Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lisa Grey - 3-day workshop - The Art of Looking Sideways: Connecting Creativity and Play.


A Fine Balance (Detail)
Disperse dyed using painting, marbling and xerox transfer techniques.
Artist: Lisa Grey

It gives me the greatest of pleasure to let you know that I have invited renowned fibre artist Lisa Grey to come and teach us in April, 2013. Details of the course content are given below.
The workshop will encourage us to think differently, make marks using original materials, and especially challenge us to develop our designer capabilities.  I am very excited about the prospect of working with and learning from Lisa and I hope you will be too.

Lisa is very highly respected teacher and practising artist who produces sumptuous works that are now exhibited and sold internationally.  She is famous for her application of disperse dye to produce spectacular marbled surfaces.  Combinations of her printed and dyed fabrics with her photographic imagery provide a refreshing take on surface design.
Lisa is a member of the Surface Design Association and the representative for New Hampshire, USA.  
She has taught at numerous locations to excellent reviews.  Her skills in troubleshooting and creative problem solving add to the supportive environment she creates in the classroom. 
Her philosophies, galleries and methods can be viewed on her delicious website.

This from her biography "I have served on the boards of the Surface Design Association and North Country Studio Workshops and spent many years supporting local art teachers by volunteering to lead workshops in elementary and middle school.  I firmly believe that everyone is artistic. and delight in sharing tools and techniques to bring the joy of creation alive."

 Fragment 02
Photo of fragment of rusty bridge pigment inkjet printed on silk organza with freehand machine stitching.  Rusty nails, wire, bottle caps and marbled fabric. 10"x10"
 Artist: Lisa Grey

The Art of Looking Sideways: 
Connecting Creativity and Play

Lisa's 3-day workshop will be on Friday - Sunday 26th - 28th April, 2013 in Calgary

Chance of Rain
Marbled, gelatin overprinted and natural dyed fabric.  
Punch needle felting and freehand stitching. 10" x 28"
Artist: Lisa Grey

Where: A wonderful new teaching facility - the studio at Atlantis Fine Framing, Manhattan Road, SW Calgary under the dedicated stewardship of Ken Bourassa.  The location provides an excellent, bright, safe, teaching facility, easy access, parking and unloading.

When: Friday 26 April - Sunday 28, 2013 : 3 day workshop for adults.

Cost: $310 (to be paid in two instalments: the registration $150 and the balance $160).

Materials/supplies: A short supply list will be sent to you closer to the course date. This workshop will encourage sharing of materials, to help facilitate a close-knit group atmosphere.

Chance of Rain (detail)
Artist:Lisa Grey

“Creativity involves several different processes that wind through each other...generating new ideas, imagining different possibilities, considering alternative options.”
Excerpt from The Element by Ken Robinson

"This workshop will challenge participants to start with what is familiar, then venture into unexplored territory in discovering how to approach our work in new ways.  We will create tools from found objects in order to print and pattern recycled and reclaimed papers and fabrics, then make a series of small compositions generated from simple, playful design exercises. We will consider ways to further alter the surface by cutting, tearing, reassembling, layering and stitching.  Along the way we will evaluate our work both individually and collectively with the end goal of using supplies and knowledge we already have, combined and integrated with new ideas and techniques into concrete plans for further exploration.  Above all, we will endlessly question, yet trust our instincts as we imagine alternative possibilities."
Lisa Grey

Adored/Abandoned II 
Pigment inkjet print on collaged paper and fabric with freehand machine stitching on marbled background. 15" x 15"
Artist: Lisa Grey

Early registration is recommended, as space is limited to 15 per class.

*Your place on the workshop will be secured on receipt of a (normally) non-refundable deposit $150* 

Payment by PayPal is the preferred method.  This will secure your place with immediate effect.

Should you wish to pay by another method please email me first to make sure that there are still places available, and we can discuss an alternative payment method.

The deposit  is normally non-refundable, however, in the event that the class does not run (due to minimum number of participants not being attained),  your deposit will be returned to you in full.
Please note that in the event that you are unable to attend the workshop your deposit will be returned to you only if your place on the course can be filled.   It is your responsibility to find a replacement for your slot if the waiting list is empty, or you will forfeit your deposit.

Booking opportunities are equitable and will be filled on a first come first served basis on receipt of your deposit.  A waiting list will be drawn up should the first 15 places be full.  Please email me your interest and do get in touch with any questions via email ioftheneedle@me.com

This is going to be a great one, so don't delay your registration!!! 

Karin Millson of Kreative Momentum and also SDA Alberta Rep.

Friday, December 7, 2012

I just love that there is a Manhattan in Calgary, close to Manchester.

Do pop in, I have a few pieces in the show.
Thanks to Ken for supporting fibre artists.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Now for the rest of November

Second week of November
Oh - made a mistake... this was when I did the paper piecing.

River Valley school kids did a Jackson Pollock.  Brilliant kids.  Terrible worry that it would all get out of hand but they (and I)  kept calm (just) and they produced a truly stunning piece of work that now adorns the entrance hall to the school.  Photo to come I guess.

Went back to Salt Spring Island to clear cupboards,  enjoy ourselves and plan for future visits.  It lived up to expectations.

