Last of the Summer Workshops….

It’s hard to believe the Summer is almost over – it went so fast and I am now preparing for an intensive month of production in the studio!  We concluded the Surface Design/Fiber-Reactive Series with two back-to-back sessions:  The first was dedicated to creating a color study “chart” using fiber-reactive print pastes.  Our second day was devoted to using these charts as a resource for a continuation of paint and pattern exploration on a variety of fabrics.  For images from our last session see https://posietex.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/surface-design-workshop-i/).  Workshops at Studio Mariposa resume next Spring (the schedule will be posted in late-January, 2014).   Here…

A Recent Felting Workshop….

This past weekend I facilitated another “nuno-felting” workshop.  The experienced participants had room to spread out in this workshop so it was possible to work with a larger-than-usual piece of cloth.  Keeping the palette fairly simple, the focus of this session was on a few basic surface design elements: the dot, the line, and the circle.  3 ideas, executed within the same format (base dimensions & materials), resulted (of course!) in 2 very different surface design solutions – each having its own distinct character.  Here are a some images:  

Surface Design Workshop I

This past weekend I facilitated the first Surface Design Workshop at Studio Mariposa.*  This first level is essentially an introduction to using thickened fiber-reactive dyes on cloth.   I kept the palette very simple but the results were just amazing!  It was a really inspiring weekend for all of us.  What follows are photographs of the work at different stages.  They are fairly chronological, i.e., the stages leading up to and including removal of the work from the table for setting are first, followed by the presentation (and discussion).  The last images are of my demo pieces, both discharge and positive…

Spring Workshop!

This past weekend’s workshop was loaded with creative energy and enthusiasm.  It was a delight to see each piece unfold from layout to completion and I was (and still am) inspired by the intensity and attention that everyone brought to their projects.  As you can see from the gallery below, the results were wonderful!  Thanks to the participants, GiGi, Hellenne and Libby who made my experience as a facilitator sheer joy!