Fabric Stencils • September 11, 18 & 25

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Wednesdays, September 11, 18 & 25, 6 – 8 pm

Karin Knudsen

Learn the basics of stencil design, using simple images and a flexible paper that is easily cut with the right tool. In this course, you will create stencils out of synthetic shibugami, a strong waterproof paper used in Japanese surface design like katazome (a resist technique). We will cover the basic principles of stencil work, including how to select a layout, design and transfer your image, and cut your stencil. The completed stencils will be appropriate for stencil paste resist (katazome), stencil + fabric paint techniques, and other surface design applications. With care and some careful design considerations, these hand-cut stencils can last a lifetime. Great for beginners and intermediate students excited to pattern cloth!  Although experience with surface design, printmaking, sketching, or stamping on fabric may be helpful, it is not required. Please note: The instructor will not be using Photoshop or any computer-aided techniques. Stencils with a hand-drawn feel will be emphasized and appreciated. Materials fee $42, payable to the instructor. **See supply list of items to bring to class**

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Instructor Bio:

Karin Knudsen is a practicing fiber artist specializing in katazome, a Japanese surface design technique, and is a weaver and indigo-dyer. She is the Guild Coordinator at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. Her background is in retail management and arts administration, as both an artist and a facilitator. Knudsen holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology. Karin Knudsen is a textile artist specializing in katazome: a Japanese surface-design technique using stencils and paste to create patterns. She designs and cuts all her own stencils using Japanese stencil paper, makes paste from scratch using the traditional ingredients, and works out of her tiny apartment in Minneapolis. In 2013, she spent six hot and humid summer weeks in Fujino, Japan living with an indigo-dyer. Karin’s approach to katazome emphasizes non-traditional pasting and dyeing techniques and the use of layered stencils to explore realistic and abstract images. She is an enthusiastic and patient instructor who believes all students can produce successful results.


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