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Mixed-media sculptor and installation artist Sarah Kusa completed residencies at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in fall 2016 and Ragdale (Lake Forest, Illinois) in fall 2017. Come hear about her experiences at these contrasting residencies, including what was inspiring about each place and what each one gave her art practice. Get a better sense of what you might seek out in a residency experience of your own.
This talk is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is not required, but appreciated. To get your name on the list, please call 612-436-0464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Needle felt an Eastern bluebird or an American goldfinch to celebrate spring! Students will learn to needle felt a three-dimensional bird from corriedale wool roving and apply lifelike characteristics using merino prefelt and merino roving. Learn finishing details for glass bead eyes, mounting, and hanging as an ornament. Participants will complete one bird and leave with enough supplies to make a second bird on their own. Students of Karen’s previous needle felting classes will progress in their use of materials to create accurate expressions of specific forms. Beginners also welcome. Materials fee $30, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.
Wednesday, May 30, 6-8 pm
Wondering if dyeing is for you? Give it a try in this quick two hour workshop. Learn a bit about procion dyes, working with cellulose fibers, and dip into an exciting and vast textile technique. Bring your own item to dye and a few other items you can find around your house. We will provide the dyes and equipment. Download supply list.
Wondering if sashiko is for you? Give it a try in this project based class! Working with a kit containing authentic sashiko thread, needle, and pre-designed fabric, you will test out sashiko stitches, learn a little about the history of the technique, and come away with a hand stitched coaster. Sashiko coaster kits will be available for purchase in advance in the Shop for $14 (members save 10%). Download supply list for more details.
Explore the fundamentals of the ancient technique of wet felting. Using modern materials, learn to lay out wool, the steps to create quality felt, and build a foundation for more complex projects. This is a great class for beginners and those who’d like to improve their felt making skills. Materials fee $20, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.
Pick up a needle and learn some stitches! Whether this is an intro to embroidery for you, a refresher course, or an opportunity to be in the company of other needleworkers, you’ll enjoy a morning of stitching. Learn how to stretch fabric on a hoop, how to choose the right needles, and basic embroidery stitches, such as stem, chain, satin, and the French knot. You will create a small embroidery inspired by vintage/mod flowers which could be used piece that can be used on a cushion, a book cover, a tote bag or pencil case. Materials fee $8, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.
Are you curious about the world of natural dyeing, but not sure where to start? If so, this is the perfect introduction! We will start with an overview of the dyeing process and common recipes used to obtain successful results. Then we will try out using multiple methods of natural dyeing including: dyeing with an organic indigo vat, fresh flower and plant material eco printing, and whole-dyestuff vats. This class is designed to give you a hands-on experience with some of the more common methods used in natural dyeing, and equip you with the tools to feel confident in planning your next natural dye project. Beginners welcome! Materials fee $17, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.
Need to spice up your yarn stash? Add color and more color to your favorite yarn by hand-painting it with dye. This class will focus on techniques for dyeing animal fibers, so bring your undyed or light colored skeins of wool, silk, alpaca, and llama. Learn how to use acid dyes on these protein fibers and how to blend colors or make bold stripes as you paint. Then learn how to steam set the colors, rinse and dry. Materials fee $5, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.
Do you also have plant fiber yarn in your stash? Try Paint a Skein 2: Plant Fibers.
Is there a piece of polyester, a bride’s maid gown, fake fur coat or polar fleece yardage that you would love to change? You can learn to colorfully alter fake fabrics, and explore possibilities for pleating and texturizing your fabrics. In the morning, paint and learn to use the steam cabinet. In the afternoon, dive into the dye pots, forcing your fabrics into alternate states of textures, pleats, and sculpture. In addition to exploring your creativity, you will gain experience in the safe use of the dye lab, including the steam cabinet and dye pots; deep knowledge of what heat does to fake fabrics; and the intricacies of disperse dyes. Materials fee $10, payable to the instructor. Supply list available soon.
Even experienced sewers run into problems that they are uncertain how to solve. Maybe you know theoretically, but you’d like someone at your elbow to coach you through it. Sewing Study Hall is for people who already know how to sew, know how their machine works, but need some expert advice on a project. Bring your project, pattern, and your own machine, notions, etc. and Kathleen Richert will help you with the challenges and get on your way again. Sewing Study Hall is a great way to meet other people and learn from their projects too. Supply list available soon.
Sewing Study Hall is also offered on July 18 and August 8.
