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Textiles & Fiber Arts Workshops


Tea, Rust and Burn for Textile Artists

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This innovative class addresses the techniques of rusting, burning and dying using tea to color, enhance and embellish fabric, fiber and paper.

Adding these simple, earthy elements to your toolbox will provide you with a lovely neutral palette that could springboard a new direction in your creative work.

We will burn marks, designs and patterns into fabric using incense, torches and wood burning tools. We will rust using steel wool and to create pattern on fabric and paper. Adding tea to the mix incorporates another beautiful neutral and when combined with rust produces black.

Various fabrics and paper will be provided and you will want to bring in your own paper, fabric or garment to customize your work. Besides working on individual elements you may also bring an existing garment to alter.

Come away with elements for collage, quilts or garments, and complete a sample book of all your experiments.

Please follow this link to our Class Resources page for the required supplies and materials lists for our classes, as well as other important information.

Many of these elements will be the perfect items to incorporate into to the Encaustic Palette Collage workshop on July 29-30.

Register Early! Class limited to only 15 students.

Sat. & Sun., Sept. 23 & 24
10:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Sept 11: $195
Register after Sept. 11: $210

Plus $50 materials fee paid at registration

 

register online

 

Daniella Woolf holds an M.A. in Textile Structures from UCLA, and was a founding partner at Wax Works West. She taught encaustic for R & F Paints, and continues to teach in many corners of the world. She is a 2007 recipient of the Gail Rich Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the 2008 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.

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Fabric Printing with Handmade Stencils and Stamps

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Create original motifs for hand printing patterns or compositions on your own natural fiber fabric (cotton, linen, silk). Create and apply your own hand cut stamps and stencils to use with textile paint and thickened dye. Design dynamic 2-part motifs and learn about the variations possible in creating repeat compositions.

Students may create resolved printed artworks or yardage to be used later for sewing projects.

All levels welcome!

Sat. & Sun., Sept. 30 & Oct. 1
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register by Sept. 11: $195
Register after Sept. 11: $210
plus $25 materials fee paid in class

 

register online

Victoria May – see bio

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Radical Embroidery

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If you’ve been interested in incorporating embroidery into your artwork but it seems too finicky, you are not alone! This workshop will explore how to successfully use stitching to expand the vocabulary of elements you can integrate into your textiles or mixed media compositions.

In this weekend workshop you will learn to use thread or fibers to create and embellish mixed media artwork. We will discuss and practice different possibilities for materials to stitch into, as well as various needlework techniques appropriate to a range of media.

Register Early! Class limited to only 15 students.

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 4 & 5
10:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register by Sept 11: $195
Register after Sept. 11: $210
Plus $20 materials fee paid in class

register online

 

Victoria May received her MFA from San Jose State University where she studied Installation Art and Photography. She is based in Santa Cruz and teaches at many local colleges. In 2010 she received a Santa Cruz County Rydell Fellowship. Her work has been published in FiberArts and in the Princeton Architectural Press publication By Hand.

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Intro to Surface Textile Design with Adobe Illustrator

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Learn to create detailed, professionally illustrated patterns for fabric using Adobe Illustrator. Whether you draw detailed designs by hand, want to create a fabric pattern from your photos or draw freehand using Illustrator's tools, this class will teach you how to get your pattern ready for fabric.

Illustrator is a large application and this is your chance to focus on Surface Textile Patterns to be printed on fabric. Techniques most useful for graphic artists & Surface Textile designers will be covered. Find out how to vectorize your pencil or ink drawings, add and control colors for related designs, trace and edit your design and turn it into a usable repeating pattern design for printing on yards of fabric. Learn where and how to print or license your surface textile pattern.

Bring a flash thumb drive and line drawings if desired.

This class will be taught on a Mac, but is adaptable to Windows.


3 Weds., November 1 - 15
6 - 9 pm
Room: 317
Register by Sept. 11: $95
Register after Sept. 11: $110

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Alixandra Mullins
has been a professional media and graphic designer for over 10 years and has taught Digital Media at Gavilan and Cabrillo Colleges.

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Sewing Workshop

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Come meet up with other enthusiasts for this hands-on workshop for all sewing levels, from beginners to advanced! You provide the sewing projects of choice, and we provide a creative, supportive environment, skilled guidance and a spacious area for you to create in. Weekly tips and special tutorials help you grow your sewing skills and complete individual projects. Tutorials include reading and using a pattern, sewing French seams, fitting and alterations, proper clothing construction, zippers, etc.

Our classroom is a great space to create and sew, with Bernina sewing machines, large cutting tables, ironing boards and irons, as well as some basic sewing supplies.

Students need to bring the sewing project of choice, either in progress or to start in class.

Please follow this link to our Class Resources page for the required supplies and materials lists for our classes, as well as other important information.


6 Fri.,
September 22 - October 27
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Sept. 11: $95
Register after Sept. 11: $110

register online

Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link below

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Learn to Sew Workshop

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If you’ve always wanted to learn to sew, but didn’t know where to start, this weekend workshop will cover all the sewing basics from how to use a sewing machine, proper pinning and use of tools, as well as how to layout a basic pattern. We will be making three simple projects, an herbal heating bag, an infinity scarf and a tote bag. All three projects are perfect for the newbie sewist, as well great creative gifts for the holiday season. Please visit the Class Resources web page for important information, including specific fabric and materials list. One-on-one instruction will be given to each student. Sewing machines will be provided for the students.

Please follow this link to our Class Resources page for the required supplies and materials lists for our classes, as well as other important information.

Sat. & Sun., October 14 & 15
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Sept. 11: $148
Register after Sept. 11: $160
plus $15 materials fee payable at registration

register online

Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link below

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Sewing and Design, DIY Holiday Workshop

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Create your own Table Runner and Matching Napkins - just in time for all of the holiday festivities and meals. Save a ton of money and design something that fits your personality! In this class you will have the opportunity to let your creativity flow while designing and sewing your own unique table runner and coordinating napkins (4 in class), using simple shapes and mixing fabrics of your choosing. Students must have basic sewing skills and be comfortable with a sewing machine. 

One-on-one instruction will be given to each student. Sewing machines will be provided for the students. 

Please follow this link to our Class Resources page for the required supplies and materials lists for our classes, as well as other important information.

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 11 & 12
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Sept. 11: $148
Register after Sept. 11: $160
plus $15 materials fee payable at registration

register online


 

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Kiki Barrett is a local designer and sewing instructor with a passion for helping others get past the fear and frustration of sewing with a sewing machine. She has shown ready-to-wear collections locally since 2013 and looks forward to continuing to grow as a designer and seamstress.

 

 

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Pearl and Bead Stringing Made Simple

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Are you are looking at your well-loved broken strands of pearls and beads in your jewelry box, and wondering if you can learn to repair them yourself? The answer is YES! You will learn the "lost art of hand knotting" during the first class. There are three methods of stringing that we’ll cover with a great deal of patience and humor.

The kit includes all necessary tools, beads and findings you will need to learn the methods in class, plus extra findings to repair your own broken strands of pearls & beads from home.

Additional materials will be available for purchase during class.

4 Tue., October 3 - 24
7 - 9 pm
Room: 1605

Register by Sept. 11: $62
Register after Sept. 11: $72
plus $34 materials fee payable to instructor in class

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Estelle Drinkhaus teaches the lost art of hand knotting and has provided a restringing service to many local jewelers for over 20 years.

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