I have been painting away, and we will be painting in my classes this coming week. Hope to have some new workshops in direct silk painting, screen printing collage in Smithfield at the Art Center @319. I will have my Etsy shop open again next week for all the scarves and shirts.
My students have creating their own fabric design for a future project. We have been using stencils but I hope to bring in some other types of print materials in the future-block and screen printing and maybe some silk direct painting. Hand printing is very relevant in the arts and crafts world, and getting back to hand made items. I really hope the art students today will take these new ideas and bring some change in the mass produced items that have taken over.
When we create in my design business I like to think we are making quality items that can be the there for the future-we use natural fabric and real wood.
I love these printed fabrics in photo that I found via Flickr and Found in the Fridge.
I love the combination of many different fabrics, the hand printing pulls it all together. Does anyone have any hand printing projects out there?
I usually do not follow typical mainstream trends when it comes to my art work. I do look at web sites and magazines, but when I try to but fabric, they usually do not have what I am looking for. I print, applique, and embroidery on the fabric, but the base colors are what I need. It is interesting that several trends I recently read about, are already in my group. “Green” reclaimed, rescued materials, which I use in my wood tiles as well as fabric embellishments, and mustard yellow, and polka dots.
I have been planning my class for this fall as well as the final session of the summer workshops. I am going to use some piecing and quilting techniques for the student. It really helps them focus on cutting straight and even, and sewing seam allowances straight. From the last few years of teaching this seems to be the most needed skills for students and they are very important in making that are interesting and fit.
I teach in a very open free form way and it has been working well for several years. It is so exciting to have the teens interested in sewing again (thanks Project Runway), it keeps me on my toes trying to come up with creative unique projects.
Some lovely examples of quilts from Flickr.
1. Simple Modern Baby Quilt, 2. Neutral quilt, 3. Quilt, 4. Improvisational Split Log Cabin Quilt