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Quilt Photography by Gregory Case

 

My goal as a teacher is to enable each student to take the techniques I demonstrate and make them uniquely their own.  Students are encouraged to take the skills they learn and create their own distinct visual stories.  As an artist, I believe it’s important to look at works by other artists in various mediums, this allows us to consider the possibilities of methods and interpretations. I include samples of my own work, as well as photos and books about other artists works.  My classes are for students to learn and have creative fun in a non-threatening, supportive environment.  Each time we take a class we add to our tool belt of skills that encourages and enables us to create as artists. 

Workshops

 

 

 

Landscape Quilts 

(Can be a 1-5 day class)

We’ve all seen those landscapes that take our breath away with their color, rolling hills or drifting sand dunes.  Together we’ll take a look at how artists in a variety of mediums achieve translating their visions into works of art.  I’ll demonstrate methods of creating landscapes by adding movement, segments of interest and surprise bits of color for added depth and detail.    The focus of this class is developing each student’s personal style of telling a landscape story. 

 

Architectural Quilts

(Can be a 1-5 day class)

“Think simple’ as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms…” Frank Lloyd Wright.  The atmosphere of a city can be hectic, culturally diverse and contain multifaceted layers of interest!  In this class we’ll explore how to simplify your vision of city life while learning how to identify those layers of interest and detail that make your work tell a story.  No architectural experience required, just a love of lines, angles, color and a sense of adventure and fun!

                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

Reuse and Renew

(1-5 days)

In today's fast paced world, we find ourselves constantly moving, constantly being bombarded with electronic media.  This class focuses on the pleasure gained from slowing down, enjoying the time it takes to stitch cloth by hand and the calming satisfaction gained from the experience.  You'll learn the philosophy and techniques of Japanese Boro stitching, sashiko the stitching of Northern Japan and some basic embroidery stitches.  Students will also explore the beauty of doing stitching on repurposed old textiles by mending, layering of patches and the use of sheers to create texture, interest and harmony.  These techniques can be used to make unique quilts and garments.  Now breathe!

Suitable for all levels

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