series of international juried competitions dedicated to promoting the contemporary quilt by serving as a showcase for new artwork that provides the viewer with an appreciation …

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Textiles in Translation

Exhibitions

Textiles in Translation

06/04/2020 to 07/23/2020

The Gallery at Penn College
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
United States

Textiles in Translation is a collection of fiber-based artwork by Pennsylvania regional members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). The juried exhibit will showcase a wide range of 2D and 3D fiber art and highlight a diverse range of styles and techniques. Fiber work stretches back to ancient times and has grown and developed across …

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Cabinet of Curiosity

Exhibitions

Cabinet of Curiosity

06/29/2020 to 07/11/2020

Mercury 20 Gallery
Oakland, California
United States

“Cabinet of Curiosity”, recent drawings by Andrea Brewster is an exhibition in a series of two-week installations made specifically for the front window of Mercury 20 Gallery. The exhibition is viewable 24 hours/day at 475 25th Street, Oakland, between Telegraph & Broadway. Because of viewing limitations due to the current Shelter-In-Place mandate, the exhibitions in …

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Quilts = Art = Quilts 2020

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Quilts = Art = Quilts 2020

07/01/2020 to 08/01/2020

Schweinfurth Art Center
Syracuse, New York
United States

Exhibition Dates: Oct 24, 2019-Jan 10, 2021 Quilts=Art=Quilts is an international juried quilt exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York. The Art Center has been a longstanding proponent of quilts as a visual arts medium and has been presenting quilts in a gallery setting since 1981. An emphasis is placed on overall …

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For The Love of Craft

Exhibitions

For The Love of Craft

07/03/2020 to 08/14/2020

Pembina Hills Arts Council Gallery
Morden, MB
Canada

Manitoba Craft Council’s Member Exhibition and Sale of Contemporary Craft. A celebration of craft and the community that is passionate about it. Location: Pembina Hills Art Council 352 Stephen Street, Morden, MB R6M 1T5 Meet the Artist zoom programming done by PHAC: July 9th (artists TBD) Image credit: Debra Frances Plett and Rosemarie Péloquin…

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Let’s Weave Circles!

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Let’s Weave Circles!

07/05/2020 to 07/10/2020

Appalachian Center for Craft
Smithville, Tennessee
United States

Turn hoops into looms, putting a twist on traditional tapestry weaving. Cover everything including how to choose yarn, basic tapestry weaving techniques and how to finish a wall hanging. Walk away with at least two finished pieces. Beginner-Intermediate, materials fee: NONE…

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Exploring Needle Felting through Doll & Creature Making with Jess Self

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Exploring Needle Felting through Doll & Creature Making with Jess Self

07/10/2020 to 07/14/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Explore needle felting techniques and the possibilities of wool through doll and creature making. Making dolls is a great starting point to learn to make armatures, attach pieces, finish surfaces and many more techniques. This is a great platform to focus on detail and with tips that can be applied to making any 3D form. …

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Call for Premium Member Images: Archive

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Call for Premium Member Images: Archive

07/10/2020

The ARCHIVE online exhibition will serve as a window for future generations to peer into the monumental year, 2020; to experience human and non-human stories told through abstract or representational narratives and explore diverse surface design techniques which illustrate contemporary history and culture. Every object has its own cultural history, as does each artist and …

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Recording Surfaces with Pulp

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Recording Surfaces with Pulp

07/12/2020 to 07/17/2020

Appalachian Center for Craft
Smithville, Tennessee
United States

In this experimental workshop, learn to create tactile surfaces with handmade paper. Working with abaca and cotton, begin by preparing the fibers in the paper beater, then use paper/pulp casting techniques to achieve a variety of forms from site-specific castings and molds made in class. Leave with a plethora of samples and a ready-to-hang final …

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Tactile Sensibility: A Weaving Workshop with Brittany Wittman McLaughlin

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Tactile Sensibility: A Weaving Workshop with Brittany Wittman McLaughlin

