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SESSION 1 – MAY 28- JUNE 1, 2018 (5 DAYS)

1. Independent study (7 days)
Instructor: Bob Adams

Discover how productive it can be to work independently within a focused group of like-minded artists. Bob will be the mentor, leading group discussions and critiques, helping you to explore and develop ideas. Each person will work independently, with Bob available for one-on-one consultations and critiques. There will also be occasional group discussions and group critiques. Have you been mulling over a new idea? Are you working on a piece but need a little push to continue? Or perhaps you got stuck and gave up on a potentially great quilt. This can be the time to take your work to a new level.

Sewing Machine: Optional

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]

   

2. Table Of Contents
Instructor: Seth Apter

A table of contents typically is an abbreviated listing of chapters in a book and provides an overview of what can be found on the pages within. In our workshop, we will be visually documenting our own personal stories and creating a one-of-a-kind Table of Contents that reflects the chapters of our lives. You will create a series of mixed media booklets that, when stacked together, express your story. The booklets can reflect different ages or stages in your life, people in your world, aspects of your self, experiences you have had, etc. Or you can simply make an un-themed, kick-ass artist book! Techniques we will explore include painting in layers, surface design, collage, book binding, creating patina on paper, mark making, combining fabric with paper, hand stitching and more.

Sewing Machine: Not Required

Supply Fee: $15

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]

 

3. Fabulously Fused Modern Quilts
Instructor: Sue Bleiweiss

Learn how to work with Mistyfuse fusible web combined with the elements of art and design and simple shapes to create dynamic, geometric modern quilts. We'll talk about inspiration: where to find it and how to use it as a starting point for an art quilt and things to consider when it comes time to add the quilting stitches. Some other topics we'll cover in this 5 day workshop:

  • Strategies for using a sketchbook and how valuable it can be to your artistic process
  • Inspiration: where to find it and how to use it
  • Working with Mistyfuse fusible web
  • The elements of art and design and how to use them in your work
  • How to critique and evaluate your own work and how to use the results

Students will have the option of working on one large quilt or several small ones throughout the course of the workshop.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supply Fee: $25

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]

 

4. Three Sisters: Raw Edge Applique, Foundation Piecing & Mark Making: A Magical Trilogy
Instructor: Deborah Fell

This unique retreat-like workshop focuses on how quilting relates to you as an artist. We will learn to find inspiration in your work, celebrate your voice as an artist and discover the power of breaking the rules. A series of collage exercises will focus on foundation piecing, raw edge applique and hand stitching. This method celebrates the imperfect, the organic line and mark-making. Quilting is intertwined with our history. It is the common thread that connects people to one another, generation to generation and cultures to other cultures. By its very essence, quilting is a celebration of the human condition. The stitches are like our paths that bring us home after a long journey.
Daily presentations and discussions focus on how your art relates specifically to these topics. You will walk away from this workshop with a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as an artist along with a more refined artist vision.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]


5. HOTTER
Instructor: Susan Lenz

This workshop is an introduction to heat-activated processes for contemporary fibers. Using layers of polyester velvet, metallic foiling, and recycled acrylic felt, the HOT workshop includes all the materials and supplies for fabric fusing; hand and/or machine stitching; and Susan's unique melting techniques. The workshop includes experimentation with painted adhesives, metallic foiling, household irons, soldering irons, hand stitching and free motion machine embroidery, and a variety of novelty fibers. Participants will create several small, finished piece mounted into a professionally cut mats. This workshop includes Susan's own process for creating linked fiber shapes via her melting techniques.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supply Fee: $35

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]


6. Dyeing with Procion MX: Systematic and Accidental Approaches (7days)
Instructor: Heide Stoll-Weber

We will work together as a team to produce a huge swatch book for each student, which will become one of your favorite future references. This beautiful book makes systematic dyeing simple and repeatable. Your supply fee includes all the dyes and chemicals as well as the fabric that we will use to create the swatches. This ensures that the dyed swatches are consistent. We will take breaks from the swatch book for playful sessions dyeing multicolored pieces. Heide's signature style uses an extremely low water technique in a small bowl. This results in beautiful patterning that is unique to this method. You will learn how to reproduce specific colors and series of gradations. There will be time to develop your own personal color palette and create yardage for future projects.

