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#BLUBIRDTEACHES: MODERN FIBER

As the daughter of a farmer and artisanal weaver, I've grown up with fiber my whole life. I'm still connected to the larger American cottage wool industry in a professional capacity. As such, I have first hand perspective at the slow decline in accessibility of fiber arts, and the recent post-pandemic resurgence is exciting - it makes me think of the "Return to the Land" movements of the 1970s and all of the things that we now know grew from that reconnection to the land gives me hope. BlubirdTeaches works to discover new ways to apply fiber as a medium in fine art and encourage new interest in the fiber arts. All public workshops and single lessons are focused around small projects that can be accomplished in two hours.  Longer curriculum is open to students who want something more or are hungry for more advanced skills and need help.

 Accepting private students and single session bookings in studio through June 20, 3024.

Public workshops are running in the East Aurora, city of Buffalo, Niagara County and Rochester area. 

Any public workshop is bookable as an individual studio session, or a cocoon for 5 persons or more. Can handle groups up to 20. Email to book a private workshop.

 

Most topics can be modified to suit youth age groups 11-15 upon request.  For youth under 10 or for homeschool groups, please send a message to receive information on private kids bookings.

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Events + Series

Natural Dye and Pigment Expression:
CASTELLANI ART MUSEUM 
at Niagara University

June 5, 12, 19 | 2024

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  • Week 1: Natural dye, theory, and experiment

  • Week 2: Flower Pounding: Pigments from Petals

  • Week 3: Indigo Dyeing

 

This program will be held over three consecutive weeks outside on the portico of the Castellani and in the Museum classrooms.

All course materials are included in the workshop fee.

PUBLIC CLASS SCHEDULE

Monthly workshops are geared towards exploring fiber as a creative medium, and are focused around small projects that can be accomplished in two hours. 

All topics rely on some basic fiber skill set that can be used to explore new ways to create, and are developed for beginners, unless specifically noted. Modern, rooted in heritage technique.

Any group concept can be tailored to fit individual private groups, or private one-on-one instruction, either in studio, or as a "cocoon" for 5 or more participants. Inquire for group rates, or book a consult.

CLASSES FOR GREATER BUFFALO 

#MYO: Any published group concept is always available as a private group booking in-studio.

NEEDLE FELTED AMANITAS

MAY 13: In Studio | East Aurora

GEL-GIT + MORE: EBRU TECHNIQUE

MAY 15: WNY Book Arts

ROUND WEAVING

MAY 22: In Studio | East Aurora

FLORALS FOR SPRING groundbreaking

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NATURAL DYES + INDIGO

JUNE 7: Crown Hill Farm | Eden

MAY 13
In Studio | 17 Elm

Needle Felt Forms:

Amanita

Learn how to make small 3D sculptures using needle felt! In this beginner’s class we’ll cover everything you need to know in order to use needle felting to make the iconic Amanita mushroom while enjoying some time out using wool and needle felt techniques.

An easy one: because this winter was extra.

MAY 15
WNY Book Arts Center

Intro to Ebru: Basic Intentions

Beginners II

Learn how to mix gall, rake, comb and work with Gel-git, or coming and going, a foundational technique for building more advanced marbling techniques such as Peacock, French Curl and Bouquet, in addition to working with basic combing and drawing and stippling, both techniques required to achieve more advanced Italian and Turkish patterns.

MAY 22
In Studio | 17 Elm

The Wheel: 

Weaving in the Round

Beginner’s Weaving, just like Tapestry, but weaving in the round. Students will learn how to warp a round loom and weave for texture, while exploring a variety of different materials to create color and texture. Weave with yarn, raw wool roving and even mac cord and experiment with texture and negative space. Warp, weave and finish in one sitting.

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GREATER ROC

ECO-DYE FOR BEGINNERS

MAY 16

OIL PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

MAY 23

SUMINAGASHI SILKS

MAY 30

FIERCE FLOWERS: NEEDLE FELT

JUNE 6

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MAY 16
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Ecoprinting is the use of natural materials to leave two-dimensional impressions of organic flora on media. Through the use of pressure and heat, we can preserve and transfer the veining of leaves, soothing colors of petals, and stems that create color-rich collages, locking the beauty of the world around us into cloth. Learn  how to use pre-prepared materials to eco-print silk scarves.

MAY 23 
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This workshop class will teach the basics of oil painting. Get acquainted with the materials and methods needed to create a first "lean" layer with a simple gradient color scape, which allows you to focus on color mixing, palette work and using solvents before moving on to brush technique.

MAY 30
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Suminagashi is a perfect mindfulness exercise that produces clean modern patterning. In this class, learn how to create patterns and manipulate the inks on various practice papers before imprinting fine Habotai silk to create a wearable textile.

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NEW:

You Asked: I listened.

 

Summer Learning for Teens closer to Buffalo (like, really close)

Aug 5 - Aug 9

Ages 9-12

In collaboration with WNY Book Arts Center | Washington Street

STUDIO LEARNING

PRIVATE WEAVING AND SPINNING LESSONS

(ADULT) IN-STUDIO LESSONS: WEAVING, FELTING, WOOLCRAFT + SPINNING LEARNING ALSO AVAILABLE 

Private Weaving Instruction - tapestry technique, or the next step up: how to weave simple textile and artisanal goods on rigid-heddle. (Student loom rental available).

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ACCEPTING PRIVATE DYE STUDENTS

(ADULT) IN-STUDIO LESSONS: ACID, NATURAL 

SERIES LEARNING ALSO AVAILABLE

One-on-One instruction in the world of fiber + color. Lessons in acid-reactive protein dyeing and natural plant based dyes using local and native plants.

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WEAVING INTENSIVE SERIES

BUILDING BASICS: ABSTRACT WEAVING
EAST AURORA

A weaving series- three dates. Learn the basics and build up. Loom included.

DATES COMING - 
SUMMER 2024

An in-depth weaving series for those who want to Learn to weave and work with deliberate techniques.
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Learn the basic building blocks of weaving, including warping, materials, tools and basic techniques, then upgrade these basic skills and learn to how to work with deliberate shapes using tapestry weaving joinery and templates, and appropriate use of color to create interest in woven work.

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#NEW

LEARNING FOR SMALLER HUMANS

Summer Camp on site with WNY Book Arts Center: Paper is Fiber, too!

Five Days, Print, Dye, Weave, Experiment and Explore.

Ages 9-12

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