Workshops for Autumn

Workshops

I was asked to put together a list of some workshops to offer. As a member of two working studios, two new community arts non-profit organizations, listed in a few artist directories and a few guilds and groups, it does seem like a good idea to put some projects in “ink”, though I am still a big-time believer in keeping formats and topics flexible to meet the needs of the group!

I have had a great time working in Artist Residencies the past few years, with community groups, guilds, art schools and in public schools. If you are interested in youth programs please check the constantly-being-updated “schools” page. If you are in Cumberland County Schools please visit my page in their new Artist Directory.

Any questions and interest please email me.

Weaving

Weaving workshop students should have a loom to use, tools; include a sley/threading hook, tape measure, scissors for yarn (fabric scissors), large rubber bands (4 or more), shuttles with bobbins, yarns and fabric for weaving.

Beginning weaving: Includes introduction to weaving- tapestry vs rug vs fabrics, introduction to the loom, choosing yarns, winding warps (first warp is included in the class), sleying and threading the loom, winding on a warp and choosing weft.  Weaving can be as simple and challenging as the weaver chooses! (look at the variations in woven spider webs!) and weaving is always open to learning more- and we often have several beginning weaving classes. I always have handouts specific for each class with vocabulary, images, links to supportive sites and my email and phone for after-class questions and answers.

Variations in threading: Includes a discussion of structure, yarns and “twist” on fabric (may as well shake all the puns out, right?!) scale, finishing and other details of fabric weaving.

  • Two harness and rigid heddle weaving includes yarn variations, hand manipulated laces, inlay and pattern weaving.
  • Four and more can include variations in sleying and ways to use yarn, tabby, twill, overshot, summer and winter, lace weaves and weaving with blocks. Workshops can be designed for 2,4,6,8 harnesses.

Sett to Weave. Size matters, density is important. It is important to explore how to place your yarns in the reed- tighter, looser, variation in yarn sizes all affect the drape and final product. In this workshop we will weave and share samples for future reference. This workshop is fun for a group and guild!

Find it, Weave it! Free-weaving uses found objects and materials for a frame, can include small tapestry for jewelry and wall art, is a fun social project for community groups, schools, guilds and professional development groups. Examples include: branch weaving with environmental emphasis, bicycle wheels with other found materials for cycling events, cardboard looms with materials that include items from the workplace as weaving options, phrases to be constructed into poems, etc.

Dyeing

Dye Crazy: Warp and weft dyeing with Procion MX series dyes. These are synthetic dyes- we follow OSHA recommendations. Includes introduction to color mixing, variations in primaries, secondary colors, color harmony, inspiration from nature and everyday life (for some  these are combined, not everyone)

Featuring Fiber: Surface Design on Fabrics

Surface design workshops can be focused on fabrics for quilting and special projects (such as for book covers, purses, collage and other composition, etc.) , embellishment on clothing- ready-made, blanks or pieces in construction.

Printmaking using textile pigments. Workshop includes introduction to block printing and creating distinctive blocks for printing, using found objects for printing (objects from daily use, leaves, vegetables, etc).

Transfer of images on fabric and paper. Simple with a lot of open-ended variations, images are transferred onto fabric or paper and color is added with a variety of techniques.

Marble on fabric and paper. Workshop includes discussion of historical patterns, pigment and bath options, pattern. We will use cotton, rayon, silk, cotton papers.

Resistance. A workshop that includes folding and dyeing, stitching and dyeing and clamping and dyeing to create patterns, visual texture and color interaction on fabrics. We use cotton, rayon, silk and a variety of dyes including natural dyes (if a dye kitchen area is available) and Procion MX series dyes.

Bookmaking

The two projects below include a student-designed cover (front and back), inner pages and thoughtful content.

Accordion books are fun, open-ended as to design opportunities, can include a variety of challenges as to content, functionality and concepts.

Side bound books can be very inspiring as to materials, can be very functional as well as an artistic expression and conventionality.

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