Sewing Machine: Not required

Supply Fee:$60

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]

 

SESSION 2 – JUNE 2-3, 2018 (2 DAYS)

7. Independent study (7 days)
Instructor: Bob Adams

Discover how productive it can be to work independently within a focused group of like-minded artists. Bob will be the mentor, leading group discussions and critiques, helping you to explore and develop ideas. Each person will work independently, with Bob available for one-on-one consultations and critiques. There will also be occasional group discussions and group critiques. Have you been mulling over a new idea? Are you working on a piece but need a little push to continue? Or perhaps you got stuck and gave up on a potentially great quilt. This can be the time to take your work to a new level.

Sewing Machine: Optional

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]

   

8. For Your Eyes Only
Instructor: Seth Apter

Capture and contain your artistic spirit in the form of a one-of-a-kind artist book. In this workshop you will transform the most basic of materials - commercial book covers, cardstock, and paper - into your own handmade page-turner. The focus of the class will be on learning a no-sew binding technique that will allow you to bind single sheets of paper. We will also make interactive pages overflowing with flaps, windows, pockets, flags, tabs, and more. Once the books are bound, we will move on to creating collaged pages in a process involving paper quilting and mark making. Your choice of ephemera, stamps, rub-ons, marks, drawings, etc. will be used to add design to the pages. This class is tailored to both the beginner and the advanced bookmaker.

Sewing Machine: Not Required

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]

 

9. Between the Lines: Using Line and Space
As the Primary Design Elements To Convey Your Visual Message

Instructor: Sue Bleiweiss

Solid, curved, straight, horizontal, vertical, thick or thin: Line is probably the most fundamental of all the elements of design. When you combine line with a minimal amount of texture and color it can create a powerful visual statement. In this workshop you'll use line as the primary design element in your quilt and learn how to take advantage of the space between the lines to convey your visual message.

Working from a photo or sketch as the inspiration for the quilt you will create in this class you'll break the image down into primary visual elements,scale the images to full size and then begin creating your quilt using fusing as the primary construction technique.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supply Fee: $20

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]

 

10. Mixing Up the Media!
Instructor: Deborah Fell

Create 10 to 20 small design studies using a limited amount of materials that are related in color combination.. We will work with mixed media such as paint, paper, fabric, found objects and gel medium to create common elements in the design studies. These studies help clarify your design voice and style. Deborah will share techniques using layering, painting and collage, with an emphasis on mark making. Each day opens with a design presentation and demonstrations of techniques This mixed media play workshop will allow you to step gently out of your comfort zone in a collaborative and supportive environment!

Sewing Machine: Yes

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]


11. Beadify Your Universe
Instructor: Becky Hancock

I will teach you basic jewelry construction techniques including bead stringing, turning and wrapping loops plus my "Bead Kabob" technique which can be used to make the Bodacious Bracelets, earrings and pendants. It's a simple technique with lots of uses.

We will be hand stitching beads and embellishments onto felt shapes such as balls, dolls, birds---whatever you want. We can make many styles of earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Also learn how to incorporate fibers into a beaded sculptural object, such as lines and tassels on a Bodacious Ball of Joy. Come have fun and go home with new embellishments for yourself and your world!

Sewing Machine: Not Required

Supply Fee: $45 includes all beads, embellishments, wire, chain and use of tools

Student Level: All Levels


12. HOT
Instructor: Susan Lenz

This workshop is an introduction to heat-activated processes for contemporary fibers. Using layers of polyester velvet, metallic foiling, and recycled acrylic felt, the HOT workshop includes all the materials and supplies for fabric fusing; hand and/or machine stitching; and Susan's unique melting techniques. The workshop includes experimentation with painted adhesives, metallic foiling, household irons, soldering irons, hand stitching and free motion machine embroidery, and a variety of novelty fibers. Participants will create at least one small, finished piece mounted into a professionally cut mats. Many will leave with more than one project. Options are limitless.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supply Fee: $20

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]


13. Dyeing with Procion MX: Systematic and Accidental Approaches (7 days)
Instructor: Heide Stoll-Weber

We will work together as a team to produce a huge swatch book for each student, which will become one of your favorite future references. This beautiful book makes systematic dyeing simple and repeatable. Your supply fee includes all the dyes and chemicals as well as the fabric that we will use to create the swatches. This ensures that the dyed swatches are consistent. We will take breaks from the swatch book for playful sessions dyeing multicolored pieces. Heide's signature style uses an extremely low water technique in a small bowl. This results in beautiful patterning that is unique to this method. You will learn how to reproduce specific colors and series of gradations. There will be time to develop your own personal color palette and create yardage for future projects.

