Workshop Descriptions


The following are the basic five day workshops I offer at this time. We can design and combine workshops to suit your particular groups' needs. Fee schedule and times are available on request. Please use email, regular mail or phone for further specific information.


Surface Design Workshops

Painting, Drawing, Airbrushing on Fabric
Level: all
Sewing Machine
Participants will explore the processes I use in my painted quilts: we will use acrylics with a brush, stencil, airbrush, pastels. Participants will paint on various kinds of fabric. Canvas, a 7 oz. cotton duck, will be the primary surface we will use. Working on this lightweight duck is key to how I work and what I wish to share with everyone in the class. (compressor on site with multiple heads required)

Painted Quilts: Mixing it all up
Level: all
Sewing Machine
Participants will explore the various processes I use in my work, including study exercises. We'll paint and sew fabric on paper and paint and sew paper on fabric. Experimenting with acrylic paint, Textile Paints, pastels, purchased fabric, we'll stencil, print, draw, applique and invent on fabric and paper surfaces. Origin of ideas for work, making a living as an artist, the business aspect of being self employed, working with galleries, public art, etc. will be discussed.

Out of the closet!
Level: all(must have an existing quilt "dog" available to be cut up)
Sewing Machine
Do you have a quilt "dog" or two in your closet? Are you a risk taker? Are you ready to "grow" your old work? Then this is the workshop for you! Bring those finished(or mostly finished), quilted(never quite right) pieces and get ready to liberate them! Participants will cut up these quilts and transform them into dazzling new works! We will experiment with the various processes I use in my work, including painting, drawing and stenciling fabric with acrylics and Textile Paints to create "links" for the cut up work. We will add new batting to the "links," finish off the backs and be well on the way to having several new quilts from one that didn't work! It is VERY exciting to cut up that old work and see the transformation: in self as well as in the quilt!

Enriching a Surface from within: Creating Small Works
Level: all
Sewing Machine
Participants will use acrylic paints, chalk pastels, and already painted or dyed fabric from home and combine these with purchased fabric to create quilts no larger than 24" x 24". We will explore how to create small works with big vision. I will share how I get inspiration from within, getting quiet and centered before approaching my work. Because I usually work quite large, these small quilts have been a wonderful exercise for me in scale, time and impact. We will generally paint 2.5 days and sew 2.5 days, though each participant will work at her/his own pace.


Design Oriented Workshops

Here's Looking At YOU!
Level: experience in making art quilts
Sewing Machine
This workshop is for participants ready to look at their work critically. Participants will bring a pieces(s) in progress to work on, or begin with a fresh idea, a new piece(s). The focus of the workshop will be critiquing work, working on paper design/color exercises, working on your own piece in progress. I will work with individuals, but we will also look at each others work as a group. Using 3 slide projectors I will discuss a body of your work as it is projected together...as a jury might view it. Participants must bring slides and details of at least 5 pieces of work done in the last 2 years as well as 5 slides minimum(and dets.) of very early work.
This is a workshop to expand and nourish your aesthetic sensibilities, a time to question, challenge, and bring home some new tools for honestly critiquing your own work.

It's All in the Details
Level: experience in making art quilts
Sewing Machine
Participants will work from slide images and photocopies of their most current work to create a new quilt(s). Drawing and painting from that work, we will extract a new way of interpreting an existing piece. We will work with paper, markers and paint and create one or more quilt tops with textile paint and participants own purchased fabric. Working on strong design and composition and stretching out of a "comfort zone" will be the focus of this workshop.

Drawing/Painting with Fabric 101
Level: All
No Sewing Machine
This workshop is for the person who wants to begin to really look at composition, color and design again or for the first time! We will draw simple objects, interior spaces, and learn to abstract them in black and white and color. We'll use pencil, paint, paper and fabric to translate "facts" into ideas and then into actual work. No Sewing Machine necessary.

Drawing/Painting with Fabric 102
Level: All
No Sewing Machine
Using colored images or slides of images from nature, industry or science, participants will use an image as a point of departure to do many design exercises in black and white and in color with gouache(flat, poster paint-like water based paint). We will also do color exercises based on Albers color theory to learn why color works as it does and how to control our fabric choices given that new knowledge. Participants will take one of the color ideas that have resulted and create a fabric collage with the result.

Creating Works for Commissions

Designing for Architectural Spaces
Level: intermediate and any other artist(non quilter) interested in doing commission work)
No Sewing Machine
Most of my income is from doing large scale work that is commissioned for public spaces. It is AMAZING how many opportunities are out there to do big work! This workshop is for the person who is ready to learn about doing commissions, both public and private. Even if you are just beginning to think about the possibility of doing this kind of work, in 5 days you will have attained the tools to enter a competition and/or submit a proposal for a private or public commission. Each person will learn how to read an architects's scale, read blueprints and build a small model(maquette) of an assigned space. We will discuss working with architects and committees, developing and writing a proposal, cost and time estimates, etc. This is a nuts and bolts workshop, literally a semester's work in 5 days! And amazingly, lots of fun!