Sunday, December 27, 2009

Alaska Fiber Festival - Textural Surfaces

On March 8 and 9, 2010, I will be teaching a 2 day workshop "Extreme Textural Surfaces" at Alaska Fiber Festival in Anchorage Alaska.  This interesting workshop will explore a variety of techniques to go beyond the flat surface.  We will combine different elements to create uncommon ways to build textural surfaces.  This expanding look at textures can be an amazing journey.  Participants will originate ideas on what works best with the way they work.  It's all about the surface and the individuality of the creator.

Magic happens in this workshop.  When participants start to imagine what they can do that they haven't before, it's enlightening.

Questions of this or any workshop for Alaska Fiber Festival, contact me.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Beginning Digital Printing

On March 7th, 2010, my "Beginning Digital Printing on Fabric" workshop will be offered at Alaska Fiber Festival.  This workshop will offer the participants all they need to know about digital printing on fabric.  Although we will not be able to actually coat the surfaces because of time constraints, the participants will be able to print images during the workshop.

We will use my little 4" x 6" Epson PM 260 Dash for the printing.  The wonderful thing about this printer, is students get first hand experience with carrier sheets and surfaces that can easily be printed on any straight pass through printer.  It will be easy for the students to transfer their new skills to printing at home or workspace.  Students will receive written instructions for coating fabrics and other paper surfaces.

The students will also get some experience with using their digital prints in small compositions.  We will use a journal format to do some collage with the prints created in the workshop.

Questions?  Contact me.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Alaska Fiber Festival Workshops Continued

During the Alaska Fiber Festival 2010, on March 10th, another of my workshops offered is Abstract Textural Surfaces With Canvas.  If you take the workshop the day before, Limbs: Abstract and Figurative, this new workshop will build on the techniques of free hand rotary cutting.  Both of these workshops stand on their own, but can also be taken back to back.

The technique in common, is  free hand cutting and piecing.

  This workshop, "Abstract Textural Surface With Canvas", uses 5 colors of light weight canvas 20" x 20" pieces.  (The surfaces need to by dyed or colored before the workshop.)  

My interest in using canvas for more textural surfaces happened after spending a month in New Zealand in 2005, traveling and teaching workshops.  Pure and simple, I wanted more texture in my work and started in that direction.  This simple technique is easy to combine with other work and can also be developed using just the canvas. 

We will be free cutting random strips and sewing them back together to create pieced fabric to be used in our composition.  Supplies will include the 5 colors of canvas, a sewing machine, rotarty cutter and matte, thread to piece the canvas, 2 colors of 6 strand embroidery thread, needles for embroidery thread and a small needle nose pliers.  We will do both machine work and embellish by hand work.

On the north island of New Zealand lies the Waipoua Forest.  This forest changed my art life immensely.
The textures are amazingly different then the southwest. Of course this is not hard to imagine when you are comparing desert terrain to extreme moisture for the foliage, trees and plant life.  The textural surfaces of the bark on the Kauri trees took my breathe away.  I was further influenced by trees that were unlike anything I had experienced before.

This workshop is inspired by my experiences with the textural surfaces of the Kauri and their surrounding territory, in an abstract way.  We will discuss how this work can be built on and examples will be given to develop ideas after the workshop, but to start we will create textural surfaces that are freely pieced.
There are photographs here of both the forest and some of the artwork that has been created with the techniques we will learn in the workshop.
We will discuss how this work can be built on and examples will be given to develop ideas after the workshop, but to start we will create textural surfaces that are freely pieced.  

There are details of some of the pieces.  This is more of the size we will work on in the workshop because of the time constraints. Questions or more information needed on this workshop, contact me.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Alaska Fiber Festival March 2010

From March 7 thru March 12, 2010, I will be at the Alaska Fiber Festival teaching a series of workshops. Starting on March 7th with Beginning Digital Printing then onto March 8th and 9th will be Extreme Textural Surfaces.  Next March 10th, Mixed Media Fiber Journal, March 11th,  Limbs: Abstract and Figurative and finishing with March 12, Abstract and Textural Surfaces with Canvas.

The Alaska Fiber Festival started in 2004 and is bi annual event hosted by a group of volunteers who bring exhibits from across the globe, along with workshop instructors for a week long festival.  The festival takes place in Anchorage, Alaska.

These 5 workshops in 6 days will be the subject of my next few blogs.  You can go to the Alaska Fiber Festival Site to see all the class descriptions.  What I will focus on is the idea behind the workshops and how I developed the original work each workshop is based on.

Limbs:Abstract and Figurative is scheduled for Thursday March 11, 2010.  The visuals enclosed show both pictures of my work and photographs that inspired my Limbs Series.

At one point on my artistic journey, the forms of trees from the southwest were my sole inspiration.  Trees have always influenced my work in different ways.  The forms and shapes in nature are a wonderful way to be inspired and look to creating what you feel and see.

The possibilities that are created with spontaneity, a rotary cutter and nature's inspiration are incredible.  Using a cutter and matte along with a variety of hand dyed fabrics, the cutter becomes a drawing tool.  During this workshop students will learn free hand cutting techniques to cut and piece their composition.  If students are already familiar with these types of techniques it will be an opportunity to pursue fabulous results and increase their skills.