Sewing Machine: Not Required

Supply Fee: $60

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]

 

SESSION 3 – JUNE 4-8, 2018 (5 DAYS)

14. Independent study (7 days)
Instructor: Rosalie Dace

This is the perfect opportunity to intensify your search and do an in-depth investigation of your particular passion, find out what your work can be, break new ground and let your creative voice sing. Bring work already in progress or in the planning stage. We will study and discuss the work of other artists as well as your responses to your favorite artists in various fields. This class offers you time, space and opportunity to explore and develop your work in the direction of your personal interest in a supportive and creative environment.

Sewing Machine: Optional

Student Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Supply List [PDF]


15. Hand Stitching: Forming Discarded Fabric Into Intimate Sculptural Art
Instructor: Deborah Griffing

How we perceive the world around us has much to do with the workings of our brain. I spend a great deal of time with a diverse population of individuals with developmental disabilities. I have watched a close family member navigate the complicated paths of paranoid schizophrenia and my mother transition from the world of an intellectual academic to the shadows of Alzheimers. I am well aware that what we perceive as our reality is not a static certainty but a delicate landscape that can shift unexpectedly. This is unsettling to say the least. I turn to sewing as a means to sort through, mull over, and adjust to an ever-changing existence. In the class I will demonstrate simple methods of forming shapes using basic stitches. We will alter fabric through dyes, paint, and direct drawing. Stitching is not only a means to make something meaningful and beautiful, it is also meditative, and good for the environment- no longer will you be adding to the landfills with old sweaters and frayed towels!

Sewing Machine: Not Required

Supply Fee: $30-40

Student Level: Beginning/All levels

Supply List [PDF]


16. Connections In Cloth
Instructor: Lorie McCown

Making art is all about making connections. We will explore mark making and composition in fiber and fabric, and make a personal statement in fiber. The students will use traditional and nontraditional fibers, and mark making to express their personal vision in the art making process. This is not a gadget class; it is a personal expression class. Radical self-expression is welcomed! Formal elements to making good art will be covered, as well as your own personal vocabulary of stitches and marks. We will endeavor to communicate the students' ideas, stories and personal experiences through stitches and personal mark making. We will use machine, and hand stitching, embroidery, painting/marking directly on cloth, and other methods for conveying our artistic voices. Create exciting and interesting pieces of art from clothing, recycled textiles and various fibers. Let's explore all the uses for different media, fabrics and ephemera. Let's tell a story with cloth. Learn techniques and styles of putting together a good composition, stitching it together, either by machine or hand. We will cover fabric ideas, incorporating mixed media, various stitching and embroidery techniques, with an emphasis on hand stitching. We will have a lot of time to explore fabric manipulation, and stitching-of course! Feel free to bring any interesting fabrics or textiles you would like to incorporate into your work. Think out of the box. Handkerchiefs, t-shirts, whatever. Just remember, we will be cutting,marking and stitching on them.

Sewing Machine: Optional

Supply Fee: $20 (Optional)

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]


17. 5-Day Encaustics On Paper & Fabric
Instructor: Clare Murray Adams

While encaustic wax and paint is most often worked on a solid surface such as wood, it also lends itself to working on a paper substrate in thin layers. It can be translucent or more transparent allowing underneath layers of color and imagery to be visible. The class will focus on layering papers and imagery through collage, using stencils, transferring imagery from photocopies, and burning/branding the paper. By working on a variety of papers from heavy weight such as printmaking papers to very thin handmade papers participants will experience the versatility of working with wax on paper.

Along with the 2D applications, we will experiment with making 3D forms such as box vessels. Fabric can be used as well to create vessels and figurative forms that become sculptural when dipped in the wax medium. Book structures (accordion fold, Japanese stab binding, and single signatures) will be demonstrated with some project suggestions for exploring these further. Experimentation is encouraged and when using your own drawings, prints, fabrics, and eco dyed materials individualized and personal artworks result.

