2014 Fibers Workshops
2014 Workshop Brochure
Screen Printing -- May 16 - 18
Beautiful Batik and Books -- June 20 - 22
Learn the ancient art of batik, with a twist! Our works will be created on paper rather than the more traditional cloth surface, with a wax resist, paper pigments, and acrylic paints. We will use these layered and luminous papers to enhance a handmade journal. Instruction will include batik techniques, book binding, and embellishments. Expect to play in this class and give free rein to your creative instincts, No prior experience necessary.
I began my artistic explorations at the age of four when presented with an extraordinary gift of paint and brushes. As an adult, I became a painter and print maker in NYC, showing my work in the U.S. and abroad. Now happily to the Brasstown, NC community, I am a full-time painter, paper, and book artist, enjoying the playful layered, and mysterious approach to expression.
Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk -- June 23 - 28
Sculptural papermaking students will learn about the fascinating properties of Flax, Abaca, and Kozo fibers, and how they can be processed to create unique sculptural forms. Students will learn beating techniques to create high shrinkage pulps that produce strong translucent papers. A variety of armature building techniques will be explored in conjunction with the manipulation of wet sheets throughout the week of papermaking.
Megan Singleton is an artist, educator, and nature explorer. She is adjunct faculty at Webster University, where she teaches Papermaking and Studio Art Classes. In 2005, she received her BFA in photography from Webster University and earned her MFA in sculpture from Louisiana State University in 2012. Her studio is based in Saint Louis, MO, where she investigates and collects materials from the landscape that can be used in the papermaking process.
Finding Form Through Fabric -- July 11 - 13
Dye It, Resist It, Rust It! -- July 14 - 19
Explore textiles and surface design in this exciting and dynamic experimental class. Students will learn how to add pattern to cloth with resists, rust effects, textile paints and dye. Investigate many surface design avenues including: imagery transfer methods, hand created stamps and stencils, sun prints, and found objects used to alter the textile surface. Textiles created in this class can be used in a multitude of ways including art cloth, art quilts, fashion, sewing and book projects.
Naomi S. Adams holds and M.F.A. from the University of North Texas. Naomi’s work was included in Quilt National 2011, and received the “Most Innovative Use of the Medium Award.” She is the Assistant Professor of Art and Fiber Media at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.
JoEl Levy Loguidice
Woven Rag Purses and Pouches -- July 23 - 27
Weaving with rags is the ultimate recycling project. Beginners will learn the basics of how to set up and weave on a 4-harness floor loom. Intermediate students will have the opportunity to explore various techniques such as log cabin and twisted weft. Create small purses and pouches with fabric remnants as your weaving material.
JoEl Levy Logiudice has been a fibers instructor at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft; Florida Community College in Jacksonville, FL; Vanderbilt University Sarratt Center in Nashville, TN; and at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. Her weavings and mixed media works have been exhibited throughout the Southeast.
Weaving with Non-Traditional Materials -- July 30 - Aug 3
Learn the basics of weaving using metal, plastic, and paper to create jewelry and small sculpture. Working in the Fibers and Metals studios, explore a myriad of techniques that can be employed across the two disciplines. We will weave with fishing line on a loom and free-form weave with paper, brass, copper, and aluminum, using the rolling mill, hydraulic press, and torches.
Anastasia Azure combines ancient textile techniques, traditional metalsmithing, and contemporary materials to create jewelry and sculpture. She earned her MFA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design, her BFA in Metals from California College of the Arts. She was a three-year resident artist at the Appalachian Center for Craft. Her work is collected by museums and exhibited internationally.
Expressive Feltmaking -- Aug 4 - 9
We will explore felt in all its forms: thick, thin, heavy, light, flat, and three-dimensional. Wet and needle felting will be covered, along with special techniques such as nuno felting and creating hollow forms. An emphasis will be placed on the expressive possibilities this diverse material allows for. The techniques learned will allow participants to create wearable art, sculpture, wall hangings, toys, or anything else that can be imagined.
Jennifer is a fiber artist and sculptor whose work ranges from wearable art to room-sized installations. She is inspired by the natural world and the exploration of materials and process. She received her BFA in jewelry/metals from Western Michigan University, and her MFA in fibers from Savannah College of Art and Design.