Friday, March 30, 2012

Art Quilt Farm Camp 2012

It's brand new this year! ART QUILT FARM CAMP!!
I'm super excited to announce my recently developed series of workshops designed to take you through the steps to creating your very own ,one of a kind original Art Quilt! Think of it as a Summer Art Camp for adults. We will get back in the creative groove through play and exploration.( When was the last time you did that in your adult life???)

We will start with 6 different Surface Design technique classes ,building layer upon layer to create Art Cloth( plus an Open Studio Class) in the Summer months at my Farm and finish up in the Fall with the Design, Construction and Quilting/Finishing classes .

1.Color Exploration(June 24): using Dye Painting and Low water immersion techniques we will explore color( in theory and practice) through mixing and hue and value gradations. The resulting fabrics will become the start of the first layer in creating our art cloth.Dye paste, block printing and monoprinting will also be introduced.

2.Resists (July 8):Chemical and Physical methods will be explored through common household substances (flour,potatoes etc) as well as clamping folding and binding techniques to create patterned resists to our dyebaths.

3.Silkscreens (July 29):Learn how to stretch your own screen to use in so many different ways. We will be employing freezer paper,latex paint, interfacing, and tape as well as dried flour paste and Colored dye paste for Deconstructed techniques.

4.Color Removal (discharge)(August 5): Discover what happens when color is stripped from both hand dyed and commercially dyed fabrics using various houshold products as well as specially formulated color removers. We will be combining Color Removal with painting ,stamping and stenciling as well as both chemical and physical resist techniques.

5.Soy Wax(August 19): Soy wax can be combined with the Fiber Reactive dyes to make fabric crayons as well as used as a water soluble resist technique applied with stamps brushes or various found or repurposed items.

6. Fugitive Media(September 2): Colored Pencils,Charcol,Conte Crayon etc. Learn how to go back into your fabrics create highlights and detail using fugitive media and make them permanent .

7.Open Studio( September 16): Spend the whole day revisiting your favorite techniques or just creating more fabrics to build on later.This will be the last "Surface Design" class before we move on to Design,Construction and Quilting and Finishing classes.

DATES and LOCATION FOR THE FOLLOWING CLASSES TO BE ANNOUNCED!!8. Design: We will employ a design wall and a digital camera to record the design process and explore all the possibilites of our Art Quilt ideas. I will share my library of books and magazines and online resources to get the creative juices flowing.

9.Construction: Putting it all together! A basic knowledge of using your sewing machine( that is in good working order) is required for this class. We will cover basic piecing and machine applique techniques to get that quilt top ready!

10.Quilting/Finishing:Options for the final stages of the Art quilt Making process will be covered. Basic Domestic Machine quilting will be covered,a longarm quilting Demonstration will be held and several binding/Finishing techniques will be demonstrated. Introduction to Longarm quilting classes are optional and can be scheduled as well as longarm quilting services.

Classes will be held on Sundays starting June 24 and will be held approximately every other Sunday. Class size is limited, payment will secure your reservation and the cost of your class(es) is determined by how many clases you sign up and pay for.
One single class is $45 , a second class is $40 ,a third is $35 as well as all other remaining classes. Students can take any combination of classes( some may not need instruction in Design and/or Construction)but I encourage Students to take Classes 1-4 because we will be creating the most fabrics in these classes.

3 yards of pre-treated ready to dye Fabric is included with every class fee as well as unlimited use of dyes and chemicals. Students will be required to bring some items to class(gloves,plastic bags,sheeting etc) and more fabric will be available for purchase by the yard.I will provide printed handouts with a list of various resources as well as have my extensive library available to browse through and inspire.

To reserve your classes in the Art Quilt Farm Camp for 2012 please send your check along with your email and snail mail address to :

Susan Atwell 3824N 50W LaPorte,In 46350 .
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at A list of supplies and directions to the Farm will be sent upon receipt of payment.I am also on Facebook ,please feel free to friend me for more Farm and Quilting related happenings! I am looking forward to an exciting and creative Summer , Hope you can join in on the Art Quilt Farm Camp fun!!

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