J. Patrignani

                A. Adams


     Felting

2017 FIBER, PAPER, & BOOK ARTS WORKSHOPS

     

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June 5–9

Seams Different

Instructor: Luke Haynes

All Levels*

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Improve your studio practice in sewing quilts. We will work through some iterative projects and design prompts. This will help you build confidence in your own studio practices, and also skills towards creating your own projects. You will learn the intricacies of the quilt art form through a range of projects.

* Some use of a sewing machine is a plus, but we can teach that, too.

Subverting the traditional quilting form by integrating modern concepts, Luke Haynes’ art transforms the comfortably familiar into the visually evocative. He was born and raised across the American South. With formal training in art and architecture at Cooper Union, New York, Luke continues to experiment with quilting art while exploring art and architecture across the globe.

A chance encounter with a box of fabric remnants sparked Luke's imagination. His first quilt, which measured 7 feet by 10 feet, led him through years of experimentation and improvements in quilting. Further honing his style, Luke developed a system to piece manageable parts into a larger whole, applying a modern design sense to a familiar process. In his projects, he uses reclaimed materials from the communities he works with in order to speak with the textile language of the area.


June 19–23

Not Your Daddy’s Leather Workshop

Instructor: Jamie Murphy

Intermediate–Advanced*

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Explore the use of leather as a wearable form of art. Upcycle old jewelry, clothing, bags, or anything else to make into leather, and/or create new items out of leather—it’s your leather class! Discussions of traditional, current, and experimental techniques will be covered, as well as the qualities of different types of leather and their use. You will have one calf hide and a lot of remnants to pick from that will enable you to create your items. This hands-on class will give you a good foundation of knowledge and a unique finished product made of either a full- or top- grain, premium leather.

*Intermediate sewing skills are required.

Jamie Murphy is inspired by the world around her. Interpreting the way she sees the world is how she expresses herself in her art. Jamie is a painter who makes unique leather bags. A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 34 years, she received a BA in studio arts from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in painting. Her professional memberships include the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, the Craftsman’s Guild of Pittsburgh, and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman.


June 26–30 | Teen Week

Fiber Art Transformations: Silk, Wool, Paper, and Books

Instructor: Janice Patrignani

All Levels*, Grades 9–12

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Explore a potpourri of different fiber arts techniques this week. We will create glorious one-of-a-kind silk paintings as well as pattern silk scarves using the shibori method, experiment with wool felting, explore the fiber-transformation method of papermaking, and embellish with printmaking and marbling. We will also cut, fold, and assemble some of the decorative papers we made into personalized multi-use books or journals. By the end of the week, you will have a treasure trove of exquisite artworks and amazing personalized gifts——which you may want to keep!

* This class is a great resource for teachers or anyone who wants to discover the magic of Fiber Art.

Janice Patrignani is a design professional, visual artist, and art educator. She holds a BS from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, and Art. Since 1995, she has been developing and teaching workshops in her many areas of media expertise, which include watercolor, acrylic, and silk painting; shibori; fiber arts; bookmaking; paper transformations; and ceramic sculpture. Janice’s mixed-media sculpture has been exhibited throughout New York. She received third place for sculpture in the Best of New York Artists and Artisans 2005 book series, and was awarded honorable mention for ceramic sculpture in Art Buzz, the 2009 Collection.


July 10–14

Cordwainer Craft: Making Classic Handmade Leather Shoes

Instructor: Molly Grant

All Levels

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Cordwainer shoes are unique in the world of shoemaking. After an introduction by Molly Grant, which includes a brief history of the Cordwainer Shop, you are invited to talk about your call to shoe making.

Using original tin patterns from the 1920s, you will learn about basic pattern making and then move forward from there. You will choose from an array of leathers and make your shoes to your exact foot measurement. From cutting the leather, lacing the uppers together, and then culminating with hand-lacing the soles to the uppers, your final product will leave you feeling amazed and proud of your unique Cordwainer shoes.

Molly Grant began leatherworking in her early twenties, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather shop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire—where she learned the basic skills of traditional leatherworking. Molly first saw Cordwainer Shoes when she was ten years old at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair, known nationally as the oldest craft fair in the nation. She became a juried member in 1989, and participated by showing her line of handbags. There, she had the opportunity to meet Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop. Within a few months' time Molly was traveling to craft shows nationally with Paul and learning the Cordwainer art. Molly still makes handbags, but the main business is footwear and teaching shoemaking workshops at the shop and at craft schools across the country.


July 17–21

From Traditional to Contemporary: Finding Your Own Path to Modern Quilting

Instructor: Nicole Maroon

All Levels

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Beginning with a traditional quilt block design, students will then use different techniques to create a unique, modern block design. Class instruction includes three techniques: improvisational piecing; altering a design by moving angles and/or lines; and incorporating a pieced, scrappy element to the quilt block. With these three techniques, any traditional design can be transformed. You will create several quilt blocks in class, which can be combined into individual smaller projects, such as wall hangings or trivets.

Nicole began quilting as a hobby in 2002. In 2013, she purchased a long-arm quilting machine and started a small, home studio-based business. She provides custom long art quilting with a fondness for modern designs that focus on negative space. Nicole currently teaches a one-day, three-hour class on free motion quilting at Spool in the Allentown neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She taught a full-day workshop for the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild in October 2016 and in upstate New York.


July 24–28

Silk Sensational Silk: Paint It, Crimp It, Dye It, Wear It

Instructor: Janice Patrignani

All Levels

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Create beautiful, one-of-a-kind scarves from the most luxurious and durable of natural fabrics. In this class, we will learn how easily color, texture, and pattern are created by the seductive flow of paint and dye on silk. We will explore centuries-old Chinese silk painting techniques and Shibori, the ancient Japanese fiber art of bound resist dyeing. You will leave with an appreciation for the rich history and modern potential for wearable silk art, and an assortment of exquisite wearable artworks—that are surprisingly easy to create!

Janice Patrignani is a design professional, visual artist, and art educator. She holds a BS from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, and Art. Since 1995, she has been developing and teaching workshops in her many areas of media expertise, which include watercolor, acrylic, and silk painting; shibori; fiber arts; bookmaking; paper transformations; and ceramic sculpture. Janice’s mixed-media sculpture has been exhibited throughout New York. She received third place for sculpture in the Best of New York Artists and Artisans 2005 book series, and was awarded honorable mention for ceramic sculpture in Art Buzz, the 2009 Collection.


July 31August 4

A Thousand Words

Instructor: Len Davis

All Levels

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: MondayFriday

Explore collage making with the use of drawing on text-filled newsprint, incorporating text-filled found objects and torn paper on an 8 inch by 5 inch panel with an epoxy finish. After a brief description and then execution, you will create thematic collages from “A Thousand Words.” On the third and fourth day, you will build the assemblages and incorporate the collages into the assemblage. The last day will cover finishing touches, wrap up, summary, presentation, and an open-ended question and answer period.

Len Davis, whose interest in art began as a child, grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In tenth grade, he attended the 1985 Marc Chagall exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with his art class. That was the moment he knew he wanted to be an artist. After attending East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he began to do his own marketing and worked on improving his craft. Len wanted to tell and create his own stories through fine and visual art, his way. What are his stories about? They’re about life: how we cope and get through the day with the surrounding issues that confront us.


August 711

Introduction to Sculptural Needle Felting

Instructor: Erin Carlson

All Levels

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: MondayFriday

Learn the craft of needle felting through the creation of plant and animal forms. Discover the fascinating properties of wool, which allow it to be transformed into solid three-dimensional shapes, and make increasingly complex projects culminating in the creation of your choice of animal. Explore skills such as basic sculpture, surface design, and color blending; and then, find out how the creation and utilization of custom wire armature will allow your finished pieces to come to life with gentle movement. While this is an all-levels class, students should be comfortable working with sharp needles, long hours of sitting, and repetitive hand motion.

Erin Carlson studied at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a degree in English with a minor in studio art. After graduation, she received the Three River’s Arts Festival’s Emerging Artist Scholarship and began creating needle felted animals to sell at art and craft fairs throughout Pennsylvania. In 2014, she became a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh and began to teach the technique of needle felting through various organizations in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. Now living in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Erin works full time as an artist. Her work is inspired by her love of nature and life-long interest in plant and animal life.


August 21–25

Papermaking 101

Instructor: Katy DeMent

All Levels

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Explore traditional papermaking and discover modern techniques with color and texture. Join this intense papermaking class to learn about collecting and processing fibers, color, surface design, texture, and composition while creating sheets of recycled and plant-based papers. We will process pulps, then form sheets of paper with a variety of fibers that are either recycled or collected from nature. We will also explore surface design options like embossing, monoprinting, and wet-on-wet collage that can include pressed dried flowers, ferns, and leaves as well as fabric and momentous from home.

Self-taught in fiber arts, textiles, welding, painting, printmaking, and sculpture, Katy DeMent has been a teaching artist for more than 26 years. She worked for Woodruff Arts Center and Young Audiences of Atlanta for 15 years while traveling the East Coast presenting her handmade paper artworks at hundreds of outdoor festivals. She holds many awards for this body of work and received Georgia Art Educators Association’s Artist of the Year 2006.

Relocating to Pittsburgh in 2011, she infiltrated the K–12 Artist-in-Residence programs through Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Gateway to the Arts. Her residencies bring hands-on STEAM-centered programming with hand papermaking as a means to an end. She leads professional development courses through Savanna College of Art and Design, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, where she develops environmental art-related programs and outreach. She also works with adult and special populations through Society of Contemporary Craft and Creative Citizen Studio. She continues to be a studio paper maker, and in her spare time she is a gardener and beekeeper.


August 26–28

Pulp Painting: Illustrate with Colorful Paper Pulps

Instructor: Katy DeMent

All Levels

$375 Member | $405 Non-Member

Class Time: Saturday–Monday

Be distracted with color! Explore dying a variety of plant fibers with fiber reactive dyes and natural material, and sample various methods that explore color in papermaking. Fiber reactive dyes, pulp painting, stencil, printmaking, rust printing, and wet-on-wet collage are just a few of the methods that may be used to illustrate with colorful paper. We will focus on two-dimensional sheet forming with some relief and texture. If practical, special projects may be considered.

Self-taught in fiber arts, textiles, welding, painting, printmaking, and sculpture, Katy DeMent has been a teaching artist for more than 26 years. She worked for Woodruff Arts Center and Young Audiences of Atlanta for 15 years while traveling the East Coast presenting her handmade paper artworks at hundreds of outdoor festivals. She holds many awards for this body of work and received Georgia Art Educators Association’s Artist of the Year 2006.

Relocating to Pittsburgh in 2011, she infiltrated the K-12 Artist-in-Residence programs through Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Gateway to the Arts. Her residencies bring hands-on STEAM-centered programming with hand papermaking as a means to an end. She leads professional development courses through Savanna College of Art and Design, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, where she develops environmental art-related programs and outreach. She also works with adult and special populations through Society of Contemporary Craft and Creative Citizen Studio. She continues to be a studio paper maker, and in her spare time she is a gardener and beekeeper.


September 1–3

Shibori Holiday

Instructor: Janice Patrignani

All Levels

$275 Member | $305 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Sunday

Immerse yourself in Shibori, the ancient Japanese fiber art of bound resist dyeing using techniques of stitching, binding, folding, clamping, and wrapping. In one weekend, we will learn how glorious color, texture, and design can be achieved on silk, the most luxurious and durable of natural fabrics. We will explore a variety of patterning, dyeing, and discharging methods with fiber reactive and acid dyes. You will leave with an exquisite assortment of one-of-a-kind wearable works of art, that you created, and an appreciation for the rich history and modern potential of Shibori. 

Janice Patrignani is a design professional, visual artist, and art educator. She holds a BS from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, and Art. Since 1995, she has been developing and teaching workshops in her many areas of media expertise, which include watercolor, acrylic, and silk painting; shibori; fiber arts; bookmaking; paper transformations; and ceramic sculpture. Janice’s mixed-media sculpture has been exhibited throughout New York. She received third place for sculpture in the Best of New York Artists and Artisans 2005 book series, and was awarded honorable mention for ceramic sculpture in Art Buzz, the 2009 Collection.


September 8–11

The Art of Papercutting

Instructor: Annie Howe

All Levels

$325 Member | $405 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Monday

Learn the main concepts of paper cutting and gain a solid foundation and understanding of how to design and create your own papercut artwork. Basic and advanced techniques and materials as well as the ways that papercut artwork can easily translate to other uses, such as silk screening and greeting cards, will be presented. You will receive guidance on any technical questions and design ideas throughout the workshop and leave with the understanding of how to take your ideas from sketch to finished piece.

After graduating from the Maryland Institute of Art with a BFA in fiber, Annie Howe worked in community arts for many years, creating and contributing to the Baltimore art community with large scale puppetry and shadow puppets. As her love for storytelling grew through this large medium, she found her focus as an artist shifting from large three-dimensional objects to the smaller, more intimate medium of paper. She founded Anne Howe Papercuts in 2010, creating handmade papercuts for businesses, publications, and private collections. Her illustrations are easily recognized in many branding and publishing initiatives.

With over 10 years of workshop teaching experience, Annie has led workshops for small groups, large groups, young and old, artists and non-artists. She has taught at museums, summer camps, universities, and private homes.

 

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