The art-quilts below are just a few pieces from an ongoing series that grew out of my desire to symbolically share the stories relevant to my personal journey. Encouraging others to express their wisdom is the foundation for teaching this class.
This class focuses on teaching participants to tap and express personal imagery through symbolic story telling. Using a limited pallet of neutral fabrics (primarily black and white/cream), and highly stylized figurative elements, meaningful expressions come to life. Beyond the 'how to' instruction that is typical of crafting classes, participants are also taught techniques for accessing endless inspiration. Based on exploring their own well of personal and individual experience, participants can take these techniques into any style they choose.
Exploring Personal Imagery-
Black and White and Thread All Over!
Design and execute original art-quilts!
These classes have been designed to give participants a foundation in creating ongoing original artwork rather than simply executing a class project based on my patterns.
These two, two-day classes primarily focus on designing and composing original artwork in the style depicted to the left. In class one, participants first create a fused appliqué piece from one of the 'Places' patterns in my People and Places collection. This familiarizes them with the execution process as a whole before diving into design. Then participants learn to reinterpret, compose and draft, original patterns from personal or commercial photographs that hold special meaning.
In class two, based on the fused appliqué technique taught in class one and the original pattern they have created, participants are assisted in fabric selection and the execution of their artwork.
Beginning class- A monochromatic approach, the stunning art-quilt (above left) is made with the use of only two fabrics. An introduction to collage, and a shading technique for rendering depth, light and shadow are taught as students explore composition and design based on the pattern provided for this piece.
Intermediate class- Following the first class, an intermediate class is offered which incorporates the skills from the first class while introducing color and multiple fabrics, as students learn to draft an original design composition. This class is based on the art-quilt depicted above right.
Beginning level class
Collaged imagery, hand-painted cloth and surface design are among the in-studio classes I offer. Most are two-day classes and my fee is $65.00 per student/class. I am also available to teach for shops, art centers and guilds. Below is a little about the textile classes I currently offer and the way I teach.
Experimentation, connecting with one's creative guidance as well as teaching participants to listen to the aspect of 'self' that wants creative attention is fundamental to the way I teach. Nurturing the creative energy within is foundational. This is especially true in my ongoing studio classes where students design and produce original artwork under my guidance based on a variety of techniques.
Three classes based on figurative imagery gradually ease students into the process of design, composition, technique and original imagery.
Collage Imagery Art-quilt Class
Advanced class- Using the art-quilt below as inspiration, this class focuses on designing and rendering advanced figurative imagery using the techniques from the previous classes while incorporating a discharge technique for altering cloth in a way that offers a luminescent quality to the finished piece.
Rabbit Holes and Two Old Crows
Art-Quilt and Surface Design Classes
The Dream Thief
Ink and Thread Painting Classes
Student class work is featured in these 3 bottom images.
My Ink and thread painting classes were inspired by the two aquatic themed art-quilts (pictured right). After being featured in Quilting Arts magazine, the mermaid quilt got a lot of attention in galleries and shows and requests came in for classes using these techniques. The two images to the left are class patterns which students can choose from as I teach them the method I use to transform cloth with ink and thread.
Intermediate level class
Figurative applique pattern design and composition.
STOREY - HARMON
Wild hare studios and rabbit hole arts
People and Places