Natalie Gerber Studios, Calgary announces Fall Workshops
SURFACE DESIGN DISCOVERY
Join us at the studio every Tuesday over six weeks and be introduced to a variety of surface design techniques for textiles. Explore pattern through screen, block or eco printing. Discover resist dying with indigo or natural dyes and combine what you’ve learned through improv quilting. Participate in the full six-week course or individual workshops.
5 Sep – Intro to Indigo, Caroline Forde
12 Sep – Natural Dye Intro, Caroline Forde
19 Sep – Eco Printing, Caroline Forde
26 Sep – Intro to Screen Printing, Natalie Gerber
3 Oct – Block Printing Basics, Charis Birchall
10 Oct – Improv Quilting, Cheryl Arkison
FOCUS ON SURFACE DESIGN – PRINTED YARDAGE
Join surface designer and textile printer Natalie Gerber in her studio over 4 weeks to expand your knowledge of screen printed textiles. In this intimate class you’ll team up with a studio mate to develop and produce your own micro collections with a focus on fall winter 17/18. With hands on demonstrations and problem solving through out the course, you will print three meters of organic cotton/linen and gain a deeper understanding behind the process of screen printing. Work through the steps from repeat pattern development to screen prep, colour mixing, registration and finally printing. At the end of this four week course you will have a better understanding of the process, materials and history of textile printing and your own micro textile collection for future projects.
From October 17th – 22nd 2017 participants are invited to showcase their fall/winter collections in a group show at CSpace King Edward. Opening reception to be announced.
AT A GLANCE
13 Sep – Intro to Textile Printing and repeat pattern development. (Screen Prep)
20 Sep – Intro to water based inks and silk screen prep.
27 Sep –Team Printing
4 Oct – Team Printing
FOCUS ON SURFACE DESIGN – INDIGO
Join fibre artist and surface designer Caroline Forde at the studio for a weekend focused on the natural indigo vat. You will learn to prepare two natural vats and gain a better understanding of the process of working with this complex dye and it’s endless shades of blue. Continue your exploration in indigo dyeing through Shibori, a Japanese resist dyeing technique.
You will take home new skills and a greater understanding of indigo dyeing and shibori resist dyeing while you begin or build onto your own Surface Design and Textile Discovery Journal. Combine what you’ve learnt while you work on a one-of-a-kind table runner and various samples for future projects.
AT A GLANCE
9 Sep – Focus on the Natural Indigo Vat, Caroline Forde
10 Sep – Focus on Shibori, Caroline Forde
FOCUS ON SURFACE DESIGN – NATURAL DYES
Join fibre artist and surface designer Caroline Forde to expand on your understanding of natural dyes. In this focused workshop you’ll explore the natural dye pot from dye extraction and fabric preparation to dyeing. Further explore the possibilities of this process by brightening your fabrics using mordants and over dyeing using resists.
You will take home new skills and various fabric samples of cotton, linen, wool and silk and a one-of-a-kind scarf combining all that you’ve learnt. Gain a greater understanding of the process of working with natural dyes while you explore the Japanese art of shibori resist dyeing along with beginning your own Surface Design and Textile Discovery Journal.
AT A GLANCE
16 Sep – Focus on the Natural Dye Pot, Mordants and Shibori
17 Sep – Focus on Dyeing and over Dyeing