#BLUBIRDTEACHES: MODERN FIBER
Our creative collaboration with the community at MUSEjar in East Aurora continues to thrive, as we work together to discover new applications of fiber as a medium and encourage new interest in the fiber arts. The individual monthly workshops and intensive series are geared towards helping anyone interested in exploring fiber as a creative medium, and are focused around small projects that can be accomplished in two hours which all rely on some basic fiber skill set that can be used to explore new ways to create.
Any group concept can be tailored to fit individual private groups, or private one-on-one instruction, either in my studio, or as a "cocoon" in the MUSELoft upstairs.
MAY 2021 IS ABOUT COLOR AND TEXTURE
MUSELOFT - EAST AURORA
In marbling, by combining water and a plant-based sizing agent, paints are “floated” on top of thickened water solution, allowing you to create pools and puddles of color before manipulating them into patterns. In this class we will mix colors using specialized paints and learn how to work with the flow of water to blend them into your own OOAK abstract patterns before permanently imprinting them onto luxurious fine weight Habotai silk, for a burst of lightweight sensual spring color that can be worn any way you choose!
LEARN TO KNIT
MUSELOFT - EAST AURORA
Introducing our new Just the Basics Simple Skills for Knit and Crochet - the classes I wish I had. Everything you wanted to know and need to know to learn without the pressure of having to create what someone else tells you should. Spend an evening learning everything you want to know but don’t know to ask, like the knit and purl demystified, how to do a long-tail cast-on, how to start a project and pattern reading decoded, free from any expectation. Pure exploration and hands-on help while you learn (without anyone telling you what you "should' make). We'll also cover how to match a needle to yarn, so you can work with any material - from thick wool yarn to summer raffia, even to fine wire! This class will help you get the basics down pat. Then go forth and create!
PAINTING WITH WOOL
MUSELOFT - EAST AURORA
In addition to making adorable little creatures, you can also use a needle felt needle to embed designs on flat surfaces and render 2D images, just like paint! We’ll paint our own May flowers using a modern floral on cotton muslin stretched under tension, similar to a canvas. The design of the chosen template provides an easy guide to follow, with failproof results. All you have to bring is your love of color and your curiosity. Finished piece can be left on the hoop or mounted in a frame for maximum impact of the bold modern print.
LEARN TO CROCHET
MUSELOFT - EAST AURORA
Introducing our new Just the Basics Simple Skills - Knit and Crochet - the class I wish I had. Everything you wanted to know and need to know to learn how to hook without the pressure of having to create what someone else tells you should. Spend an evening learning everything you want to know but don’t know to ask, like the basic 3 stitches simplified, how to chain, how to start a project and pattern reading, free from any expectation. Pure exploration and hands-on help while you learn (without anyone telling you what you "should' make). Then go forth and create!
MIXED MEDIA FIBER PENDANTS
ALCHEMY WINE & BEER - HAMBURG
I LOVE THIS CLASS. And so does every person who's ever taken it. But It's so difficult to promote! We can "paint" using needle felting by combining natural mixed media materials like wool, raw silk, bamboo, embroidery thread, lace, and dried botanicals to form a “stained glass” pendant made entirely of natural materials. Perfect for spring, I'll help you compose your own piece of small scale wearable abstract fiber art while enjoying a night out at Alchemy in Hamburg.
LEARN TO WEAVE
LAGOM BROCKPORT - BROCKPORT
Learn to weave Tapestry! We're traveling to Monroe County for this 3-hour workshop to work with a gentle neutral palette and learn weaving basics at Lagom Brockport. You'll work with a clean white and shades-of-gray palette and materials, and a pre-warped flat loom and learn how to create modern tapestry wall hangings. Instruction will include weaving time as well as finishing and hanging your work. Students will leave with beginners weaving knowledge, and a completed and mounted fiber art piece.
This workshop is full! Send a message below to be added to a wait list for the next session when it's scheduled.
MONTHLY CHAKRA COLOR STUDIES
A monthly examination of the chakras, using color association and exploration of multiple media! Chakras are energetic power centers that form an important part of our creative identities, and are accessible through many associations ranging from color, scent and even certain foods. Understanding and unlocking these points have powerful impact on our ability to feel, embody our power, speak, sing, dance and create. In each class we use color, sound and scent to help understand the point of energy that chakra represents, using continually varied physical art mediums to bring them up close and personal to all our senses. These workshops are immersive and expand our awareness AND our range of creative skills.
