At the end of May, I will be teaching a 5 day workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg Tennessee. May 30-June 5, 2010.
This incredible workshop, Extreme Textural Surfaces, has a class description as follows:
This workshop is designed to produce extremely interesting textural surfaces by manipulating fabric, paper and other substrates. During the workshop we will experiment with some, if not all of the following items: found objects, metals, twigs, hemp, canvas, paint, thread, recycled items, metal mesh and wire.
Techniques in layering, embroidery, heat distressing, collage, digital printing and alternative bookmaking will be taught. We will look at uncommon ways to use surfaces, with exercises that stretch beyond where we have been before. Each participant will bring their special style to the surfaces created.
During the workshop we will explore the use of digital prints on fabric and specialty papers to be used in layers of textural fabric. You will learn how to print on fabric to be used in your various projects. We will print student images on a 4” x 6” printer during the workshop.
The materials presented in this workshop will encourage participants to come up with their interpretation of the ideas. Some sewing techniques will be used and sewing machines are helpful. For some of the textures we will create machine and hand work.
What the description doesn't tell you, is about the amazing work that is generated by the participants of this workshop. Everyone interprets the exercises in their own unique way, over the 5 day format. It's a great chance to develop work at a new level.
A catalogue with information on registration for this workshop is available on the Arrowmont website.