Cheesecloth Workshops

Cheesecloth Imagery - 5-day workshop

(next scheduled workshop is June 29-July 3, 2020 at Haliburton School of Art & Design)

If you can sew, you can make dramatic textile art! In this very popular workshop, discover a unique method of creating remarkable artworks with humble cheesecloth. In our exploration of the many ways this surprisingly versatile medium may be used in fibre art, you will learn how to manipulate the fibres to employ transparency and contrast and portray a variety of textures. The focus in this class is on black and white for dramatic results, though you will explore optional methods of adding colour.

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Willie

2018

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The Drifter

2017


In addition to adding texture and interest to your fibre art, you will also learn nuances of portraiture through the study of many examples to determine how to depict the qualities of the human face that elicit emotional responses. You are encouraged to explore a variety of subjects - landscapes, animals, whimsical creatures or abstract designs. You will be introduced to easy-to-use computer programs and learn how images can be adjusted on a computer, tablet or photocopier to create useful patterns, though if we have access to a printer, the instructor will work with students individually to design the composition and imagery required for their main project.

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In a friendly and positive environment, learn how to:

· incorporate texture into your fibre art: landscapes, portraits and other figurative work

· harness the power of value for dramatic art quilts

· practise specific techniques to get different cheesecloth effects

· access huge collections of copyright-free images for your own use

· adjust photos on a computer or tablet to create your own patterns

· employ principles of composition to manipulate and enlarge images for patterns

· add colour to your background or cheesecloth with paint, ink and dye

· use monofilament for “invisible” appliqué

· display your fibre art work effectively

After working on exercises and small projects designed to teach you the basics, you will select a specific image of an animal, landscape or person to create a larger and impressive artwork all your own, with supportive guidance every step of the way.

Slideshow presentations are included to walk you through every step of the process and to inspire you with examples from the instructor’s own significant collection of completed cheesecloth artworks.

The instructor encourages students to email her in advance of the workshop to discuss imagery and to answer any questions you might have.

Optional kit fee for local (Toronto area) classes includes access to a class set of Neocolor II wax pastels and four sheets of 19 x 24” Dura-lar. Mary will work with hosts of long-distance workshops to find a source for these supplies 

Generally, the instructor has a selection of packages of hand-dyed cheesecloth available for purchase for $CAN 2.50.


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Open Studio for Fibre Artists - 5-day workshop

First workshop will be August 3-7, 2020 at Haliburton School of Art & Design 

This course is not suitable for beginners

The concept of this course was introduced by my cheesecloth students at Haliburton who expressed a desire for another week of learning new fibre art techniques and having an opportunity to work on projects in a group of convivial sewists.

Here is the idead: Bring any fibre-art related project you would like to develop. It might be a cheesecloth portrait you never completed, a painted textile you wanted to take to the next level, but weren’t sure where to start, or a textile you have been wanting to experiment with. This is your chance to book five solid days of independent work, surrounded by the camaraderie of fellow fibre art aficionados. Being part of a group that shares knowledge, expertise, tools and resources will help you move forward with your project and provide alternative resolutions you might not have considered.

You will be introduced to different approaches of problem-solving and testing new design concepts. The work of some of the world’s leading fibre artists will be examined to illustrate basic design principles and revisit - or discover for the first time – the plethora of surface design techniques available today. Morning roundtable group discussions and presentations will address your particular challenges and questions and probably open up unanticipated new directions for your work. These opportunities for group dialogue will be interwoven with one-on-one consultations and positive guidance regarding the directions and concepts of your work.

This is a week in which you are free to experiment and play with fibre – cotton, linen, silk, wool and cheesecloth; to explore a variety of techniques: painting, hand and machine stitching, printing and more ; to discover electronic processes that might have previously intimidated you; and to learn a variety of methods for displaying fibre art effectively. You will have an opportunity to explore imagery, content, ideas and manner of execution, and to confront your own creative processes within a supportive, open studio environment.

Experience a community of fibre enthusiasts who are dedicated to learning, sharing, and inspiring each other with creativity, craftsmanship and support. The instructor encourages students to email her in advance of the workshop to answer any questions you might have.


Cheesecloth Portraits - Weekend Workshop

Don’t be intimidated by portraiture. By focusing on light and shadow, you can create incredible depth and by using a photo as a guide, you will know exactly where to place cheesecloth to create an immediately recognizable depiction of anyone you choose.

Students work from a common photo on the first day to learn the various methods of designing with this technique, learning all the skills required to create an 8x10” portrait, including cheesecloth manipulation, “invisible” machine appliqué, and finishing, and gain the confidence to work with a photo of their own (or one selected with the instructor’s guidance) the next day to create a larger one-of-a-kind impressive portrait all your own, with supportive guidance every step of the way.

JBW, Keeping Time, and Portrait

JBW, Keeping Time, and Portrait

You will learn how to:

· practise specific techniques to get different cheesecloth effects for effective portraiture

· adjust photos on a computer or tablet to create your own patterns

· employ principles of composition to manipulate and enlarge images for patterns

· use monofilament for “invisible” appliqué

· display your fibre art work in a variety of different ways

Slideshow presentations are included to walk you through every step of the process and to inspire you with examples from the instructor’s own significant collection of completed cheesecloth artworks.

Mary provides advance guidance by email on selecting appropriate photographs; you will learn in class how electronic images may be adjusted on a laptop or tablet to create useful patterns, and how to access copyright-free photos.

Here is an opportunity to learn not only the basic technique but to work on and begin a black and white portrait of a subject of your own.


Natural Imagery in Cheesecloth - Weekend Workshop

This exciting course gives an insight into the skills of employing cheesecloth to depict natural imagery onto textiles. You will learn how to translate your ideas into representational or abstract images with the assistance of photographs or sketches and how to apply the finished images to a background fabric. This course is designed for those who enjoy experimentation and new methods of using colour, texture and a variety of techniques and processes. All levels of experience are welcome.

Vary the painted background to suit the cheesecloth trees and grasses.

Vary the painted background to suit the cheesecloth trees and grasses.

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Equus

Equus

 Workshop fees and details are available upon request by emailing me via the Contact page.