|Terrible photo used as inspiration for quilt below|
|Start in Your Own Backyard, art quilt by Molly Elkind|
Lately I've found that analyzing and figuring out how to teach the elements of art and principles of design for textile artists is an inexhaustible topic. The students I had in April in a weekend-long intensive class at Fiber Forum seemed to agree, saying they found the class very helpful. In this class, called Design Intensive:
- We talk about sources of inspiration, from nature to books to other artwork to emotions.
- We look at ways these nebulous sparks of ideas can be developed into actual work.
- We talk about how to use a sketchbook--it doesn't have to involve sketching!
- We touch on how to use--and how not to use--photographs as part of the design process.
- We do lots of exercises to learn how to make value, color, shape, composition and balance do what we want them to, to convey the meanings and feelings we have in mind.
- We also talk about how to evaluate our work, both while it's in progress and once it's finished, and how to avoid falling into the trap of thinking it's awful and you're a terrible artist.
|Altered photocopy used in design for Mary (gilded)|
|Mary (gilded), handwoven tapestry by Molly Elkind|
- At the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild on Fridays, July 17, 24, and 31.
- At Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance (SEFAA), on Sundays, October 11, 18, and 25.
And if you're just itching to get your hands dirty exploring various fabric paints and approaches to surface design, you can take my one-day class, Fabric Painting 3 Ways, at CHG on August 22.. We'll experiment with silk paints, oil sticks, and watercolor crayons on cottons and silk. You'll leave with sets of each kind of paint and a stack of samples you can use to make a small project or use as a springboard for more fabric painting. I used oil sticks to transform the fabric on this quilt.
|Sam at Glacier National Park, art quilt by Molly Elkind|