The busy season is will underway. I have several teaching projects happening and the show season officially start for me this weekend. I am on my way to Williamsburg for An Occassion for the Arts. It is a great show, so if you have a chance, stop by and see me and all the other wonderful artisans. I am on North Boundary Street booth number Y6. Looking forward to a successful season.
The weather has been great for working in the dye studio and getting ready for the Tidewater Quilt Guild Show next week. This the best part of my work, planning colors and patterns and seeing them come alive on the cottons linens and silks. Excited to be accepted in An Occasion for the Arts show this fall in Williamsburg. Looking forward to so much creating this summer.
My entry in the Bra Ha Ha event to raise money for womens’ breast health. You can see it and more creative and fun bras made by others from the Smithfield area at the Art Center @ 319. This creation was inspired by the persistant mother bird in my earlier post. Like in mother nature, we have to adapt, adjust, nurture and persist in helping all women have access to what they need for their health.
I have some classes coming this summer at my studio. Please let me know if you are interested, space is limited.
Sewing for Beginners and Intermediate
June 26, July 3 12:30-4pm Teens 12-18 $40 each class all materials included Students will work on projects to help enhance their sewing skills. Focus on seam allowance, edge finishing, pleats, darts, hemming, etc., will be covered in this class. New and unique material uses included.
Creative Fiber Arts July 31, August 14 12:30-4pm $40 each class all materials included Teens and Adults Students will work on projects using different types of fabric embellishment techniques. Focus on surface design on fabric, dyeing, stencil, print, hand stitching and embroidery.
This is one of the new design I just finished for a rather large hand printed fabric order. I was interesting to translate a small square piece of collage work into yardage of fabric. It did give me a lot of inspiration for future designs. I am currently doing a lot of “playing” with surface design, and will soon have some 1/2 yards and fat quarters on line for sale.
So much going on around here, life and work. I am working on new design ideas as well as techniques for fabric. There is a book that I always like to refer to when I feel stuck or need a little technique refresher, the book is “The Surface Designer’s Handbook” by Holly Brackmann. I recommend it to anyone who would like an overview in adding color and design to textiles. It offer some very good technical information with a lot of step by step and finished product photos.
I found these beautiful paintings over at Surface Design. It is so inspirational the different techniques and styles you find in art work. I have been working with fabrics for many years and with silk painting as one my main focus, these wonderful silk paintings presenta very different style, palette, and skill than the way I work. I wish I had time to go to the National Gallery of Art in Washington to see them in person.
Summer fashion is so tricky, as you get older. I especially need to cover my legs-scars. So I like pants, but not capri pants, they just seem to make everyone look short and chunky, I wear them at home and always feel fat. I do love the new wide leg crop pants that are “trendy” this year. I have been making a similar version for years, but know maybe I can purchase a pair as well. On the the next issure….SHOES…..
I have a silk painting workshop coming up in Smithfield at the Art Center@319, contact them to register. This is a day long class at the new location of Isle of Wight Arts League we will learn and practice several techniques and complete several samples and a finished silk scarf. The class size is limited due to space, so sign up early to try out this beautiful art form. It has been a couple of years since I offered this class, so I look forward to working with everyone.
So many last minute details to get my class schedule as well as order ready. I like the combination of printing, applique, embroidery on my bags and pillows. One of the classes I am planning is a kind of fabric collage using these elements.
With the weather so nice, it is hard to stay indoors. The garden is calling me, maybe some hand sewing on the porch for now.