FFG Lectures, Workshops and Special Events 2019-2020
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS 2019-2020
September 14, 2019 - Lisa Thorpe
Lecture: Gelli Printing for Modern Quilting
As an artist I am an explorer and observer first. I like to wander and wonder, let things percolate while I ponder. I have numerous sketchbooks full of chicken scratch drawings and cryptic thoughts. Over time (and often during a long hot shower) an idea will keep rising to the surface, I might even push that thought bubble below the surface, telling it I don’t have time for you, but the best ideas won’t pop and so I move on from thought to action. I have used many mediums over the years from fabric to painting to printing and collage but the unifying thread through all these mediums is a love of the puzzle. I like to problem solve, to piece and play with an idea until it can take shape as a visual idea. I love words and word play so words are often woven in the work. I have been teaching art to adults and children for many years in the public schools and at art centers and retreats venues across the west. Currently I am the resident artist at The Bishop’s Ranch retreat and conference center outside of Healdsburg, California. I have had technique articles featured in Cloth Paper Scissors, and Quilting Arts magazines and have taught workshops at Mendocino Art Center, Craft Napa, and numerous quilt guilds throughout the west.
Workshop: Gelli Printing on Fabric
In Saturday’s workshop you will design and carve two rubberstamps to use in all your mixed media and fiber arts projects. You can create a repeat pattern design or focal point design. You will learn how to transfer and carve designs on soft carving block. I provide all the tools you need to carve one 2x2 inch block and one 3x4 inch block. I’ll share paints and inks with you so you can try out your stamps on both fabric and paper. Make sure you bring back your stamp to use for Sunday’s Gelli Print workshop.
The next day we will be devoted to creating a stack of fabric mono-prints made on small 4x6” soft gel print plates that I provide. I’ll show fun and easy print techniques using botanicals, stencils, and texture tools. You will print, using paint I provide, on a variety of precut fabrics that I’ll have at the ready. After lunch you’ll use your stack of little prints to create a quick fabric collage composition on felt with misty fuse already applied by me. You can choose to finish your fiber art with free motion quilting or hand stitching and embroidery or both! Don’t worry if you haven’t done much fabric collage or quilting all you need is a curious, creative mind.
Class fee: $65
Kit fee: $35
October 19, 2019
Judy Kessinger “The Fit Doctor”
Lecture: Meet the Fit Doctor
Judy’s lecture will begin with a discussion of fitting issues that most of us face and how to resolve them. She will have a trunk show of examples -- tops and pants which reveal her simple, easy approach, and plant the seeds of confidence and inspiration. Learn creative design tricks and a quick look at how Judy’s basic patterns can be transformed into a wardrobe of wearable, comfortable and attractive clothes.
What started from sewing skating costumes and showing friends and neighbors her shortcuts and simple fixes has become an empire which has coaxed sewers back to their machines to make wardrobes that fit and are comfortable and fashionable. Judy has a Facebook site-Fit Nice Sewing Sisters- which you are welcome to join for tips and tricks. She has two books in print- Design It Yourself and Tips and Tricks
Workshop: Fitting the Perfect Top. Judy will take questions and answers and then she will measure each student.
She will draw on a miniature pattern, for them to copy onto their big pattern. Fitting issues are discovered, discussed and solved -- right then and there!
While others are being measured, you might want to “play” in Judy’s garment collection, even try them on (there will be a full-length mirror available) and even, if you bring your camera, take pictures of your favorite styles and colors.
The next day Sunday, will be a hands-on workshop and will be dedicated to creating Perfectly Fitting the Tops. Starting with the first arrival, I will draw the actual pattern for them.
Class fee: $100
Kit fee: $45 (That includes the pattern, video and all the pdfs attached along with a personal pattern created from Pattern Ease.)
November 16 - 17, 2019
Rose Burris, collage portraits
Rose is an award-winning fabric artist who creates realistic animal portraits using collage techniques. The lecture on Saturday will take us on Rose’s journey of her lessons learned and show slides of her and student’s work. Prepare to be awed!
“Most of my work revolves around animals, particularly dogs. There is a soulfulness and a shared connection humans feel with dogs. Perhaps it’s because they’re so curious. After hiking in the Alps, I also fell in love with cows. I noticed how well they communicate without words, simply by expressions. I want to capture that in my work. So, I always begin with the eyes. The eyes render the image alive. The face and body evolve intuitively by careful blending of color and pattern. Each fabric piece adds a level of depth, much the way a painting comes to life through shape, shading and color.”
January 18 & 29, 2020-
Susan Coulter & Friends, -
Stephanie Harrell and Vera DeFehr,
Vera De Fehr teaching us all about her cape designs. !
Class Fees $ Kit Fees: $ TBA per class
February 15 & 16, 2020
Rachel Clark, wearable artist
Lecture: Wearable Art for the Body and Soul
Rachel D.K. Clark is a contemporary folk artist, teacher and lecturer who comes from a long line of sewers, beginning with her great-grandmother. She has been doing wearable art since 1973 and teaching on the national circuit since 1990. Eclectic fabric mixes, vibrant designs, and a keen sense of humor characterize Rachel’s work.
While her garments and quilts can be whimsical, political or a personal statement it always reflects her love of traditional quilt making. She has done many one-woman shows around the country and her work has been featured in various gallery shows, magazines such as Threads, and “The Quilting Quarterly” on HGTV’s Simply Quilts.
Rachel has designed her own pattern line, RDKC Patterns. This line includes the Picture This Coat, “Picture This” Vest and the A-Line Coat. She has also has two wall quilt patterns called Scrap Happy and “Picture This” Nigerian Appliqué.
March 16 & 17, 2019 - Sara Renzuli
Sara's felted animals are truly amazing! She is well known for her oil and pastel paintings depicting rural life. For the past several years, Sara has concentrated on the craft of needle felting. She says: “I have been a professional painter for over 20 years and life long animal lover and hobby crafter. When I discovered needle felting 5 years ago I quickly developed a style, technique, and proficiency through determination and practice. As a new career direction, needle felting is the perfect marriage of three things, my artistic talent, the uniqueness of working with natural fiber, and the humor and joy found in a familiarity with rural life abundant with critters.”
Class Fee $90 Kit Fee $40
April 27 & 28, 2019 - Natasha Foucault
Have you ever wanted to see your designs on silk? Now is your opportunity to learn the ins and outs of silk paintings. This class will explore various techniques- gutta certi, salt, alcohol, linear underpainting, washes shading and blending. Students will create one hand painted silk scarf during this session. All necessary supplies are provided in the kit for $30
Russian-born Natasha Foucault has gained worldwide recognition for her
luminous silk paintings and wearable art. She has exhibited and sold her work both locally and internationally. Her work includes numerous corporate and residential commissions in Russia, Europe, Canada, and the United States. Teaching silk painting to both children and adults, she is also the co-author of Silk Diary: An Artist's Journey from Moscow to Mendocino,■ a narrative blending her life stories, paintings, and silk painting techniques.
Class Fee: $50 Kit Fee $30 payable to the instructor