Conference Workshops and Seminars – Saturday

CONFERENCE CLASSES OFFERED ON DAY 2, Saturday June 3

M = Mini-workshops, meeting during both a.m. and p.m. sessions
S = Seminars, meeting during the p.m. session only

NOTE: All materials fees are paid directly to the instructors at the conference.

SATURDAY AM – 9:00-12:00
M5: Lynn Williams

Chinese Thread Book

Description: In this class students will learn to make a paper “wallet” traditionally used by an indigenous Chinese group to store needlework supplies. This book contains 15 pockets that fold flat to create the ultimate portable workbasket. We will discuss finishing options for the completed books, including decorations, covers, and closures. For more information about thread books (including photos), visit www.lynnwilliamsart.com.
Note: This class continues Saturday afternoon.

Student supply list: Ruler (metric, please), glue stick, fine point pencil, and scissors.
Optional supplies: bone folder, colored pens/markers, rubber stamps

Materials fee: $20 (includes paper for constructing the book and a copy of E. Ruth Smith’s book, “Folded Secrets”)

Skill level: All
Format: Hands-on
Duration: 1 day (2 units)
Class size: 15

M6: Anastasia Azure

Woven Metal Jewelry

Description: Create beautiful jewelry by weaving with wire and thin sheet metal (copper, brass, and aluminum). Each participant will create earrings, a bead and a woven pendant or pin. We will play with basic weave structures, color and shape. No experience necessary and these techniques can be easily reproduced at home with a few basic tools.
Note: This class continues Saturday afternoon

Student supply list: Ultra-fine Sharpie marker, scissors, wire cutters, chain nose pliers

Materials fee: $20 (includes metal, wire, jewelry findings, and specialty tools)

Skill level: All
Format: Hands-on
Duration: 1 day (2 units)
Class size: 12

M7: Mary Zicafoose

The Language of Art: Color

Description: How does your use of color define you and your work? This day of applied study will help you further develop your eye for color as well as expand your versatility, range, and color fluency. Using Color-Aid silk screen papers we will focus on your use of color intuition and personal voice creating a striking color journal from selected color study exercises conceived by the brilliant colorist Josef Albers.
Note: This class continues Saturday afternoon.

Student supply list: Several inexpensive mechanical pencils; small sharp scissors; small cutting mat; X-Acto knife; two glue sticks; small ruler; 5” x 8” or similar small unlined sketchbook

Materials fee: $45 (includes Color-aid papers and handout)

Skill level: All
Format: Hands-on
Duration: 1 day (2 units)
Class size: 15

M9: Rosalie Neilson

An Exaltation of Blocks

Description: Block designs consist of black and white blocks on grid paper, where black is considered the pattern block and white the background block. In this workshop, Rosalie will explain how she used the binary number system to develop the definitive number of two-block designs, and how these simple designs then become the building blocks of more elaborate patterns. The design sessions allow students to construct and deconstruct complex patterns with component motifs from two different sets of Design Pages and Transparent Overlays. Some of the simpler designs can be woven on 4 shafts, while more complex designs may require 8 or more shafts.
Note: This class continues Saturday afternoon.

Student supply list: Graph paper – 4 squares/inch; pencils; pencil sharpener; good eraser; scissors; note-taking materials

Materials fee: $25 (includes two sets of Design Pages and Transparent Overlays)

Skill level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Class size: 24 Format: Lecture/exercises
Duration: 1 day (2 units)

S5: Michael Rohde

Setting Limits as a Stimulus to Creativity

Description: When we want to begin a new project, it is often hard to decide what it shall be, and what colors and design details to use. In this seminar, we will address how one can overcome the “blank canvas/empty page” block that many artists encounter as an obstacle to beginning the creative process. One powerful technique is to reduce choices by setting limits on one or more aspects of the new project. Michael will use slides and examples of his own work to illustrate the points and how he has made use of this principle.

Skill level: All
Format: Lecture
Duration: 2 hours
Class size: 24

S6: Eileen Hallman

Charkha 101

Description: Venture into new territory with the ingenious contraption developed for Gandhi. The charkha was made for cotton, and is the best spinning wheel for it. You will go from learning about the wheel and its characteristics to spinning cotton effortlessly.

Student supply list: Charkha, mat or clamp, oil (may be rented from instructor for $15)

Materials fee: $10 (includes handout and cotton)

Skill level: Basic knowledge of spinning; no prior experience with Charkha required
Class size: 8
Format: Hands-on
Duration: 3 hours

S7: Deb McClintock

The Looms of Southeast Asia

Description: Travel with Deb to Southeast Asia and learn about the simple looms used to create intricate patterns. We’ll compare looms in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Burma. We’ll also look at how reeds are handmade to order and learn about making heddles by hand. Deb will have sample textiles that you can actually touch!! This program is the result of 2000 and 2002 Research Expedition Program with the University of California – Davis, and independent trips in 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Skill level: All
Format: Lecture
Duration: 3 hours
Class size: 24

SATURDAY PM – 1:00-4:00
M5 Chinese Thread Book — Lynn Williams Continued from morning session

M6 Woven Metal Jewelry — Anastasia Azure Continued from morning session

M7 The Language of Art: Color — Mary Zicafoose Continued from morning session

M8 Felt Envelope Case for a Tablet or E-Reader — Barbara Kile Continued from morning session

M9 An Exaltation of Blocks — Rosalie Neilson Continued from morning session

S8: Michael Rohde

Designing: Moving from Ideas to Woven Objects

 

Description: Over the years, Michael has woven many rugs and tapestries. The final product comes from various source ideas, such as weave structure, images from books and traveling, other textiles, or suggestions from others. In this seminar, Michael will demonstrate ways of taking a source idea and turning it into a woven piece.

Skill level: All
Format: Lecture
Duration: 2-3 hours
Class size: 24

S9: Eileen Hallman

Charkha 201

Description: Not for the novice, this class concentrates on speed techniques, color separation techniques, and spinning silk and wool.
Student supply list: Charkha, mat or clamp, oil (may be rented from instructor for $15)

Materials fee: $15 (includes handout and cotton)

Skill level: Experienced Charkha spinners
Class size: 12
Format: Hands-on
Duration: 3 hours

S10: Deb McClintock

Cambodian Textile Tools

Description: Learn about the Cambodian tools and methods of weaving hal/hol (ikat). Deb will share her photos and videos of her time spent in the Thai and Cambodian workshops, where textiles with intricate patterns of great beauty are created. Learn about these tools and how they are used, and how you might apply these methods to your work. Deb encourages students who have Cambodian textile pieces to bring them to share with fellow class members.

Skill level: All
Format: Lecture
Duration: 2 hours
Class size: 24

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