Friday, June 22, 2012

Summer textile arts workshops at the Yurts

Greetings All The sunshine has arrived at FibreWorks and we’re looking forward to an exciting weekend with our new exhibition – “Drop by Drop” – see invitation below. Come to meet with Catherine and Elizabeth – get the inside scoop about their new body of work and discuss the workshops that will be presented by both Catherine and Elizabeth during the exhibition. Check out our website for information for the following:

Elizabeth Harris Nichols, BC – Painting in One Day – Working with a Still Life from Nature – June 22 Plein Air – July 15 The theory of the Painting in One Day workshop is to simplify the processes for novices to learn the fundamentals and for the advanced students to learn to develop freedom in their style. We will explore the concepts of constructing still life in a workshop that has been especially formulated for FibreWorks Gallery to consider these methods and concepts with other media. The Painting in One Day workshop takes the artist through the steps of developing the underpainting, the mid-painting and the finished painting in relatively quick succession. Not only will the student understand the fundamental development and basic principles of the structure of painting, but also the basics of colour theory, composition, articulation of subject, value systems, editing chaos and depth/perspective concepts.

Catherine Nicholls, BC – Exploring the Natural World – June 25 to 28 A 4-day workshop with Catherine Nicholls – using the natural world as our source of inspiration, we will experiment on fabric to recreate and interpret nature’s wide range of textures and colours. For the first 2 days we will explore the use of ink, paint, crayon and discharge in a variety of techniques creating samples and generating ideas. Students will then be guided through the process of developing their own original composition, pattern and fibre art masterpiece.

Jill Denton, UK Fundamental Felt: June 29 & 30 A 2-day workshop covering a range of wet-feltmaking techniques. The emphasis will be on good practice and developing an understanding of the behaviour and properties of different wools and fibres during the magical process of feltmaking. We will start by working on samples, moving on to create a personal project in flat felt. This workshop is suitable for beginners, or those with some experience. Feltmaking is a unique and fascinating textile technique and each student will be encouraged to find and work at her own pace. Above all, feltmaking is fun!!

Jill Denton, UK Nuno Felt – taking a step further: July 3 to 5 Nuno felt is a fine lightweight felt created by fusing a thin layer of wool onto a base of loosely woven fine fabric such as silk chiffon, thus producing a strong, drapable fabric, suitable for garments and accessories. This 3-day workshop will introduce you to this fascinating technique and allow you to develop a sound understanding of the process. After working through several samples, you move on to your personal project(s), which could be a simple sleeveless garment (tunic or vest), or 2 simpler items such as a scarf, wrap, shrug or cowl. Instruction and advice will also be given on garment design/pattern construction, finishing and aftercare. This class is for the more advanced student, so only suitable for those with prior feltmaking experience, or students that have completed the "Fundamental Felt" workshop on June 29/30.Day 1 You will begin by working through various samples to learn and develop an understanding of the Nuno technique. You will then move on to make your own pattern for a sleeveless garment or other nuno project. Day 2 &3 will be spent creating your garment.

Catherine Nicholls, BC – Imagination – July 11 to 14 It’s time to find those images you have tucked away – you know the ones! The beautiful images of an inspiring subject and you have always wanted to do “something” with them – well, now’s the time! This 4-day workshop will show you how to develop your own designs from images or sources of information. Each day will begin with creativity exercises to get those ideas flowing!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday – enjoy the sunshine!

Fibreworks Studio & Gallery
12887 Sunshine Coast Highway
Madeira Park, BC V0N 2H0

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