Available Workshops Open for Registration

________________________________________________________May/June 2019Quilt/Surface Design Symposium, Columbus, Ohio

Creating the Illusion of Depth in Art Quilts

May 27–31, 2019

Discover a variety of ways to create the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional plane (in our case, a quilt.) Along with fabric, students will work in a collage style, using mixed media such as paints, papers and found objects to create a series of small studies. We will paint, sew, fuse and glue, concentrating on design principles such as overlapping, placement, size, value and focus. In the end, you will leave with a better sense of command over how to create a feeling of three dimensions, depth and foreground/background within your two-dimensional art.

  

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Mixed-Media Techniques to Enhance Art Quilts

Using a limited color palette, we’ll create 10 to 20 small design studies using paint, paper, fabric, found objects and gel medium. Layering, painting and collaging will reveal common elements in the design studies Each day opens with a design presentation and demonstrations of techniques for working with mixed media materials. Everyone will leave with a book of sample studies documenting their experiments.

June 1–2, 2019

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July 2019Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, California

Mendocino Blues

Borrowing the magic of the blue skies surrounding Mendocino, this retreat-like workshop takes worn denim blue jeans and turns them into works of art.  Keeping design principles in mind, students will construct a quilt top out of cut up denim blue jeans along with other clothing or scraps.  Students will learn about the Gee’s Bend Quilters, Boro and Kantha stitching, and unconventional interpretations of construction techniques.  Imperfection is encouraged along with outside of the box strategies and approaches.  Weather permitting, a field trip to the Headlands to study the art of nature, will be included.

July 2–27, 2019

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July 2–Mendocino Landscape Reinterpreted Through Art Quilts

 Do you embrace the surrounding environment?  Do you like to recycle materials and create a greener environment?  Do you have a giant stash of fabric that you would like to use up?  If so, then this workshop is for you!   This workshop uses scraps of fabric from other projects along with mixed media elements such as found objects, papers, lovely trash, interesting textures and repurposed clothing.  Students will be taught methods to make this kind of quilt image possible.  Compositional elements will be the focus and daily presentations will cover topics such as design inspiration, finding your voice as an artist and design elements.  Bring in a favorite Mendocino photo for inspiration.   This fun, collaborative and liberating workshop will allow your design voice to become more apparent.

July 2–29, 2019

  

  

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September 2019–Stitchin Post, Sisters, Oregon
Mixing Up the Mediums–3 days

The goal of this workshop is to learn to incorporate mixed media materials with art quilting by creating small compositions using related elements. Techniques are taught using fabric, canvas, paint, paper, found objects and gel medium, while using a limited range of paint colors. Mark making and layering will be emphasized using the collage approach. Each day opens with a design presentation and demonstrations of techniques. This mixed medium play workshop will allow you to step gently out of your comfort zone in a collaborative and supportive environment! Learning these techniques will expand the tools you need to give you more options when creating a quilt. Lunch is included with this workshop.

September 19–21, 2019

  

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September 2019–The Three Sisters: a Magical Trilogy

Quilting is intertwined with our history, the common thread that connects people to one another, generation to generation and cultures to other cultures. By its very essence, quilting is a celebration of the human condition and our stitches are the paths that bring us home after a long journey. This unique retreat-like workshop focuses on how quilting relates to you as an artist. Content includes finding inspiration in your work, celebrating your voice as an artist, and the power of breaking the rules, combined with exercises which focus on foundation piecing, raw edge applique and hand stitching. You’ll learn mixed media techniques and incorporate them into your work. This method celebrates the imperfect, the organic line, and making mistakes. Daily presentations and discussions focus on how your art relates specifically to these topics. You will walk away from this retreat workshop with a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as an artist along with a more refined artist vision. Lunch is included with this workshop.

September 23–27, 2019

  

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October 2019–Hudson River Valley Art Workshops

Greenville, New York–5 days

The Three Sisters: Raw Edge Applique, Foundation Piecing, & Mark Making

This unique, coloring outside the lines, retreat-like workshop with Deborah Fell focuses on how raw edge appliqué, foundation piecing, and mark making, can create more options for your design toolbox. Content will include using these techniques with the collage method to create a more consistent design style. Using this method allows you to have greater choices when approaching the design and implementation of an art quilt. Along with celebrating the imperfect, the organic line and making mistakes, this method opens up innovative avenues for construction options.

Participants will also learn the power of limiting your color palette for materials. Daily presentations and discussions will focus on how your art relates specifically to these topics. Deborah will teach techniques designed to strengthen your ability to make design elements relate. Over the course of the workshop, participants will create several small compositions incorporating these techniques, which can be used to jump start a series. The goal is to walk away from this workshop with more tools and options for you to use in your work.

Oct 13–19, 2019

  


2020

Woodland Ridge Retreat

Menomonie, Wisconsin–5 days

May 5-9, 2020

The Three Sisters: An Unconventional Approach to Foundation Piecing, Raw Edge Applique & Hand Stitching

Why a trilogy? The magic of threes comes together with an unconventional approach to foundation piecing, raw edge applique and hand stitching. Combining these techniques opens a door to the possibility of new approaches to design decisions. Students will begin by making small compositions, using the combined elements of fabric and art paper. Guidance is provided on how to translate these small compositions into larger scale compositions. Panel piecing, using muslin as a base, is explored as a manageable option of working with small fabric scraps to create an image. Approaching hand stitching as a mark making design element, brings the final magic to the trilogy. Students are provided with direct instruction through demos, presentations and handouts. Content includes using these techniques with the collage method to create a more consistent design style. Using this approach allows you to have greater choices when approaching the design and implementation of an art quilt. Students will also learn the power of limiting your color palette for materials. Along with celebrating the imperfect, the organic line and making mistakes, this method opens up innovative avenues for construction options. Imperfection is encouraged. This workshop will provide more tools and options for you to use in your work.

  

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