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Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Workshops! - Vermont Surface Design

Silk Painting With and A Without Resist
Sat - Sun, 10/19 - 10/20:  9:30 - 4:30

Beautiful watercolor textures appear on silk by applying alcohol, salt or sugar to wet painted dye.  We'll use French dyes especially suited to silk painting, and introduce a non-toxic washable resist that allows for a range of design opportunities, from delicate outlined images to free abstract forms.  Then it's on to thickened dye and "stop flow" for even more possibilities!  You'll take away at least one beautiful scarf, and a myriad of samples and techniques for future enjoyment.   These will make beautiful Christmas gifts!

Quick Fabric Dyeing with Low Immersion
Compression Dyeing, Tray Dyeing, and Microwave Dyeing
Sat - Sun, 11/9  -  11/10:  9:30 - 4:30
In this workshop we'll produce colorful surfaces for quilting, wall pieces, embellishment, and art clothing with easy to use fiber-reactive dyes and quick techniques. Your results will always be one of a kind, and the textures and patterns  resemble the lovely hand-dyed Balinese fabrics we've seen in recent years.  This is a class for beginners just learning about fabric dyeing, as well as experienced fabric artists wanting to hone in on low immersion techniques for their emerging ideas.  We will be dyeing both cotton and silk.

Printing on with Thermofax Screens
Sat - Sun, 11/16 - 11/17:  9:30 - 4:30
Burning designs onto riso film with a thermofax machine creates long-lasting screens that print finely detailed images on fabric (and paper). With our thermafax machine and laser printer you will produce up to five screens generated from your own designs.  Copies from natural objects such as leaves, buds, grasses, etc. will be included in the design process.   For an additional application, we'll learn to make a stencil with fusible interfacing.  Thickened fiber-reactive dyes and textile paints will provide a wide range of color choices.  These techniques make wonderful printed imagery for layering on white or hand-dyed fabrics and t-shirts.  They transfer easily to paper and mixed media projects as well.  Bring your own visual inspiration and a desire to play.   

About the Instructor:

Pippa Drew has been a surface designer and painter for over 30 years.  She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BFA in Fine Arts with a minor in textile design, and completed a masters thesis in oil painting at Dartmouth College.  Throughout the 1980s she created silk paintings from her studio in San Francisico, and in 1995 traveled to Java to study batik in Yogyakarta, with Agus Ishmoyo and Nia Fliam.  Between 2006 and 2008 she returned to Indonesia on several trips, creating an extensive body of work in mixed media while living in Bali.  She has taught batik and silk painting at the League of New Hampshire Craftsman and Catamount Arts, and shibori and surface design at Dartmouth College under a National Science Foundation Grant supporting interdisciplinary art and mathematics. In the field of surface design, Pippa has studied with Mary Anne Jordon, Joan Morris, Ellin Noble, Mo Kelman, Nicole St Pierre, Betsy Sterling Benjamin, Anna Lisa Hedstrom, Holly Heller, Achemi Cohn, Carol Soderlund, and is currently enrolled in the two year Art Cloth Mastery Program with Jane Dunnewold in her San Antonio Studio.  Her work has been shown in Northern New England, San Francisco, Tennessee, and New York City.

If you're interested, please contact Pippa Drew at this email ( or at 802 333 4308.

Classes take place at 305 West Fairlee Road, Post Mills VT, 05058.  The price is $200 per two day workshop.  Supplies are provided for a small materials fee.  Space is limited to 4 students per class. 

(your blog poster's note: Pippa's studio is AMAZING! You really should check it out -- it's spacious, with great lighting, and every care has been taken to ensure studio creativity and safety)

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