I am SO excited to share with you the first of two new workshops that will debut with the Charlotte (NC) Quilters Guild next week! The first workshop, From Photo to Flower Collage, can be a one or two-day workshop. This time, it will be two-days (click here for more information, there are just a couple spots left). The second workshop, ThreadColoring the Flower (click here) is booked this time as a one-day class.
I designed these workshops so that a guild can book what will work for their guild: a single day or a two-day workshop for either of the two. With a little added content, the workshop can be expanded to a full five days allowing students to really work in depth, with one-on-one assistance, to create their own collaged and thread-colored art quilt. I’ll post in detail about the ThreadColoring workshop in two days.
The students learn how to see value (light and dark) and how to translate the imagery in a photo into their own working pattern. I provide two photos, the day lily (taken by the roadside near my home) and the water lily (taken by me at the Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor) for the Day 1 class project, which will finish about 9 x 12 inches:
When I created the class sample, I wanted to do one in fabrics students can get, such as the batiks in the example above. However, I also wanted to try the image using only hand-dyes. This next sample is just that. I used one of my thermofax screens, Squiggles (available here at Fiber on a Whim) and textile paint to create the green on green background on my own hand-dyed fabric.
And no, I don’t know which one I like most!
Here is the water lily, made from both commercial batiks and my own hand-dyes:
The second day in this workshop, students will bring their own photos (or use my second photo), select one, and create their own larger art quilt. I’m so excited to be able to teach my collage process and help folks learn to see and create their own artwork by understanding some of the basic elements and principles of design with strong composition, lighting, and fabric selection.