Friday, September 1, 2017

brand new 3 or 5 day workshop -Digital Explorations in Fiber

Most of you know that I have a brand new 3 or 5 day workshop that delves into "making your photographs your own! Expand your vision of a digital print! Participants will be introduced to inkjet printing on fiber and mixed media substrates. The types of substrates that can be created are nearly limitless. Explore the possibilities! Based on Wen's book- ‘Digital Fiber Art and Mixed Media Masterpieces’. The focus is on experimentation and construction of substrates!"
 
General knowledge of Photoshop or a similar editing program is advantageous but not necessary.  This is not covered in this workshop and simple images are just fine!
       A a printer is required as it will enable you to print at your own pace. You could share with a couple people. (If sharing printers, bring your photos on USB stick to plug in their computer.)      3-5 days 
More about this workshop HERE
Printer Suggestions 8/25/2017 (subject to change)  HERE

some lovely quotes- 
Digital fibre art is one of Wen's signature techniques. She has been recognized in the textile/fibre world for decades, and this experience and expertise is well reflected here. As with most how-to books, it starts at the beginning with the kinds of tools and equipment needed to give a good result. Wen then takes off from there, showing how to alter images, print them on different fabrics, and then apply stitch for added depth, interest, and highlighting. By incorporating a number of different techniques, the finished work looks more layered and complex, but it is very achievable. An interested beginner should not be put off, as Wen offers many tips. At the same time, experience artists will find enough here to take their work to the next level."  Down Under Textiles, Issue 25

"To say that I'm excited about what I've learned from you would be a huge understatement.  Next week can't come soon enough; getting to see so many of the techniques you discuss in your book is a dream come true." Karen
my book, center stage at the Stitching Post, Sisters OR 
"Your book has been on my wishlist since it was announced.  Glad finally ordered it.  It has really energized me and inspired to to experiment with adding  a new dimension to my work.   Right now I'm just having fun and exploring options.  Love the process!"  Kathie

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

poppy

The morning begins. 
The touch and feel of paper and fiber call me again and again. 

To create, to apply paint, line and stitch, to print my images! 
Play! 
Explore and experiment! 
Fingers tingle at the thought!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Any Given Moment

I love to experiment, collage and layer. Often I do this digitally but there is something so satisfying about creating collage with pieces of found items, scraps of fabric or paper and creating something wonderful!
Any Given Moment, a collage of Plastic, paper, original printed digital cloth, painted fabrics, text & stitching. 12x12 
I created a everybody has fun collage workshop called Serendipity Collage. It's at least a 2 to 5 day workshop but can be done in a day. 
More about that workshop HERE or see the workshop tab at the top of this page.
detail
One feature of this collage is painted plastic. I work on plastic, allot! I have created a new substrate called medium lifts, which I explain in my book. (see sidebar) The paint marks left on the plastic work surface can be quite nice.


paint left on white kitchen plastic
white gesso 
layers of paint on both sides of clear plastic
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Any Given Moment is my donation for the wonderful organization, Studio Art Quilts and is available for purchase in the upcoming SAQA Benefit Auction on 9/15---more info  HERE

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 Benefit Auction Dream Collection

Dream Collection Theme- The Mystery  

Who is that?
Where is that? 
How did they do that?
 Why did they do that?                     
 
 The 21st century art quilt explores the surface, makes marks and pushes the limits.

 It is an expression, a creation and a shared perception!

Bid on these & many more starting this September 15 at the SAQA Annual Art Quilt Auction!  
info HERE

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Art Quilts Extraordinary

The Whistler Museum, Lowell, MA, has a fantastic exhibit of art quilts, right now, until 9/1.
Juror's Award: The Wrath of Poseidon by Marilyn Belford
Puzzles Through the Trees by Maryann Gallaher


I had the pleasure of teaching at the Museum in April. The workshop was called Media Mix Creative Photo Transfer. There are tons of ways to do transfers but this technique works especially well over a textured collage of fabric, string, threads and paper.
St John's Bridge by Janice Jones
Mushrooms in the Field by Diane Harris
Where Are We? by Arlene Jacobs
















There was a student’s display of works from the workshop! I usually never see the results of my workshops so it was a real pleasure to be there for this display. 













Students took the concept and made it their own!
















I was proud of them! Arlene created 3-D Dragon Flies in this piece!
See my workshops HERE


More information about the exhibit go HERE

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Quilting by the Lake Workshops

We had a fabulous time at Quilting by the Lake. I taught 2 classes, 2 day Holographic Memories and More, which is a compound workshop that included Thermal Fax silk-screening. 

Carol
Eileen

We used our own photos to silkscreen the fabric for the borders we used to create our unique 3-D Holographic fiber photos. Everyone completed some terrific pieces. 
Some how I didn’t get shots! Here’s my Holographic demo piece though.