MULADHARA - MAY
RED ROOT + NUNO SILK
In May’s class our focus is on “I am,” the Root Chakra, our most physical of the chakras, associated with our sense of trust and security. The Muladhara is our “rooting” and is our most instinctive chakra, governing our survival instincts and our connectedness to our bodies as vehicles that navigate our world. It’s governed by the color red. We’ll get active in this class by exploring a physically stimulating fiber art form, Nuno Felting, and immerse ourselves in Red by making bold abstract Poppies wall hanging. The nuno process, originally from Japan, requires rolling and pressure and warm water to marry earthy wool and soft silk by using a process that feels like sculpture and induces a mindful state of movement.
Students should wear clothes with short sleeves or sleeves that can be rolled up. This is not a messy class, but it can get wet. Dress accordingly.
KIDS AND TEENS FIBER
I teach smaller hands, too.
FIBER FOR THE SMALL(ER) HUMANS
WEAVING PERSONAL MANDALAS
MAY 23 - MUSEJAR
Weaving for the 11-14 crowd! It’s the perfect introduction to fiber art. Students will spend a lazy Sunday afternoon to learn how to warp a handheld circular hoop and weave in the round, creating their own mandala wall hanging using your choice of materials and colors, and if weather permits we can take it outside.
THE ART OF WORDS
BEGINS MAY 6 @ MUSEJAR
Brand new - combining my love of art, of writing and of teaching! Over the course of five weeks, we'll study the art of four popular art movements and artists, like modern expressionism, the women of the Bauhaus movement and sculptural fiber artists like Sheila Hicks, and write about art! Through a series of exercises and writing prompts, we'll learn how to observe and "see," and express ourselves by writing about what moves us or captures our imagination, supplementing indoor conversation with walks within the community and color exploration in our outdoor teaching courtyard (weather permitting), and learn how to write for publishing in print with the assistance of a member of the EA Advertiser Editorial staff (ahem: that would me).
Finished work will be submitted for possible publication with the Voices of the Future Page in the EA Advertiser Summer and Fall Issues.
MINI MIXED MEDIA FIBER
JULY 7 - 9 @ MUSEJAR
The Fiber Medium is tactile gold - the arts of weaving, working with thread and felt making are contemplative and grounding and teach color and texture in a 3-dimensional way that is often easier for little minds to grasp than painting or drawing. Wet Felt making in particular is a calming sensory experience that yields quick and satisfying results for impatient hands, and pride in creating something clever and useful. Over the course of the camp we'll weave, create fiber wrapped rainbows, "paint" with yarn and sheep wool and spend a sunny morning outside getting messy with warm water and soapy suds making felted soap.
This camp is for ages 7-12.
MIXED MEDIA FIBER CAMP
Mixed Media Fiber Camp! Designed to wind down that last bored and cagey week before school creating with mixed media and fiber for ages 12-15, who are sooooo bored and nothing works anymore. Held in the MUSEloft or outside in our building courtyard, weather permitting. Over the 5-day morning sessions, we'll Weave our Own Personal Mandalas, Learn to play with stitchery by learning some modern embroidery, Make Macrame Feathers, "Paint" our own flowers with wool and needle felt and even get messy and make paper using cotton fiber and a variety of natural objects, including discarded silk thread and dried flowers.
THANK YOU MANDALA SCHOOL!
July 2020 was a bright spot in an otherwise extremely complicated summer. Thanks to access to our open courtyard at the building on Elm, we were able to convert it to an open air classroom, and provide a safe learning environment. We collaborated with Mandala School to find ways to introduce 16 tiny queens to fiber, and it was so much fun. We wrapped up Weaving Mandalas, after Rainbow Wall Hangings. Teaching the small ones is still new for me, but I am hooked, and we're rolling out new ideas slowly - Kids Fiber is now a part of the monthly rotation and this energy was the foundation for our 2021 Summer Fiber Camps.
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Have a kiddo who needs some art time in a safe distanced setting? Drop a message. Private instudio lessons as well as closed door studio sessions for small groups are available.