Weekend - May 25-27, 2018
Boro-style Paper - $300
Boro is a Japanese term meaning something tattered or repaired. Fold, pleat, wax, press, dye (with indigo, black walnut, and pigments), flatten, deconstruct, reconstruct, make marks, and stitch on assorted papers. Use some of the newly designed papers to make a Japanese tabletop hinged screen.
All skill levels (Must be willing to experiment)
Claudia Lee, studio artist, consultant, author and instructor working in handmade paper, is a two-time recipient of a Master's Grant and the creator of the 2011 Governor's Arts Awards.
Weeklong - June 3-8, 2018
Making Books with Fabric: Explorations in Cloth, Collage, and Collecting - $550
Create book structures that use fabric, paper, collage, and your personal collections. Combine hand stitching and machine sewing with paper collage and traditional book binding techniques. Explore photographic printing on fabric; create pages with pockets, zippers, and buttons; incorporate found objects; utilize relief printing on cloth and paper; and more. Projects will include a Chinese thread book with hidden compartments, a blank sketchbook with a cloth cover and an embellished spine, a long stitch book with fabric pages, and an accordion book with unlimited potential.
Nashville, Tennessee artist Lesley Patterson-Marx works in the mediums of books arts, marbling, printmaking, and fabric. With a BA in Fine Art from Murray State University, Kentucky, and an MFA from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, she has exhibited her work in galleries, art centers, colleges, and universities throughout the United States, as well as abroad.
Weeklong - June 24-29, 2018
Painterly Embroidered Images - $550
Learn a mixed-media, improvisational approach to creating layered, pieced, and collaged images. Using combinations of fabric, thread, yarn, and paint, explore color and texture while developing an artistic vocabulary of marks. A range of fabric painting, fabric manipulation, and surface embellishment techniques will be covered, including trapunto, embroidery, woven embroidery, pleating, gathering, and more. No prior painting or fiber experience required.
All skill levels
Erin E. Castellan has a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University. She was an Artist-in-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and a Society for Contemporary Craft LEAP Award finalist. Erin’s embroidered paintings have been in numerous exhibits across the United States, and were published in volume 118 of New American Paintings.
Weekend - July 6-8, 2018
Exploration of Hand Painted Silk; Silks, Dyes and Resist Methods - $300
Discover (or deepen your knowledge of) the magic of dye on silk. Work with a variety of silks, dyes, and resists to create a scarf and wearable art or wall hanging. Experience the entire process of realizing your design on a scarf and then creating a second piece of your choice, either a simple shirt or a wall hanging.
Traci Paden, MFA in Design, creates silk paintings that are a fusion of luxurious silk, vivid color and artistic expression. Living and working in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Traci has been a silk painter for 17 years (full time for 10 years).
Weeklong - July 15-20, 2018
Pushing The Limits on Screen Printing! - $550
Discover how playful experimentation can work collaboratively with traditional screen-printing techniques. Use versatile non-toxic textile pigments on fabric while learning to print with contact paper, tape, photo emulsion stencils, wax, and much more. Non-traditional approaches to the printing process make creativity exciting and fun. Create yards of unique fabric.
Beginner (Must be able stand for several hours comfortably)
Jeanne Brady is a professional artist and instructor with over 20 years of university and workshop teaching experience. Surface design, printmaking, along with drawing and painting on fabric are Brady's areas of expertise and her passion.
Weeklong - July 22-27, 2018
Sculptural Weaving - $550
Apply traditional basket weaving techniques to contemporary sculptural explorations. Based on weaving traditions that go back thousands of years, learn the fundamentals of twining, coiling and plaiting. Use traditional and non-traditional materials as a springboard to adapt, integrate, and explore your sculptural interests and material choices. Investigate various types of base beginnings, different weaves, and the integration of solid objects. Build, destroy, unravel, reweave, glue, drill, hammer, and tape. Play and tinker while taking risks with materials .
Novice-Intermediate (Some background in 3D is useful, but not necessary)
Nathalie Miebach translates scientific data related to meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores and installations. Miebach is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner Award, TED Global Fellowship, Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship. Her work has been shown in the United States and abroad and has been reviewed by publications spanning fine arts, design, and technology.
Weekend - August 3-5, 2018
Free-motion Thread Painting - $300
Learn to use the sewing machine to “draw” and “paint” with thread. Drop the feed-dogs on the machine and sew freely. From quilts to clothing, this technique can be used to decorate and embellish many fiber creations. Starting with the basics of free-motion embroidery, discover how to build layers of color to create images with depth and shading.
Novice (No free-motion experience necessary; basic sewing machine experience helpful)
Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen was formerly an artist-in-residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft. She currently lives in St. Louis Missouri, and teaches sewing classes & textile workshops. Kelsey's current studio work is embroidery-based and utilizes portrait imagery, text, and floral motifs.