Saturday, February 15, 2014

Lisa Klakulak : 3-Day Workshop in Calgary 5 - 7 September, 2014

The Galt Museum and  Archives, Lethbridge
has worked in collaboration with Kreative Momentum 
to bring Lisa Klakulak to Calgary and Lethbridge
 in September, 2014
(Scroll to end of post for information about the Lethbridge workshop)

FULL Now taking names for waiting list
3-day workshop in Calgary
Patterning Felt: Partial Felt Gradations
5-7 September, 2014
Lisa Klakulak
Photo Credit Michael Mauney
Artist Lisa Klakulak
Photo credit: Mary Vogel

Artist Lisa Klakulak
Photo credit: Mary Vogel

Only 10 participants - maximum
Register NOW to avoid disappointment 

Cost $435 + material fee (approx $20) including PayPal booking fee.
Deposit (non-refundable) $200 by PayPal to is required to secure your place.
Please email Karin at to check spaces are available prior to making payment.

Artist Lisa Klakulak
Photo credit: Mary Vogel
Images are examples of techniques to be learned and not examples of work to be made in the course

Class Description from Lisa
"This class focuses on a skill set for articulating shapes and creating repeating patterns on felted surfaces. Partial-felts (also known as pre-felts, but different than a needle felted batt) is the term I use for felting fibers into a 2-D sheet for the purpose of cutting shapes to be felted into a background of loose fleece. Depending on the initial thickness of the sheet layout, the amount of felting/fulling that occurs before the shape application and the thickness of the fleece background an unimaginable range of effects can be achieved. Learn to control shape edge quality, background color bleed and surface dimension while experimenting with color gradations, shape spacing and movement of pattern based on shape design and rotation. Free-motion machine embroidery can then be applied to the felt to further define shapes, gather thin felt to accent dimension and crater thick felt to create an embossed effect."

Information for the workshop at the Galt Museum and Archives is as follows: -
Galt Museum & Archives | Heritage Arts Series
Sculpting Hollow Forms: Application of Partial Felt Density
4-day workshop with Lisa Klakulak from Strongfelt
Presented in partnership with Kreative Momentum
AUG 29 – SEP 01.14 | 9:30 am – 4:30 pm | Galt Museum & Archives, Lethbridge
intermediate/advanced | registration opens March 1
COST: $440 + GST | $30 materials fee | supplies list provided upon registration
Contact Leslie Hall for more information: 403.320-4700
Look for program details released March 1 at
Contact Leslie Hall for more information: 403.320-4700 | 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2-Day and 3-Day workshops with Yoshiko Wada in Calgary, August 2014

FULL: Now taking names for waiting lists
Yoshiko Wada
Will teach workshops in Calgary in August 2014
Yoshiko, is President of the World Shibori Network-World (WSN was established in Nagoya,Japan in 1992) and is the world's authority on Shaped Resist Dyeing.  She has writtendefinitive publications on the subject and produced a DVD "Arimatsu Narumi Shibori: Celebrating 400 years of Japanese Artisan Design." She leads study tours to Japan and has introduced many to the world of Shibori and inspiring creativity via her gentle style.  She is the founder of Slow Fibre Studios which collaborates with WSN and Michel Garcia on as series of Natural Dye Workshop DVDs.

Yoshiko is an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher and film producer.  She is a long time exponent of traditional and sustainable practises in fashion and textile production.  she holds a BFA in Textile Art from Kyoto City Fine Arts University, MFA in Painting from the University of Boulder,Colorado Yoshiko travels the world giving lectures and workshops and participates in conferences to build greater insight into the world of fibre and textiles.

"Introduction to Organic Dyes and Pigments
For one-bath protein fiber dyeing."
2-Day workshop 

Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 August, 2014 

This workshop will be of interest to :-

Water colour artists, calligraphers and those working with encaustic, as well as fibre artists
Cost: $370 (A non-refundable deposit of $155 is payable now to secure your place)
A charge of US$35 will be made for materials at this workshop (Natural Dye Workshop)

 "On Transformation: 2D to 3D"

3-Day  workshop
Friday - Sunday 29 - 31 August, 2014

To include work with natural and synthetic fabrics, 

Asian paper, and some recycling.  Sewing machines may be used.

Of particular interest to fibre, paper and mixed-media artists and others.

Cost: $290 (A non-refundable deposit of $155 is payable now to secure your place)

A charge of US$25 will be made for materials at this workshop (2D-3D)

All workshops will take place at:
4515 Manhattan Rd SE
Calgary, AB T2G 4B3
Ph 403-258-0075

To confirm your place on one or more of Yoshiko's workshops a payment via PayPal,  of a non-refundable deposit of $155 (for each course you wish to register for) will be required.  Please email to  confirm that spaces are still available.

Space is limited.  Maximum 15 participants. 

If, after paying the deposit, you find that you cannot attend the workshop/s it will be your responsibility to find a replacement who can then return your deposit to you.  I will, however, take names for a waiting list and will try to help put you in touch with someone who wishes to attend.

There might be a small charge for materials.

email your interest in signing up for a place on one of the courses asap 

Demand has been high but there are still some places left.

For queries please contact me:-
karin millson
1 403 453 1823

Save the Date 

Yoshiko Wada will give a presentation

"Sustainability in Textile Design & Production : Case Studies from Japan, India, and USA"


Tuesday 26th August
ACAD Stanford Perrot Theatre
at 7pm
This will be a ticketed event: tickets will be available nearer the time

SDA Alberta Show in April

Karin Millson Morphs
Merino, felting, thread, wood

Thinking of a comment that might devalue my piece above- which is as serious an art piece as I can manage…
How about "Can you make me a 9-piece tick tack toe like that?"
I'm not proud.
For orders of same and to discuss colours please contact me by clicking this.

Submissions to the SDA show "What's on the Surface?" that Linda and I are curating for exhibition in April, are rolling in.  Each day I get some wonderful imagery through my in tray.  Seeing the actual pieces will have to wait till March… that will be pure indulgence.  Congrats to everyone who has got their act together and are stitching away merrily (or glueing, dyeing, knitting, felting or burning!)… or have actually finished.

Now I must get on with my packing (no time to edit the above photo) and preparing for a few days away from this chilly land.  On to the wet one instead.  No Hawaii for me unfortunately.  But I was born in a green and pleasant land and you don't get that without water….

Saturday, February 8, 2014


karin millson    
Species alpha - phenotypic variation
shibori, synthetic fabric, threads

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

One month today… mark your diaries

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