Intro to Screenprinting
This intensive two day course will teach you everything you need to know to make your own screen prints.
All tools and materials provided. Bring your own t-shirt and print design. (we will also have some shirts and designs available if you have no preference)
Instructor: Jeff Bradley
Saturday & Sunday
December 2nd & 3rd: 10.30am -1.30pm
FiberFolk is a series of workshops designed to introduce participants to the different ways they can create practical objects and works of arts, incorporating both raw materials and reusing or altering existing textiles.
There are enough ways to manipulate wool, build a loom (or weave without one), and dye cotton pink to make it impossible for one artist to know them all. In FiberFolk, we’ll focus on methods that reduce waste, are safe to practice at home, and rely primarily on materials that are available to city dwellers within their neighborhoods.
This workshop will introduce the basic components of natural dyeing, focusing on plant based dyes — including some sourced from kitchen scraps — and primarily protein (or animal based) fibers including wool and silk.
Participants will learn the basic formulas that they can use to produce dye baths in a rainbow of colors using materials from unexpected but easy to locate sources, and which processes work with the particular materials that they are dyeing. At least two projects will be completed in the studio— one involving dying raw material, and one that uses a finished piece — and participants are also welcome to bring items that they are interested in dyeing during the workshop.*
All participants will leave with a natural dyeing journal, with its first few entries filled out, as well as materials and directions to continue to experiment and improve their skills at home.
*Guidelines on what types of items will work well, and how to prepare them will be provided to participants in advance of the workshop
Instructor: Katie Himmelfarb
Sunday, Dec 10th 10.30-1.30
FiberFolk - Weaving
Getting started with weaving: Complex color and texture on simple portable looms
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of weaving a solid piece of cloth. The first part of the session will focus on completing a small piece of weaving that will introduce essential weaving terms and techniques that are used in the most advanced weaving practices, including warp, weft, sheds, shuttles, and tension. Participants will use a (very) small frame loom to quickly learn how to both set-up and do the finishing on this style of loom, so that they can continue to practice at home on larger pieces.
After starting to master the basics, we’ll move on to weaving on a slightly larger loom of the same style, introducing techniques to create designs through changes in color, texture, and the hand weaving patterns we use.
We’ll learn to create a design to guide our weaving and estimate material quantities. While we weave together, we’ll also review some of the different techniques for using the types of textiles we are creating: different ways of finishing for display as wall hangings, adding backings to use as small decorative rugs, creating fringe for placemats and runners, attaching our to other fabric to create functional items such as pillow cases, and attaching our weaving to each other to create larger pieces.
Students will leave with a lap sized frame loom, one small completed sample size piece; one work in progress on their larger lap loom; the supplies to finish their lap loom piece at home, and the tools and resources to continue their new weaving practice independently.
Instructor: Katie Himmelfarb
Saturday, December 17th
10.30am - 1.30pm