2016: August 18-20 — 2-day workshop, “Designing Art Quilts,” and program. Westside Quilters, Los Angeles, CA. Programs@westsidequilterslosangeles.org.
2017: April 26-May 1 — 5-day workshop, “Drawn to Fabric: The No Fear Inking Experience,” Empty Spools at Asilomar, Session V, Pacific Grove, CA. www.emptyspoolsseminars.com
These classes can be customized to accommodate individual group requirements, and can be booked in combination for more extended workshops. I prefer at least 2 workshop days for travel, depending on destination. For further information on bookings, contact me.
Program: New Journeys of an Art Quilter
This is a lighthearted retrospective look at the development of my work, an overview of 40 years of textile work and play, including the very surprising (to both of us) advent of my husband into the art quilt world to join me in the fun. Some of the current techniques I use and teach are shown. A small trunk show is given after the talk.
Note: This is a Powerpoint program, so a screen or wall and a darkened room will be needed.
Inking Your Fabric: (1-2 Day)
Textile inks have a wonderful range of applications in quiltmaking. For both traditional and innovative uses, from the simplest shading of an appliquéd leaf or petal to detailed color work on human faces, inks can enhance your work and add new, beautiful dimension to your quilts. Learn easy, effective shading and blending techniques in this workshop working from your own photos or drawings, any subject matter, which will allow you to produce images of your choice. No prior art experience required – just come with an “I can do it!” attitude. Simple, fun exercises on paper and fabric.
Faces in Fabric: (1 or more days)
This workshop is for those who are interested in a more specific look at rendering the human face convincingly in fabric, no matter what your drawing skills may be. Not an art student? Not to worry — you learn successful tracing and basic shading with a few fun drawing exercises, some basic techniques and the use of lightboxes, we can all make textile portraits with people that look like real people. Some drawing on paper, and some work on fabric. In class time experiment with fabric, markers, colored pencils and pastels, and produce realistic, effective faces on fabric. This workshop provides the tools you need to later customize and use your own photos or drawings of people in your quilts. All skill levels welcome – this is an “I can do it!” experience for anyone willing to try.
Drawn to Fabric: The No Fear Inking Experience (2-5 days)
Anyone can learn to achieve beautiful, realistic imagery on fabric of your favorite person, pet or picture. With textile inks and other fun surface design materials, realistic imagery is easily created using my successful tracing and basic shading techniques. Work from your own photographic prints, tracing onto fabric. Learn basic elements of design to create your well-composed master pattern and explore design elements. Emphasis is on individual applications of techniques, and the importance of developing your own style. No prior art experience necessary – everyone will succeed in this class, with specific applications for achieving beautiful imagery on fabric.
Traditionals Transformed: (1 Day)
Give an old favorite a new twist – take a traditional block and tweak it. Learn to draft and piece distorted traditional blocks. Also learn my simple paperless freeform curved machine piecing technique which allows students to quickly build abstract texture in their quilts. The sample barn quilt is totally machine pieced, including the machine-inset sphere. Class time will be mostly spent on learning to distort traditional quilt blocks, both curved and straight distortions, and why and how to use this in your work, and to practice my freeform “P-Free” piecing technique: no Pins, no Paper, and no Pain! This is free-wheeling rotary cutting fun for those ready to try working curves more freely and without patterns.
Wild Rose: (1 Day, ideal follow-up to Traditionals Transformed)
Tired of following patterns? Using a free-form, paperless curved machine piecing technique, really free yourself up by learning to produce pieced roses with no pattern. A diagram is provided for guidance, and instruction on how to work freely is emphasized. This workshop is geared for those who are interested in breaking away from patterns and being able to build textures in their quilts in a fast, free manner. No appliqué – all rotary cutting and machine curved piecing work. This technique is very applicable to individual variations in each student’s own style.
The Portrait Project: the Many Facets of People and Pets: (Minimum 3 days)
Create an all-around multiple-image art quilt portrait of your favorite person or pet, because one single view just doesn’t convey the whole persona. With textile inks and other fun surface design materials, realistic imagery is easily created using my successful tracing and basic shading techniques. Work from your own photographic prints, tracing onto fabric. Learn the elements of design, create your well-composed master pattern, incorporating several views of the face and figure, plus hand-written text to describe your subject or tell a story. No prior art experience necessary – everyone will succeed in this class, with multiple images that portray the bigger picture.
For scheduling a workshop or program, please contact me.