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#BLUBIRDTEACHES: MODERN FIBER

 

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PRIVATE STUDIO SESSIONS OR COCOONS AVAILABLE

Any group workshop is bookable as an individual studio session, or a cocoon for 5 persons or more. Booking reservations for in-studio or at your residence for July 2022 and beyond.  


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, or visit our #learn for Kids + Teens page

ACCEPTING PRIVATE WEAVING STUDENTS

(ADULT) IN-STUDIO SINGLE LESSON OR SERIES CURRICULUM IN TAPESTRY OR RIGID HEDDLE

Private One on One Instruction focusing on the use of tapestry technique, or the next step up, how to weave simple textile and garmentry using rigid-heddle.

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ACCEPTING PRIVATE DYE STUDENTS

(ADULT) IN-STUDIO SINGLE LESSON OR SERIES CURRICULUM IN ACID-REACTIVE OR NATURAL DYEING

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

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NEW: FRIDAY FIBER SESSIONS

Coincides with Fiber Friday Sales on #shop and our friends at MUSEjar

FIBER FRIDAY STUDIO SESSIONS: MAY

MAY 27

FIBER FRIDAY STUDIO ACCESS: JUNE

JUNE 17

An open session for the fiber curious! Get access to the fiber studio, where you'll be exposed to one facet of the fiber arts each month in an open, supportive environment focused on exploring the techniques of fiber and textile arts. 


This once a month two-hour session is artist's choice, which could range from dyeing, carding, color blending, spinning yarn or a talk about selecting materials for weaving. 


Bring your curiosity or questions and spend a night in all things fiber. For our first session we'll talk tools and the various types of fiber preparation that can be used in fiber arts, and their applications in weaving, felting and even spinning. 

Pre-registration is required for access.

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CLASS SCHEDULE

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, and we now offer classes through the Brainery in Rochester as well. 

Monthly workshops are geared towards n 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.

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.

 
 

CLASSES FOR GREATER AURORA

Group Classes currently open in all fiber mediums at MUSEjar, East Aurora,  at Knox Farm State Park and through Masterson's Apiary for our Pollinators Awareness Garden Series. 
Any group concept is available as a private cocoon booking.

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NEEDLE FELT SKILLS: MINI MYCOLOGY

MAY 18

Our monthly mini class at Alchemy Wine in Hamburg: Explore "small plate" fiber concepts while enjoying the atmosphere with friends with classes that are always easy, short and beginner's level. 
In this month's session we'll cover everything you need to know in order to use needle felting to sculpt a hand-sized amanita mushroom.

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LEARN TO KNIT IN 2 HOURS!

MAY 22

I hate being told what to do. So we created the Simple Skills Series: 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. 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!  

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INT. WEAVING: WEAVING SHAPES

MAY 26

Our first intermediate technique based weaving class! Upgrade your basic weaving skills and learn to how to work with deliberate shapes using tapestry weaving joinery and templates.

This class is suitable for beginner and intermediate students who have taken Learn to weave classes, or are familiar with how to warp and weave simple tabby. 


Don't know how but want to sign up? Reach out to set up an hour of private studio time to prep. Get ready! Summer 2022 is going to be warped. See our press release for Weaving at Knox June 11 + 12.

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WET FELT SKILLS: SCULPTED VESSELS

MAY 30

Explore texture and learn how to wet felt, a process that has an element of sculpture to it. By using warm water and the simple force of your hands, this soothing and meditative process yields beautiful results that are both earthy and elegant. In this beginner's felt workshop, we’ll learn how to manipulate wool intentionally to make simple sculptural vessels using basic resist techniques and sheep's wool.

 

SPECIAL EVENT

DYEING TO DINE: GARDEN TO TABLE
JUNE 5 + JUNE 12
EAST AURORA

Explore what it means to honor all parts of local and native plants, where students will spend a Sunday afternoon outdoors under the trees learning how to work with natural plant dyeing using local rhubarb.
Students will dye a 100% pure linen placemat and a coordinating shibori folded linen napkin. 
Come back the following Sunday to enjoy an al fresco brunch under the trees catered by Dailys Catering, with a menu centered around the same plant students learned to dye with on their very own hand dyed linen place setting.

DYE TO TABLE WORKSHOP

This beautiful plant, which yields a surprising range of earthy pinks, yellows and even oranges dazzles as a natural dye.
This is a size limited ticketed event.

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INTRODUCTION TO SASHIKO

JUNE 3

Sashiko is a striking hand-embroidery technique that originated in ancient Japan, done on indigo dyed fabrics using variations of a basic running stitch. 
This ancient technique merges art and function and is seeing a resurgence in our current climate of mindful consumption, because of its applications in slow fashion and mindful mending.
Learn the materials, the basics and how to execute the patterns

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OIL PAINTS FOR BEGINNERS

JUNE 8

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.