07/17/2020 to 07/19/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Get motivated and inspired to focus on weaving as a creative process by exploring a variety of materials. Inspired by the iconic artist and designer Anni Albers, this workshop will expand your vocabulary in the tactile language of weaving. You will create your own woven pieces on pre-warped looms, using a variety of techniques, beautiful …

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

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

07/19/2020 to 07/24/2020

Appalachian Center for Craft
SMITHVILLE, Tennessee
United States

Take your hand-dyed, printed, painted and commercial fabrics and explore how to use them to create textures and relief on the surface of the cloth. Various techniques will be explored including twisting, gathering, pleating, layering and weaving to create surfaces begging to be touched. The result is work that is more tactile and captivating. Intermediate, …

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Quilting by the Lake

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Quilting by the Lake

07/19/2020 to 07/31/2020

Quilting by the Lake
Syracuse, New York
United States

Quilting by the Lake (QBL) began in 1981 as a four-day quilting conference in Cazenovia, NY, and has grown into a two-week, internationally recognized quilting event attracting over 200 participants from around the country and overseas. From the beginning, QBL recruited some of the most innovative and legendary quilters to teach and that tradition continues …

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Renditions 2020: American Tapestry Alliance 13th unjuried small format exhibition

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Renditions 2020: American Tapestry Alliance 13th unjuried small format exhibition

07/23/2020 to 07/30/2020

Renditions 2020, the American Tapestry Alliance unjuried small format exhibition, will be presented online. Website update coming soon. Image: Kathy Spoering, “Acadia Autumn”….

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Felting Design & Construction with Shannah Warwick

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Felting Design & Construction with Shannah Warwick

07/24/2020 to 07/28/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Dive deep into the felting world. Working with high quality fibers and textiles, you will explore traditional wool-on-wool felting and Nuno felting, giving you a solid understanding of the medium. You will create a Nuno felted scarf while focusing on color theory, texture, and design. You will then move into 3D felting by using a …

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Painting with Fiber

Workshops

Painting with Fiber

07/26/2020 to 07/31/2020

Appalachian Center for Craft
SMITHVILLE, Tennessee
United States

Learn to create realistic two-dimensional felted paintings. After making a practice painting, needle-felt at least one additional two-dimensional picture of your choice including still life, pet portrait, land- or sea- scape. Touch on wet felting, but the emphasis is on dry or needle felting. Beginner-Intermediate, materials fee: $3.00 per 1/2 ounce wool, $2 per sheet …

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Wrapping with Blessings I and II  (two workshops)

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Wrapping with Blessings I and II (two workshops)

07/27/2020 to 07/31/2020

Onondaga Community College campus
Syracuse, New York
United States

Participants at Quilting by the Lake 2020 have the opportunity to learn the ancient Korean art from Seo during her two workshops, “Wrapping with Blessings I” and Wrapping with Blessings II.” Students will use different Korean natural fabrics such as silk, ramie, and hemp in traditional Korean colors depending on classes. Students can use the …

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Eco Dyeing: Organic Garment Contruction

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Eco Dyeing: Organic Garment Contruction

08/07/2020 to 08/09/2020

Appalachian Center for Craft
SMITHVILLE, Tennessee
United States

Many people are beginning to value living a chemical/toxin free lifestyle. Create beautiful, naturally dyed, organic fabrics to turn into a garment of your own. Learn to use natural materials to dye fabric, to use basic sewing machine techniques and to create your own patterns. Gain knowledge and skill to find organic materials and use …

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Weaving Wool in Naturally Dyed Hues with Wendy Weiss

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Weaving Wool in Naturally Dyed Hues with Wendy Weiss

08/07/2020 to 08/11/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Learn about plant dye on wool, exploring how to maximize color in a limited palette of colors gathered from nature, while you play with a multi-shaft loom. Achieve a sumptuous array of colors in an ikat influenced dyed set of stripes on a single warp. Explore weave structures on a four or eight harness loom …

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Conjuring the Narrative with Textiles with Karen Hampton

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Conjuring the Narrative with Textiles with Karen Hampton

