Workshops

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Introduction to Painting on Silk Fabrics
2 Day Workshop

This course is designed to present different introductory techniques to achieve color, texture, and pattern using french dyes on silks. Salt and alcohol will be used to experiment with free-form, abstract color mixes, natural fiber threads will be used to design unique patterns, and water-based resists will be used to implement realistic images. Participants will be taught methods for preparing and stretching silk for painting and the steam-setting process for fixing the dyes will be demonstrated. Each participant will create multiple pieces during the workshop.

Painting on Silks – Intermediate Techniques
2 or 3 Day Workshop

This workshop is a continuation of the Introduction to Painting on Silk Fabrics workshop. Additional techniques, including wet-on-wet, line building, and blending and shading will be demonstrated. Water-based resists and gutta serti will be used. Participants will use various techniques to design and produce a large-scale piece or multiple smaller pieces.

Painting on Silk – Resist and Dye Techniques
2 or 3 Day Workshop

Using French silk dyes and silk cloth, participants will learn resist techniques to create images and texture. Methods for creating hidden gutta resist lines will be studied and techniques using other types of resists will be explored. Methods for preparing and stretching silk for painting and the steam-setting process for fixing the dyes will be demonstrated. Participants will create multiple pieces using the various techniques.

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2 or 3 Day Workshop

Students will study color theory using Dupont silk dyes. Tints, shades and tones, as well as color layering will be explored. Students will create their own color chart for use in future projects. The steaming process for the Dupont dyes will be demonstrated, and students will create additional pieces on the second day of the workshop.

Resist & Wax Techniques for Silk Painting
3 Day Workshop

Wax techniques will be introduced for use with silk painting in this two-day workshop. Using brushes, tjantings and stencils, as well as rolling wax tools, students will experiment with wax (soy and beeswax) to create texture and pattern on silk fabrics. Students will have the opportunity to make their own stencils and rolling wax tools in the workshop. Various resists will be discussed and used in the workshop – these resists include gutta serti, waterbased resists which can be brushed onto the fabric and thickeners. French silk and wool dyes will be used in the class, and the methods for preparing and stretching silk for painting and the steam-setting process for fixing the dyes will be demonstrated.

Painting on Silks – Open Studio Workshop
2, 3 or 4 Day Workshop

The Open Studio Workshop will provide a weekend for exploring new silk painting techniques or to work on existing projects. The studio will have French silk dyes, wax, gutta resists, thickeners, anti-fusant and other materials for use by students. Students will consult with the instructor prior to the workshop to discuss projects for the workshop. Additional techniques, including treatments of the silk to reduce the flow of the dyes, wet-on-wet, line building, blending and shading of dyes and screening of resists will be demonstrated. Methods for preparing and stretching silk for painting and the steam-setting process for fixing the dyes will be demonstrated.

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This workshop is taught jointly with Barbara Kile.
3 or 4 Day Workshop

Using French silk dyes, participants will explore different techniques to achieve color, texture, and pattern. Methods for preparing and stretching silk for painting and the steam-setting process for fixing the dyes will be demonstrated. Students will use the painted silks as the base fabric in the nuno felting process.
In the second part of this workshop, students will explore nuno felting – felting into weave. Wool fibers will be layered on the painted silk, and after completing the felting and fulling process, nuno felt samplers will be created. The resulting fabric is lightweight; drapes well and can be used in our warmer climate.