 

SPECIAL EVENT

PLEIN-AIR WEAVING
JUNE 11 + JUNE 12
KNOX FARM, EAST AURORA

The long standing Art in the Park through the Town of Aurora will resume next month, and we're weaving on the grounds of the historic Knox Estate.

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Attendees will learn how to warp a simple frame loom and spend an afternoon outdoors weaving while drawing inspiration from the natural environment and the grounds of Knox. Students do not need to have any "natural artistic talent" or experience in weaving or fiber, just a desire to learn and an appreciation for quiet time spent making outdoors.

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INTUITIVE WEAVING + DYEING

JUNE 15

Abstract Fiber meets Natural Dyes! The monthly examination of the chakras, using color association and exploration of multiple media will include weaving AND dyeing for June.
In this study of the Throat Chakra, we will weave our own sound waves and distress them with a dip in an indigo vat. Watching the magical shift from green to blue as our indigo dyed forms “bloom” is a perfect metaphor for exploring clear voice and giving full expression to what we feel and want to communicate.

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SUMMER SILK: MARBLE DYEING

JUNE 30

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 one of a kind abstract patterns before permanently imprinting them onto luxurious fine weight silk using marble dyeing technique for a burst of lightweight color that can be worn any way you choose.

 

SUMMER SERIES

THE BIRDS & THE BEES WITH MASTERSON'S NURSERY
EAST AURORA

We've teamed up with  Masterson's Garden Center & Apiary for a summer of pollinator awareness nature workshops, beginning June 2 to kick off National Pollinator Awareness Month.
Birds and Bees are the foundation of our food supply, and we want to support our native pollinator species as much as possible, and what better way to honor the birds and the bees by learning to work with native plants and natural materials?
A portion of all classes will go towards Masterson's, helping the work they do to promote education and do their part to save the bees and spread awareness of the importance of native flora.

JUNE 2

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RANDOM WEAVING: NATURE'S FORMS

Our first random weaving workshop! Spend an evening learning how to work with natural materials and weave your very own birds nest inspired forms using native grapevine.

JUNE 29

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PIGMENTS FROM PETALS: 
FLOWER POUNDING

Students will learn how to express natural dye compounds found in the petals and stems of flowering plants and vines and imprint them onto pre-mordanted muslin for an organically "dyed" tapestry piece that will stay vibrant long after the snow comes back.

JULY 17

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FLORAL TEXTILES: 2 WAYS

A final Sunday Funday afternoon with a very special flower pounding session including cyanotype process. Learn how to use cyanotype to capture a floral composition using solar long exposure photography, and enjoy a flower pounding session imprinting your blossoms and native plants into fabric using nothing but fresh blooms and greenery while waiting for the prints to develop.

 

CLASSES FOR ROCHESTER

Group Classes currently open in multiple mediums at Rochester Brainery, located in the N. Goodman University District.
Any group concept is available as a private cocoon booking in East Aurora or Rochester, depending on venue.

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OIL PAINTS FOR BEGINNERS

MAY 17

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.

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EMBROIDERY: LAVENDER MARKET BAG

JUNE 16

We’ll cover all the embroidering basics, and learn how to produce something beautiful with just a three-stitch technique. Just in time for the start of farmer's market season!

 

ART HEALS:

MONTHLY CHAKRA ART 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. 

This series is in progress in East Aurora, and begins June 2022 in Rochester at the Rochester Brainery. 

See our class schedule for individual locations for upcoming sessions.

We will be hosting a group workshop on this concept May 20, 2022 for the Rochester Breast Cancer Coalition's annual retreat for cancer and metastatic disease survivors, where we will explore the healing properties of art and intentional focus on our energetic body.

 

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The monthly series begins June 9 at Rochester Brainery

JUNE 9

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SACRAL + OIL: SWADHISTHANA + ORANGE

JULY 7

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SOLAR PLEXUS + GOUACHE: MANIPURA + YELLOW

SEPTEMBER 1

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HEART + EBRU MARBLING: ANAHATA + GREEN

Coming Soon
 

GREATER AURORA/BUFFALO (716)

We are enjoying these monthly sessions, with new students joining as they find concepts that pique their interest.
Take them all or in part: they stand as a series or individually.

JUNE 15

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THROAT + INDIGO: VISHUDDHA + BLUE

JULY 10

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THIRD EYE + BLUE: AJNA + CYANOTYPE PROCESS

 

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