Third week of November -
Two day workshop with Kreative Momentum. Working on shape and Omani embroidery.
Did I show you the hands? No?  Well here they are... so far.  This is just a sample of the technique of Italian quilting, a technique that is used on Omani Kumma embroidery and I have put my own flavour to... by using different hand stitches rather than the 9 million eyelets found on Omani Kumma.
Two pairs of hands - Karin Millson

The final River Valley School workshop for this term.
The students created a long piece of felt following inspiration provided by Janice Arnold for felting technique for large scale installation work, Jackson Pollock for art design technique and the book Zoe and George - Island Of Colour  by Veronique Arendt, 1987 for content.
Here the piece is shown with an end on view - rolled up - Artists Grade 6 & 7 Students River Valley School.
Photo of piece on location to follow, I hope... I was at the school today helping to hang it.

Forth week of November - 
Two x one-day workshops Kreative Momentum, based on Shape.
Enjoyed a lovely day with Lyn.  Talked art and design nearly the whole day as well as partook of her tasty lunch.  Thanks Lyn for showing me your samples and studies in gouache and for lending me the brilliant books.  I intend spending time revisiting colour exercises in gouache during December.
Visit to Canmore Crafts sale. Met up with friends not seen for quite a while.  Such a pleasure.
Also learnt that painting gouache onto a medium to dark board, rather than the normal white surface used for other paint mediums, produces a gouache surface with more life to it.
The idea of doing all my exercises twice to check out the difference, fills me with dread - but I will get hold of some dark mount-board and try a few and see what a difference it makes for myself....
Such wonderful plans.... then came a Calgary Cold!! Knocked me out for a week.

Ongoing discussions with the Lisas - and next posting ought to clarify things a bit, at least concerning one of them!

After a gap (let's do October and first week of November)

It is amazing to me that I haven't posted in over a month.
A lot has probably happened in your lives and mine has been moving along niceley.
As I take a look at my calendar I see what has happened and it feels so good.  Yes, life can be good.

 I believe these images will work very well with fabric and stitch... all in good time.

Second week in October -
One day workshop with Kreative Momentum participants
Began teaching felting at River Valley School, with 12 eager grade 5/6-ers... tremendous opportunity and great kids.

Third week in October -
2 day workshop with Kreative Momentum participants
Second week at River Valley School.
This is a trial created by my daughter's friend at home the week before the actual class. 
Nice to have little guinea pigs on hand.

Students made felt squares, on their own to their own design - 10gm for 6" square.  Skills-ville.

Forth week in October -
Great week spent kicking about with J.  And we had snow.
Snow Ripple

Trip to a few a sewing shops, meeting with the DaDe guys, also day working with Arlee.   and experimentation with the Cricut again... and screen printing.  No outcome though... miserable about that but it will come.

Fifth week in October, yes there was one.... Trip to Saltspring and attended workshop with Jason Pollen. Bit of a struggle with myself over my work there.  But outcome was satisfying and well-recieved.  Made a new friend on-island.  That place really is something special.
Piece by Nikky Menard - I enjoy the colour combination and the energy in this piece.

First week November -
Met up with art friend,
Contacted the Lisas regarding workshops in Calgary next year.
Attended a workshop with Paula and learnt that even I can make a pretty accurate representation of a design by using paper piecing... not my thing, but certainly I will tick it off in my list of "1000 sewing tricks one should do before one dyes" (intentional pun).
Jump for Joy - By Karin
Thanks to generous folks at Piece by Number for posting design online for personal use only.

If you would like to add to this list please email me....

1000 Sewing Tricks One Should Do Before One Dyes

  • Try your hand at paper piecing if you are accuracy inept (like me).
  • Colour a piece of fabric using Jackson Pollack's drip technique (at a large scale).
  • Travel to Calgary to do snow dyeing.
  • Learn what Tunisian Crochet is and make a pair of slippers.
  • Plan and execute a yarn bombing event with 4 other conspirators.
  • Wear a piece of extreme art to wear to go shopping in your local supermarket.
  • Sit on the train and sketch - using a twig and Cool Aid.
  • Visit St Betrand de Cominges and see stand in awe in front of some Opus Anglicum.
  • Recreate a bit of the Bayeux Tapestry (in underside couching, it isn't a tapestry remember!)  you wont be the first to do so.
  • Make a tie dye T-shirt and donate it to charity.
  • Take a pair of wooden cocktail sticks on a British Airways flight and knit a scarf for a peg doll, using ordinary sewing thread (those needles will probably not be confiscated or considered dangerous items).
  • Collect all the end snips from your sewing machine work for a year and stuff it into a silk organza pouch to make a cushion... give this to a like-minded friend.
  • In a similar vein, sew a strip of fabric onto a calico square every time you stand by the kettle waiting for it to boil- most of us have work in progress in every room of the house... why not beside the kettle?
  • Put random items from your stash into an envelope and send them to someone you do not know - address selected from "Contact" notes on websites, include a note to that says "Stash exchange - Enjoy using these items.  Reciprocation unnecessary.  The stitcher's version of leaving a book on a park bench for the next person to read.
In the words of Jean Gomeshi "To be continued...."