Whether you are looking for a basic introduction to weaving on a frame loom, or you want to experiment with a creative modern tapestry, you’ve found the right workshop. Get familiar with the tools, gain experience warping the loom, and try basic weaving. Techniques covered will include plain weave, basic shapes, rya knots, creating pile with rya loops, and finishing details. We will also discuss finishing your piece and hanging. Materials fee $12, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.
Artist Pam Collins has developed a way to use fabric like paint to create beautiful and unique art with fabric. No, we are not actually painting on fabric. Rather we will be taking many different kinds of fabric, different textures of fabric, including both new material and recycled, and creating art by a process of gluing and layering it onto a stretched fabric surface. Throughout this process, you will learn about basic color theory; how colors recede and what colors push things forward. Learn how certain fabrics make great waves or sky or prairie; how to use textured fabric; how to create texture; and incorporate different prints into specific images. While the focus of the class will be on creating a landscape or seascape, you will learn about design and have the freedom to develop your own design. You will be encouraged to play with colors and textures, and discover how a piece of taffeta can become a sky, or a small piece of upholstery fabric can turn into a rock formation or a tree. The process is simple, but the challenge, and fun, is making the textiles transform into a three-dimensional looking piece of art. Materials fee $35, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.
Pam Collins is a professional artist who lives and works in rural Minnesota. Her mediums include textiles, mosaics, and glass. She has taught workshops for 15 years in area schools, local art centers, and in her studio. The process of using fabric as a medium for creating art is something that she developed on her own, drawing on her background as a seamstress, a watercolorist, and a mosaic artist as well as simply having always loved the feel and texture of fabric. View her website pamcollinsart.com.
Early bird pricing $595, expires May 7, 2018, 5 pm
After May 7, 2018, 5 pm
Textile Center members: $625
Create richly embellished artwork through intense machine stitching on your own images printed on fabric. This workshop covers the creation of artwork beginning with a digital photograph, all the way through manipulation and preparation of image with digital software such as Photoshop, to printing, layering, stitching, backing and finishing. You will create 2 pieces in class, a small sampler provided by the instructor for building technical and design skills in digital embroidery, and a larger (16 x 20”+) personal finished piece from one of your own digital photos. Each day will include demos on techniques, presentation of various artist’s work and lots of time to practice, explore, and discuss. Individual time with teacher will be part of the daily working process. Students can use their own photographs or can choose from a selection of the teacher‘s images. Come ready to play and experiment with a fresh new approach to your textile art making vocabulary!
Photoshop expertise or computer not required. Students must have beginner to intermediate sewing skills and be able to operate their sewing machine independently. Materials fee $35, payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
Barbara Schneider is an artist who uses nature as the starting point for creating abstract, sophisticated interpretations in mixed media. Schneider began quilting in 1996 and discovered the pleasure of working with cloth, paint, dye, and thread. Her interest in the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi strongly influences the work.
Schneider holds a Bachelor of Science in Visual Design from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. An extensive background in surface design provides expertise and material for her workshop teaching. Exhibitions include Quilt National 2013; SAQA’s Seasonal Palette; Art in Embassies program at the U. S. Embassy in Vientiane, Laos; and Form Not Function at The Carnegie Center for Creative Arts. Numerous publications have featured her work, which is held in both private and public collections. She maintains a studio in Harvard, Illinois. http://www.barbaraschneider-artist.com
Tuesday, May 22, 6-9 pm
Good design starts with understanding the basics. Learn the key elements to any design, such as point, line, form, shape and space, movement, color, pattern, and texture. These elements–the structure of any artwork—can be isolated and defined, and can carry a wide variety of messages and narratives. Materials fee $15, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.
Whether it’s for the love of nature or the love of plant motifs on textiles, learn how to use plants to eco print on your garments. Discover clever folding techniques to eco print on any garment, explore and have fun with elements of eco printing and experimenting with mordants, natural dyes, tannins, and leaves. This is a great way to enhance or freshen up clothing already in your closet. Materials fee $60, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.
Learn 6 different folding and tying shibori methods to add surface interest to fabric. Experiment with each method twice so that you leave class with twelve samples total to add to your fabric and skill portfolio. This is a great opportunity to focus on multiple resist patterns, combine different methods, or layer colors of ProMX Reactive dyes. Materials fee $20, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.
Check out Shibori Dyeing: Tied Up Part 2 for even more shibori techniques.