2020-21 Calendar

Boisali Biswas

April 13, 2021

Lecture & Slide Show: "My Journey as a Fiber Artist"

 

    Our good friend Boisali Biswas will be joining us for our morning event to present her very new slide show encompassing her unique journey through various fiber and textile studies, from needle weaving to painted weavings to wearables. 

    Those of us who have been fortunate enough to visit Boisali’s home or gallery showings will get to revisit some favorites as well as see new work, and those who have not yet made those treks will be introduced to a wonderful world of texture and textile that will make them eager for more!   See her website here.

Missy Graff Ballone

April 13, 2021

Interactive Lecture: "Movement for Makers"

    We will be joined this afternoon by Missy Graff Ballone (wellnessformakers.com), who is a yoga instructor, massage therapist and artist. She has developed a practice that combines her passions into creating wellness and movement for makers so we can continue to ply our crafts while protecting our bodies with movements, postures and easy exercises that will enhance our creative lives.

Laura Murray

May 11-12, 2021

Lecture: "Creating the Wow!!”

Laura Murray is well-known to many as the Paintstik Queen (lauramurraydesigns.com). She is a prolific quilt and garment maker who personalizes her work with Paintstiks and other surface design techniques. She will be Zooming in from Minneapolis to present a combination slide show of her wonderfully embellished garments and a demonstration of some of her techniques. A lively question/answer opportunity will follow.

Workshop: "Repurposing Your Fabric with Paintstiks"

This interactive class will have you working along with Laura as she demonstrates and teaches even more techniques to show you how to make that fabric that “isn’t quite right” into exactly what you need. There will be lots of hands-on opportunities as well as a slide show of numerous different application ideas. Don’t have Paintstiks - or need more? Laura will be offering a generous 20% discount to guild members who want to stock up. Details to follow!

For Supply List and additional information, please see the Workshops page.

Nadine Cloutier

July 13 or 14, 2021

Workshop: "Natural Dyeing without Chemicals"

This will be a one-day workshop offered on both July 13th and July 14th. Tentative times are 9:30 am until 3:30 PM each day.

Build a journal of dye recipes with corresponding fabric samples of each dye and modifier used in the workshop. This will act as a guide and reference for your future projects.

 

Learn about local plants, trees, nuts, bark, and spices that offer substantive dye colors, chemical free mordants that modify and provide rich colors, and plants to grow and harvest for your own dye supply. Nadine will go through steps on how to extract and make the dyes from vegetables, fruit, teas and local flowers.

 

A booklet of dye recipes will be in each kit so the finished fabric samples of each dye, mordant and modifier used can be attached for future reference.

For Supply List and additional information, please see the Workshops page.

2021-22 Calendar

Lesley Riley

May 2022

Lesley's lecture and workshop are TENTATIVE

Lecture: "Wet Cyan Printing and More”

Lesley Riley, internationally known fiber artist, instructor, writer, and Artist success coach will be visiting us for a unique lecture/workshop experience following this tumultuous year that is redefining so many aspects of our lives and our work. With that in mind, she will share with us a new lecture about her Artist Work and ours in what is certain to be an enlightening and thought-provoking discussion of the creative life.

Workshop: "Wet Cyan Printing Plus!"

Join Lesley for a 2-1/2 day workshop exploring her unique wet cyan techniques on fabric and paper as well as a dive into her toolbox for ideas to fill your own.

In Lesley’s words…”Serendipity is my middle name. I would rather create 1000 random, happy accidents that one piece with a perfectly planned and achieved outcome. It is very liberating to make something that is, for the most part, out of your control. It releases the angst that can come with art making and kicks your inner critic’s butt. Plus the absolute simplicity of the nearly fail-safe technique and chemistry almost guarantees that you will make a successful print within a short time. Now, of course there are some methods, means and materials that you need to know about to get the results you lust over. That’s where I come in. We will start with the basics of cyanotype printing and quickly more onto the many variables that make wet-cyanotype printing so magically delicious. Your will learn all my methods, tips, tricks, and best practices regarding:

Paper, fabric, plants, water, water application, workspace set-up, contact printing, alternative materials, solution mixing and application, additives that change chemistry and color, post-print processing, timing and temperature, troubleshooting results, turning blah into beautiful, and….what not to do!”

You will leave this workshop with a library of possibilities and an encyclopedia of techniques

For registration and additional information, please see the Workshops page.

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