08/14/2020 to 08/18/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Join this creatively designed class that blends together the art of narrative storytelling with textile design. We will explore surface design techniques that include natural dyeing, printing, painting, discharge and stitching on both new and re-purposed cloth to create both a banner and a re-purposed garment. This will be a journey through meditation, re-memory, storytelling, …

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Dyeing with Tannin & Iron with Rio Wrenn

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Dyeing with Tannin & Iron with Rio Wrenn

08/19/2020 to 08/21/2020

Aya Fiber Studio
STUART, Florida
United States

Tannin and Iron Three day intensive Rio Wrenn – R A W Textiles This workshop intensive explores techniques developed by Rio and inspired by the ancient craft of Kalamakari from India. By using natural fibers such as silk and basic elements such as iron and various tannins we will explore the magic of printing and …

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Weaving, Computer Drafting & Pattern Design with Jovencio de la Paz

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Weaving, Computer Drafting & Pattern Design with Jovencio de la Paz

08/21/2020 to 08/25/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Weaving is a pattern language. Starting with the simple over-and-under structure of plain weave, a nearly infinite world of patterns emerges, from dazzling twills to the dizzying undulations of Overshot. Learn how to think through patterns with computer aided drafting, using simple and free software to understand structures. You will be encouraged to explore patterns …

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Kakishibu, Persimmon Tannin & Pigments

Workshops

Kakishibu, Persimmon Tannin & Pigments

08/25/2020 to 08/26/2020

Zijdelings/ Karina van Vught
Tilburg
Netherlands

2-Day workshop working with Kakishibu on paper and fabric, led by Ana Lisa Hedstrom (USA). Techniques used: Direct application and Shibori. There will also be a small indigo vat for use. For all levels….

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Deconstructing Nature with Kerr Grabowski

Workshops

Deconstructing Nature with Kerr Grabowski

08/25/2020 to 08/28/2020

Aya Fiber Studio
STUART, Florida
United States

Let Nature be your muse as you explore line, texture and form via basic screen stencils such as wax and paper, deconstructed screen-printing, polychromatic printing, direct dye application and more. We will work on fabric and different papers, layering our imagery and always asking “what if.” In this workshop, we will use the screen in …

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New Explorations in Shibori

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New Explorations in Shibori

08/27/2020 to 08/29/2020

Zijdelings/ Karina van Vught
Tilburg
Netherlands

3-Day workshop led by Ana Lisa Hedstrom (USA) about new explorations in Shibori: techniques offered are Arashi, Itajime & Stitch resist by sewing machine and smocking pleater. Used dyes: reactive (Procion MX) and acid dyes….

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Weaving for Beginners with Frances Collier Singh

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Weaving for Beginners with Frances Collier Singh

08/28/2020 to 08/30/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Learn the basics of weaving with a floor loom. We will discuss and demonstrate methods for drafting and pattern selection, setting up the warp, and dressing the loom. You will then get to work with looms that have been pre-warped and ready to be threaded. Our woven piece will explore a variety of colors and …

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Call for New Members

09/01/2020 to 10/31/2020

Kendall Park, New Jersey
United States

The Art Cloth Network call for new members is coming soon! September 1 – October 31, 2020 Our organization defines “Art Cloth” as material transformed by adding or subtracting color, line, shape, texture or fiber to make a compelling surface and composition. This can include three-dimensional art and work meant for outdoor display. As a …

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Abstract Art Quilts: Take Two! with Pat Pauly

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Abstract Art Quilts: Take Two! with Pat Pauly

09/05/2020 to 09/06/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Come learn about designing abstract contemporary quilts. We’ll grab only two hunks of fabric to make a piece that explodes! This is a great class for those who use artist-made fabric or use a large scale commercial print. See how to design with improvisational piecing, letting the fabric do the work. We’ll do some warm …

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3 Day Indigo-Shibori Workshop with Suzanne Connors

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3 Day Indigo-Shibori Workshop with Suzanne Connors