Magic happens as each students work
will be uniquely their own.  Everyone will
show their own style evident as they cut and sew.  By the end of this workshop all will have an idea how to successfully create compositions to build on as they work on this process later.  And they will always be able to contact me with questions on the process.

Supplies for the workshop will include a sewing machine, rotary cutter, mat for cutting, fabric, thread and a few straight pins.  I will teach my easy way to sew curves without clipping.  You will be amazed what interesting shapes will occur in your work that you couldn't imagine before you start.  Join us!

If you have any questions on this or any of my workshops contact me.  For more workshop details see these posts:
 Alaska Fiber Workshops Continued  December 22, 2009
 Beginning Digital Printing, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Digital Printing on Amate Bark Paper

Still experimenting with the amate process for making bark paper to print.  It is hard to see from the pictures, but this substrate is incredible when printed.  The textures and subtle peaks and valleys in the paper itself, do wonderful things to the print.  Here I will show you what I did to print the paper that I made a month or so ago.  I have a new pound of kozo from Japan, which is a little different then the kozo from Thailand that I used for this printing.  In the next month I will be back to boiling, pounding and using the amate process to create more paper.  The prints you see here will end up in an art book.  I will be printing other surfaces to go along with the bark. 

2010 is right around the corner, I would like to make great strides in further expanding my substrates for digital images.  Since learning curves are sometimes steep, it could be awhile.  Making this paper, I got a little carried away and ended up with some raised parts that were too high for the printer.  The Epson 4800 shut off each time I got to those high points in one of my longer, wider sheets of paper.  I couldn't get the printer to resume printing.  I turned the sheet around to print from the other end.  The printer shut off in the exact same spot of the image.  Then wondering if I was going to have a real problem, I set up another carrier sheet and was able to print the whole length which was 17" x 45", with no problems.

Before I started printing I needed an image.  Looking to combine photographs to get a extreme textural look, I found a picture of bark from Yosemite's Mariposa Grove.  This photo as you will see is very out of focus. It"s in the middle below.  It was around 8am in the morning and still pretty dark in the grove.  That morning we spent over 5 hours hiking the grove for pictures, and I sometimes get too hurried.  Well I didn't hold the camera steady enough and got a crudy picture.  I used that blurry picture, separated it into 8 layers from selections of the image.  I filled these selections with other images that were photographs of some of my textural art books.  From there I made patterns and added them to my pattern palette in Photoshop and used those patterns to texture the layers.  

Rectangle on the left is one version of the altered image from the center.  The rectangle on the right is another version with one or 2 of the layers changed. The middle is the original blurry image.

I combined the images in a file to print.  I merged the image on the right for printing, but could not merge the layers of the image on the left.  The image changed when I merged it, so I had to print a larger file, but I didn't want to alter what I had.

Here below is a detail of the panel right below that.  If you look closely or you click on the detail image, to make it bigger, you will be able to see the print going to the carrier sheet between pieces of the bark.  Several pieces are taped to the carrier sheet before printing.

The 2 pieces above are from the carrier sheet.  The 2 below are details of the print.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Art Unraveled Workshop 2010

Eclectic Digital Journal Elements

August 9, 2010

This one day workshop will feature a funky stuffed cover, watercolor pages and digital collage.

Got an idea of what is covered in this jam packed workshop?

Here's more:
*We will use my 4" x 6" mini printer for each student to print 5 digital images to use in their journal.  This printer is a great one for journalling on the road.
*Students will bring the paper for the journal all ready to go already colored.  Once a student signs up,
I will give them step by step instructions on how I color my watercolor paper for these journals.
*We will use the digital images in uncommon ways and each book will be different and individual.
*The cover is quick and easy.  The basic cover can be assembled in a little over an hour.  After that it
can be embellished further with beads and other items each student will bring.
*I will have cover material, so that there will be fabric there for everyone's use.
*All students will go home with written instructions on how to prepare fabrics to print on any inkjet printer.  The only requirement for the printer is that it has a straight paper path.
*More information is available on the Art Unraveled Website

Pictures of one of the sample journals from this workshop.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hudson River Valley Art Workshops

Journals are wonderful creation tools.  To me journals embrace a special essence.  They are individual visions of the person constructing them.  Journals come in infinite styles and can be in the art category or the journal writing category. 

In April from the 18th to the 24th, I will be teaching an informative, inspiring workshop in “Digital Mixed Media Fiber Journals”  The workshop will take place at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops in Greenville, New York.  Class description and workshop information is available on the FiberArts Workshops Site.

When I approach journal making, one of the first choices to be made is the type of journal to be created.  The 2 types of journals we will explore for this workshop, will
be either an art journal, or a personal type journal.  Art journals are a way to create a mixed media piece on a subject.  Each page becomes a mini composition.  These journals, or art books are a wonderful way for an artist to express ideas.   Personal journals will be built to be writable so they can evolve over a period of time with written and drawn entries. 

During the 5 day workshop we will create the base for the journal from fabric and/or paper and everything else that will be included.  Each student will print digital images that they can alter and use in the journals as collage or another element.  Complete instructions will be given on how to prepare and print different types of fabric and paper, so printing skills can be used once the workshop is complete.

For questions contact Kathyanne

Journal Examples follow: