Just came back from the 2012 Americans for the Arts conference in San Antonio. Wonderful town, just my speed! The conference was great, and I was able to hang out with a good friend from Colorado Springs and meets a few other fun folks. Plus, the sessions had a lot of great information I can share with the arts admin students in the coming academic year.

I ran into a friend at the local coffee shop, and she asked about my teaching this summer. I will be at CraftSummer again next week to do a weekend Mini Art Quilt workshop (June 22 -24, not too late to sign up!). It’s my first weekend workshop there, which I am happy to not be away from home too long as I have bird babies (15 chicks) under my care and I’d rather not be too far from the nest so to speak.

The one which is of most regional interest would be my involvement again in the Berea Learnshops, in Berea, Kentucky. This is a WONDERFUL program run out of Berea’s tourism office and managed by arts program experts Pat Bradley and Judy Sizemore. I have taught through plenty of programs and organizations and let me say, these people have their act TOGETHER! There are a variety of arts and enrichment programs not limited to textiles. However, I will be teaching the following:

Thursday July 19 or Friday July 20:
Embellished Textile Collage focuses on hand-worked textile techniques guiding students from basic to advanced skills in fabric, thread, beads and found objects. Hand stitching, appliqué, thread and bead embroidery, and found object embellishment will be utilized by participants through creating a small technique sampler as well as a “embellished textile collage” of their own concept and design. Advanced embellishment skills such as shi-sha mirrors, sequin rosettes and beaded bezels will be covered. The workshop wraps up with presentation options for finished work.

Saturday July 21:
Spend an afternoon exploring the infinite possibilities of using fabric, thread, beads and other embellishments to create your own Mini Art Quilt. Textile artist Jennifer Reis will lead an afternoon workshop on basic and advanced hand-worked art quilting techniques, teaching non-traditional methods of quilting, appliqué, embroidery and embellishing. Using techniques like raw appliqué, thread embroidery and quilting, and embellishing with shi-sha mirrors, beads and found objects, students will create an individually designed embellished textile mini artwork. All techniques are hand-worked, emphasizing non-traditional sewing and quilting, and the class is open to sewing novices and experts alike. All supplies included!

You will leave any of the above with a finished piece, or something that is nearly finished. The difference between the two is really the depth of technique. The Mini Art Quilt is a quick-n-dirty intro to hand applique, embroidery and embellishment. Since I have students for full days in the collage class, we can delve into the more advance techniques I tend to use in my current work.

Later in July, I will be at the Cleveland Institute of Art teaching “Stitched Assemblage” for the first time. This is a new technique I am using where the stretched canvas is either painted or covered by another material and I use it as a “hoop”. We will be learning image transfer on fabric with acrylic mediums, painting on fabric, creating new images, and then will use that imagery to stitch a new composition together onto stretched canvases. The beauty of it is that when you are finished working on the piece, throw a wire on the back, and you are (in the magic language of gallery directors) READY TO HANG! No frame required.

Here are some examples:

Finally, to honor our local spirit, I am doing more Ale 8 Sacred Heart pieces. These may be the ultimate union between my Catholic aesthetic/background and my new-ish Kentucky home. Here’s two:

All of the above are featured on my Etsy site (link on the home page of the site) and FOR SALE!

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