09/08/2020 to 09/10/2020

Aya Fiber Studio
STUART, Florida
United States

The use of indigo dye, or aizome, has a long and cherished history in Japan. The deep blue colors for which Japanese textiles are celebrated come from the leaves of the tade ai, a plant introduced to Japan from China in the sixth century. Shibori is a Japanese technique of manual resist dyeing used to …

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Dynamic Disperse Dyes with Lisa White Reber & Miriam Jacobs

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Dynamic Disperse Dyes with Lisa White Reber & Miriam Jacobs

10/03/2020 to 10/04/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Disperse dyes are used to dye man made synthetic fibers such as polyester and are applied along with a dispersing agent creating vibrant colors and saturations. In this workshop, two teachers from very different artistic backgrounds will demonstrate innovative ways of working with these dyes. For example, artists can use this under-appreciated dye as a …

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Marbling Retreat: Suminagashi, Paper, and Fabric Printing with Natalie Stopka

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Marbling Retreat: Suminagashi, Paper, and Fabric Printing with Natalie Stopka

10/06/2020 to 10/08/2020

Aya Fiber Studio
STUART, Florida
United States

Course Description Marbling is a wonderful blend of monotype printing, repeat pattern development, and color play! In this three-day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of marbling on both paper and fabric, including how to select materials and manipulate the chemistry of the marbling vat. We’ll discuss the history behind the craft, beginning with Japanese …

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3 Day Rozome & Batik Techniques Workshop with Muffy Clark Gill

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3 Day Rozome & Batik Techniques Workshop with Muffy Clark Gill

10/10/2020 to 10/12/2020

Aya Fiber Studio
STUART, Florida
United States

Have you been interested in trying a new painting process but have been afraid to learn? This workshop is about using the batik (Indonesian style wax resist painting) and rozome (Japanese style batik) wax and dye painting processes to create unique artwork on fabric that can be used on everyday household objects, clothing or works …

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Encaustic + Cold Wax = Sensational Synergy

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Encaustic + Cold Wax = Sensational Synergy

10/14/2020 to 10/17/2020

Zijdelings / Karina van Vught
Tilburg
Netherlands

A four-day workshop exploring Encaustic and Cold Wax while combining the two on both cradle panels and flexible surfaces like encaustiflex. This class will be led by Lia Rothstein (USA) and The Whole Ball of Wax: Hot, Cold, 2D and 3D will be addressed….

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Stitching and Writing a Woman’s Life

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Stitching and Writing a Woman’s Life

10/23/2020 to 10/25/2020

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

Co Taught by: Christine Mauersberger and Janet Berlo Do you begin embroidery projects and then put them down? Have you always dreamed about writing about your most meaningful experiences, but have never made the time? In either case, have you gotten stuck or frustrated, and abandoned the work? In this three day intensive stitching and …

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Shibori Forever

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Shibori Forever

10/23/2020 to 10/25/2020

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

Teacher: Ana Lisa Hedstrom Japanese Shibori is an amazing tradition. Ana Lisa has found inspiration for over 40 years as she adapts the traditional concepts to contemporary dyes, surface techniques and applications. In this class we will learn the traditional techniques of stitch resist, arashi pole wrapping, and itajime folding and clamping. We will experiment …

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Come Print with Sharon Sorken- Florida Style; Using Mordants, Modifiers and multiple blankets

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Come Print with Sharon Sorken- Florida Style; Using Mordants, Modifiers and multiple blankets

10/28/2020 to 10/31/2020

Aya Fiber Studio
STUART, Florida
United States

Come to Florida and create beautiful botanical prints with Sharon Sorken at the Aya Fiber Studio. Sharon is known for her experimental uses of Mordants, modifiers and using multiple blankets to achieve her beautiful clear botanical prints. Come work along side of Sharon and learn her techniques and how she is getting such gorgeous color …

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SDA 2020 Educator Grant

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SDA 2020 Educator Grant

11/01/2020

SDA Educator Grants are awarded to SDA member educators to foster excellence in fields related to fibers and textiles. Grants may be used to support personal activities and scholarship (studio projects, travel to conduct research, to assist with essays and other written materials, etc.) or to facilitate classroom-focused projects inclusive of students (visiting artists, materials …

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