The second three days I taught the premier of the new workshop Digital Explorations for the first time. This 3 day, or also available 5 day version, is based on my new book, Digital Fiber Art: Combine Photos and Fabric - Create Your Own Mixed-Media Masterpiece available on the side bar, CT Publishing or viva Amazon.
Jan
The workshop focuses on the creation of a variety of substrates, which we printed in workshop. Most everyone had printers; some used them for the very first time in class!
Joanna

Denise

















Some of us affixed our printed results in an accordion book, which really looked lovely. A great way to keep track of printed samples! Everyone was excited and inspired- at least that’s what they told me!
Cindy
More workshop selections- http://fiberartgoddess.blogspot.com

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Let Me Tell You About My Workshops- Stalking the Wild Leaf

Learn about this low-tech alternative printing method without a press!
A focused printing workshop based mainly on printing with flat natural items like leaves but other items too.
Use fabric and any kind or paper!
Create a journal with the finished work in several different ways.
Journal base made with up-cycled greeting cards
This is a relaxing workshops with results that can be used in almost any project!

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

#ARTifacts Art Journal Project with Seth Apter

a diary
a journal
a scrapbook
a record keeper
design inspiration keeper
a source
a reminder

see more journals at Seth's blog HERE

Friday, June 23, 2017

Let Me Tell You About My Workshops- Textured Photographs

Explore Digital Fiber with this tactile and eye catching technique! 
Why print your photos on plain glossy paper when you can experiment with textures, add interest and use them in your fiber work!

Use your own digital images to create painterly photographs thin enough to be sewn or collaged into small compositions. This needs to be a 2day workshop or more to allow for the drying time of the molding paste and digital grounds that make this technique possible. For more information on digital grounds, go to inkAid.com.
       Each student will learn this new technique and come away with an art-filled 7x9 Accordion Art Book!
      Wen published this technique in Quilting Arts Nov 2012 and available as a DVD Workshop though Interweave.  HERE


Most any photograph will work with this texturing technique. Think about how oil paintings look with their textured stokes. You can create the texture for a photograph of an old wall, landscape or you may want just a touch of texture to add interest to the background of a portrait. 

Tip- Create small samples to experiment with the technique. Explore different textures. Should it compliment your picture, or stand on it’s own. Enjoy this creative tool in the digital palette!

my favorite molding paste
More workshop selections- http://fiberartgoddess.blogspot.com

Friday, June 9, 2017

Let me tell you about my workshops- Serendipitous Collage!

This is THE workshop to choose which embraces excitement and relaxation all at the same time!
This workshop can be one day or 5 depending on the things you want to learn. 
One day workshop is basically done with fusible and fabric while the 2-5 day workshop expands into papers, mediums, painting and other surprises.
fabric base
We'll create several serendipitous composition that you won't believe could happen!
Plain ordinary tissue paper is a final element that create fascinating textures. We'll play with mediums, a great introduction to mixed media and even create our own!
small postcard created with paper base
Bring all sorts of materials, fabrics, recycled and found items- everything can be used. A great way to use up scraps of fabric and even old photos. 
mount your finish work too!
This workshop is one of my favorites! This workshop premiered at the Surface Design Conference in 2011
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Let me Tell you about my workshops- Holographic Memories

Holographic Memories is one of my signature workshops. I’ve been teaching this workshop for over 10 years with fantastic results. People are amazed by the finished, mounted piece as it creates an almost 3-D image with just 2 printed photographs. 
filming back in 2007 with Quilting Arts
I provide just about everything, including your photo, which you send to me, printed on silk organza and transfer paper. We create a frame with fabric, mounted on artist bars with just enough space for the second photo to shine through for that special effect. Couple this workshop with either Fab Fabric 


Painting workshop to create special hand painted border fabrics or Thermal Facts workshop for photograph created silkscreens from your own photos! Amazing details can be added to your fabric frame borders!
            Join me to create a special photo of your loved one, home or special place in this simple yet difficult looking project!
student's work won a ribbon! Congrats Tracy!
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Let me tell you about my workshops- Digital Explorations

Digital Explorations is on of my newest workshops. It’s a condensed version of my book in 3 or 5 days! 
We’ll explore printing on paper, fabric and create some pretty unusual surfaces and mediums. We explore way to creating simple collages to use as layers to apps and photoshop for your own individual results. Later we'll print on the collages too! Never print on simple glossy paper again!

and so much more!! Woo-who!

You will need a printer and a way to use it, such as your computer, but then you won’t need to bring a sewing machine unless you want to. This enables you to print at your own speed but you could share with a friend. 
            I’ll introduce you to digital grounds and wet your muse with ideas you can spin off of. How to protect and finish your samples will be covered. Later you can add these to projects or create new works using these techniques on your own.
The focus is on experimentation and, well, exploring the surfaces!
More workshop selections- http://fiberartgoddess.blogspot.com
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