The following workshops work really well for evenings or half-days. Each one fits nicely into a three- to four-hour time slot. The ones whose titles appear in olive green can be expanded into a full day.
Ever feel intimidated by paint? Or want to make your own decorative collage papers but don’t know where to start? This class is for you! Come in and learn technique after technique, layering them to create rich complex patterns that you can use in your collage, mixed media, fabric-paper, and many other projects. In the process, we will explore color relationships, pattern, scale, value, and other art elements that will strengthen your foundation for creative expression.
Collage in the Box Format
The box format gives us an opportunity to consider the question of content in both its physical and aesthetic senses, while at the same time learning some basic techniques of box making. In this workshop we will create a hard-cover hinged box and then use the box as a collage support. During the process we will discuss how the box relates to its contents as well as how the collage elements relate to the three-dimensional form. If time allows, we will begin a series of small collages that fit inside the box.
Basic Hardcover Pamphlet Book
There are as many ways to make a book by hand as there are artists who make them. Handmade books offer a wealth of possibilities for creative expression, combining visual content with text and structure. In this workshop we will make a multi-signature (lots of pages), hardcover book, using the basic pamphlet stitch. This method of bookbinding is accessible to the novice, and yet produces as substantial, sturdy book that will last a lifetime. Use it as a journal, a sketchbook, or photo album, or give it as a very special personalized gift.
Introduction to Fusion Fabric
Layering bits of fabrics, paper, fibers, threads, and other goodies between sheets of fusible web on a background fabric is the process I call “Fusion fabric”. There is no end to the possibilities of texture, depth, imagery, color, and complexity that you can achieve in these rich surfaces. In this workshop you will learn the basic techniques and end up with several gorgeous pieces of fusion fabric!