Friday, November 9, 2012

Classes & Workshops

From: Elizabeth <>
Date: November 8, 2012 6:44:10 PM PST

Reply-To: Elizabeth <>

Hi Susie,

Just wanted to send out a final call for participants for these fiber art workshops in Muskegon. They only need a handful more to hold the tapestry class taught by West Michigan artist Geary Jones; the Nancy Crow class is almost full. If you know anyone who might be interested, please pass this on to them.

The companion exhibit, INNOVATORS & LEGENDS: Generations in Textiles and Fibers, runs December 13, 2012-March 17, 2013. The opening is Dec 13 and there will be a panel discussion with several of the artists.

Hope to make one of the SDA meetings soon, either on your side of the state or mine:)


To register for classes, call 231.720.2571 at least one week before class begins.

Innovators and Legends Adult Workshops
To register call, 231.720.2571.

Lines, Curves, Circles and Figure/Ground: Part I machine-piecing workshop

Instructor: Nancy Crow
Monday-Friday, December 10-14, 2012 – 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
Level: Intermediate (sewing machine used)
Class Fee: $600 ($350 non-refundable)
Location: Hilt Building Classroom (downtown Muskegon)
Extensive supply list sent upon registration.

Many small sewn-together compositions will be created.  All work will be done in direct machine piecing.  All fabric cutting will be done without rulers. Fabrics of choice will be a broad palette of hand-dyed or commercial solids and values.  Emphasis will be on geometric shapes and lines.
Students will be given timed exercises that explore classical design concerns such as color, value, proportion, shape, curves, circles, and line relationships.  Lots of seed ideas will be generated.
By mid-week, students will work in their sketchbooks, analyze their small studies, choose their best ones, and with further exercise, build on these ideas to generate new larger compositions.

Drawing with Yarn: Tapestry Made Easy
Instructors: David Johnson (former head of fibers at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts), and Geary Jones ( a Pollock/Krasner International, and NEA award winning tapestry artist, and sculptor ).
5 days; December 10-14, 2012– 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
Level: all levels
Class Fee: $350 ($175 non-refundable)
Location: Muskegon Museum of Art Classroom

This is a tapestry, and rug-making class designed for beginners to advanced level weavers. We will explore a variety of weaving techniques (from slit-tapestry, eccentric weave, and a number of knotting, and interlocking techniques). Pattern, and color techniques, as well as blocking, and cleaning will also be addressed. This is both a fun, and relaxing class for just about anyone...
Each participant will be provided with a 3ft x 4 ft frame loop for use during the workshop.

Contemporary Cedar Bark Basketry
Instructor: Dawn Nichols Walden
3 days; December 13-15, 2012 – 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
Level: all levels
Class Fee: $400 ($225 non-refundable)
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Classroom (downtown Muskegon)

This workshop is designed for basketmakers who want to learn new ways of working with traditional materials, Cedar Bark. Explore non-traditional construction methods using molds. Throughout the workshop, attention will be paid to how participants can use different surfacing techniques and materials. Some twining experience is helpful.

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