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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.

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., June 24 & 25
10:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register by June 5: $195
Register after June 5: $210

Plus $50 materials fee paid at registration

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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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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., June 3 & 4
10:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Fee: $195

Plus $20 materials fee paid in class

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Victoria May - see bio below

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Small Scale Soft Sculpture

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Leave your control freak at home and come spend a weekend exploring form and texture in our textiles workshop full of cutting tables, sewing machines and other sewing equipment.

You will be surprised and delighted at the whimsical small soft sculptures you can make by simply joining the contours of randomly cut pieces of fabric remnants. Use a sewing machine, hand stitch or glue your creations. Allow the process to inform the outcome without too much planning. Express your style through your combinations of colors and fabrics; from bright to moody, fuzzy to silky. Working at a scale of roughly 5” to 10”,participants may finish 2–4 pieces during the workshop.

Students may bring fabric or clothing to reuse from their own stash, as well as notions, buttons, ribbons, or any other adornments they wish to include in their sculptures. An assortment of fabric remnants, thread and stuffing will be provided.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own fabric scissors if they have them.

Register Early! Class limited to only 15 students.

Sat. & Sun., August 5 & 6
10:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register by June 5: $195
Register after June 5: $210

Plus $15 materials fee paid in class

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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 Thu., May 4-18
6 - 9 pm
Room: 317
Register by Feb. 27: $95
Register after Feb. 27: $110

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3 Tue., August 15-29
6 - 9 pm
Room: 317
Register by June 5: $95
Register after June 5: $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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Photo-Screen Printing on Garments – T-shirts, Scarves and More!

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Create your own custom screen–printed shirts, scarves, shorts, t-shirts, or other items using your photographs! Learn how to make an easy photo-stencil, expose it, develop it and then print a single-color print on your garment. Each stencil will be unique and tailored to the garment type.  Brilliant acrylic inks and pigmented dyes are  used.

Students will be provided  information about affordable resources for purchasing plain white, size appropriate cotton garments suitable for screen printing.

Sat. & Sun., May 6  & 7
10 am - 2:30 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register by Feb. 27: $98
Register after Feb. 27: $110

Plus $25 materials fee paid at registration

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Tobin Keller - see bio

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Photo-Screen Printing on Silk – Print Your Own Wearable Art!

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Workshop participants will learn how to dye a base color on silk yardage, in preparation for discharge photo-screen printing, using a hot water exhaust acid dye process. Photo-screen print stencils, using pre-existing images made with photoshop or by photocopy and formatted as a transparency, are used to print discharge paste on 1-2 yard lengths of stretched silk charmeuse, broadcloth, or chiffon. Repeat and organic print patterns will be explored as will printing to a garment pattern or for a large scarf.

Register Early! Class limited to only 15 students.

Mon. – Thu., June 19-22
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195

Plus $80 materials fee paid at registration

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Tobin Keller has years of wide-ranging experience as a teacher, as a curator and, as an artist. He currently teaches in the Art Department at Cabrillo College and is the director/curator of the Cabrillo Gallery. In recent years, Tobin has found a new passion as a surface designer for wearable art who, with his partner-in-fashion Barbara Bartels, has become one of the main dynamos behind the increasingly popular FashionART Santa Cruz wearable-art show.

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Creative Textiles - Deconstruction, Reconstruction and Re-use

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Beautiful fabric or a favorite piece of clothing can be hard to part with and this workshop may be your solution! Learn techniques and design concepts for deconstructing well-loved clothing and creating a new item - that is not a piece of clothing! In the spirit of reusing and re-purposing students will take apart an old piece of clothing, separate the pieces, apply surface design techniques to some, and then piece them back together to form a new item such as a bag, a book, a soft sculpture, or some other work of art. The shape, fade lines, and seams of the pieces from old clothing provide a rich starting point for a project that includes a variety of stitching and mending techniques, and may include found items.

We will cover block carving, printing, stenciling, as well as embroidery, stitching and mending techniques. Students will look at Japanese Boro textiles, Gee's Bend Quilts, and other creative reuse items and artwork for inspiration..