Mounting 2D artworks for presentation will be demonstrated and the care required for artworks created on paper using wax will be discussed.

Sewing Machine: Not Required

Supply Fee: $75

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]

 

18. Abstraction Through Color, Pattern & Repetition
Instructor: Maria Shell

Working from a personal source of inspiration found in nature or a place, students will learn the basics of creating improvisationally pieced abstract work. Students will learn about palette building (color theory) as well as how to create abstract pieced images through the manipulation of pieced patterning and repetition. A focused student can expect to finish a small 3 feet by 3 feet composition during the course of this workshop.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]

 

SESSION 4 – JUNE 9-10, 2018 (2 DAYS)

19. Independent study (7 days)
Instructor: Rosalie Dace

This is the perfect opportunity to intensify your search and do an in-depth investigation of your particular passion, find out what your work can be, break new ground and let your creative voice sing. Bring work already in progress or in the planning stage. We will study and discuss the work of other artists as well as your responses to your favorite artists in various fields. This class offers you time, space and opportunity to explore and develop your work in the direction of your personal interest in a supportive and creative environment.

Sewing Machine: Optional

Student Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Supply List [PDF]


20. Colors, Textures, and Imagery: Indirect and Experimental Approach to Painting
Instructor: Deborah Griffing

My approach to creating is to have no destination in mind I prefer to start with documenting my thoughts through drawing, creating a visual journal, a skeleton of shapes and ideas. This becomes a conversation of sorts between myself and the surface I am working on. I will
demonstrate my process of using multiple painting techniques on the porous surface of Ampersand Clayboard panels. This absorbent, ultra smooth surface is perfect for thinly applying and removing colors. We will experiment with scratching into the surface to create textural areas and varied line qualities. We will also use fabric and paper for an indirect monoprinting technique. The resulting transfers can be applied to the boards. Then, the remaining altered fabrics and papers can be added as collage elements on the clayboards. There will be an emphasis on experimentation and exploration of the materials.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supply Fee: $20

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]

 

21. Ex Voto Small Stitched Works
Instructor: Lorie McCown

This is an introductory class using a small format and hand stitching. We will explore mark making via stitching and small compositions in fiber and fabric, making a personal statement in fiber. Students will use traditional and nontraditional fibers to express their personal vision in the art making process. This is not a gadget class; it is a personal expression class. Formal elements for making good art will be covered, as well as your own personal vocabulary of stitches and marks. We will endeavor to communicate the students' ideas, stories and personal experiences through stitches and personal mark making. We will use hand stitching, embroidery, and raw edge applique, directly on cloth, and other methods for conveying our artistic voices. This is a good class for those new to this approach, and for those who wish to work smaller. The beauty of mending, raw edges and imperfections will be embraced.

Sewing Machine: Not Required

Supply Fee: $20 (Optional)

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]


22. 2-Day Encaustics On Paper & Fabric
Instructor: Clare Murray Adams

While encaustic wax and paint is most often worked on a solid surface such as wood, it also lends itself to working on a paper substrate in thin layers. It can be translucent or more transparent allowing underneath layers of color or imagery to be visible. The class will focus on layering papers and imagery through collage, using stencils, transferring imagery from photocopies, and burning/branding the paper. By working on a variety of papers from heavy weight such as printmaking papers to very thin handmade papers participants will experience the versatility of working with wax on paper. Experimentation is encouraged and by incorporating their own drawings, prints, fabrics, eco dyed materials individual results can be achieved.

Mounting 2D artworks will be demonstrated and participants will be encouraged to document the techniques and processes in an accordion fold book.

Sewing Machine: Not Required

Supply Fee: $50

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]


23. Making Prints Out of Solids – Lines & Shapes
Instructor: Maria Shell

Using solid colored quilters cottons, students will learn how to stitch an assortment of pieced prints including stripes, chevrons, polka dots, and pointy shapes. While learning how to make these new prints, students will also be given information about selecting a color palette, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts. A focused student can expect to finish a small composition during the course of this workshop.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Student Level: All Levels

Supply List [PDF]

 

 

 

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