Register Early! Class limited to only 15 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., July 29 & 30
10 am - 4 pm
Room: 1520
Register by June 5:  $195
Register after June 5:  $210
plus $20 materials fee
payable in class

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Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher who combines books with found objects to create sculptural works. Her pieces celebrate collecting, storytelling, and odd characters. She is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship and has taught book arts in San Francisco, New York City and UC Santa Cruz.

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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.

SESSION 1:
4 Fri.,
June 2-23
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 1520
Fee: $148

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SESSION 2:
4 Fri.,
July 21 - August 11
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 1520
Fee: $148

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REGISTER FOR BOTH SESSIONS OF THE SEWING WORKSHOP FOR JUST $260!

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Kiki Barrett - see bio below

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Silk Kimono Workshop

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In this one-day workshop students will create a simple, elegant kimono from the fabric of their choosing.
The simple design for this kimono will show off the fabric you choose, and will be designed to fit your measurements. This is a great follow up workshop for the Photo Screen Printing on Silk, for anyone who has 2 yards of beautiful fabric they have been hoping to use, or if you just want to create a beautiful kimono designed and sewn by you!

Students will need to bring 2 yards of fabric that is suitable for this type of pattern, and their own fabric scissors if they have them.

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.

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., July 8
11 am - 4 pm
Room: 1520
Register by June 5:  $85
Register after June 5:  $98
plus $10 materials fee at registration

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Kiki Barrett – see bio below

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Pattern Making Workshop

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Have you ever thought - “I love this so much, I wish I had another just like it”? Whether it’s a favorite skirt that has become threadbare, a favorite shirt you wish you had in another color, or you just want to learn how to create a pattern from an existing garment, this 2-day workshop may be the answer. Students will learn and practice the basics of pattern making, and the tools and tricks they can use for replicating garments.

Some limitations may apply, based on original garment, fabric and time of this workshop. Students need to bring to the first class 3 options for potential garments they want to use to create a pattern. The instructor will work with each student to choose the best option.

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.

Register Early! Class limited to only 12 students.

Sat. & Sun., July 15 & 16
11 am - 4 pm
Room: 1520
Register by June 5:  $125
Register after June 5:  $148
plus $40 materials fee at registration

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Kiki Barrett – see bio

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Garment Construction - Pattern Making & Custom Fitted Skirts   

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Create the right skirt, with the right fit, from the right fabric! In this 3-day workshop your learn some of the basics of pattern making by creating a skirt sloper and custom fit skirt from your own measurements!  A sloper is a basic pattern without seam allowances or ease, and made specifically to fit your body.  In this class students create their own sloper, then use that to create a skirt pattern, then a muslin skirt, and finally a skirt made from the fabric of their choosing.  

Skills covered include, testing fit, basic construction, attaching a waistband and zipper installation. 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 2-3 yards of woven fabric, thread and other important supplies.

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.

Fri. – Sun., May 5 - 7
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Feb. 27: $195
Register after Feb. 27: $225
plus $40 materials fee at registration

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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., May 9 - 30
7 - 9 pm
Room: 319

Register by Feb. 27: $62
Register after Feb. 27: $72
plus $40 materials fee payable to instructor in class

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Estelle Davey - see bio below

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Hand Knotting and Twisted Strands: A Pearl and Bead Stringing Workshop

 

Long, elegant necklaces are in again! Design and create your own pieces with your signature look, color and style. This workshop will teach you “The lost art of hand knotting” with luminescent pearls & brilliant colored beads. Students will choose from a variety of pearls, beads and other supplies available during class. Create and elegant, hand knotted, pearl or semi-precious stone bead necklace with multi strand sections, or choose from a variety of multiple strand bead kits to create a colorful 32” twisted strand.”

Choose from a variety of multiple strand bead kits to create a colorful, twisted strand.

Kits and materials are available during class.

2 Sat., June 17 & 24
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room: 1605

Register by June 5: $42
Register after June 5: $48
plus $34 materials fee payable to instructor in class

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Estelle Davey 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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