The Colors of Nature Visit Class
Indigenous people from all corners of the world have used natural dyes to ornament their clothing for the past 40,000 years. Through years of trial and error, prehistoric people learned what plants provided the best results, and developed the processes for successfully dying cloth, which are still used today. In this class you will discover the exquisite colors and marks of nature that you will use for dying and printing fabric, yarn and paper. You will learn about ancient dyes such as indigo and cochineal, as well as how to obtain and utilize various “mordents” that are used to effect color intensity and fastness. A significant focus of this class will be on learning a variety of exciting and eco-friendly methods for making your own dyes, inks and prints from locally sourced plants. We will also explore rust dying/printing, compost, and fermentation dying. You will be given the opportunity to apply these techniques on cotton, silk, wool, and paper. At the end of this class you will take home one or two beautifully dyed and printed silk scarves, several large swatches of dyed and printed fabric, some dyed wool yarn, and printed paper Enroll
Dying and Printing with Florida Plants
Capture the essence of nature on paper silk and other fabrics. In this workshop you will learn how to extract dyes and prints from the plants in your own Florida landscape. You will leave this workshop with several fabric swatches to use for future reference, beautifully printed and dyed silk scarves and several sheets of printed paper. The instructor will share a wealth of information based on her extensive study and experimentation with local plants as dye sources, and provide you with a list of plants that have given her the best results. You will also learn strategies on how to determine for yourself which species will render lasting colors and how to prepare and mordant fabrics. You will leave with enough information to get you started in the fascinating craft of natural dying.
The Fine Art of Textile Design
In this highly intensive but fun and stress free Three day workshop create beautiful one of a kind textiles. You will gain a good working knowledge of various methods of color mixing, dyeing, discharging, painting and printing fabric. You will also get plenty of hands on training and practice with numerous surface design techniques that include shibori, fabric painting, screen printing and mono-printing. A strong emphasis will be on how to obtain high quality, color and light fast and wash fast fabrics. At the end of the class you will leave with plenty of beautiful fabric suitable for framing or using in your next sewing project. You may work on cotton, linen, silk or rayon provided by the instructor, but you are welcome and encouraged to bring in your own natural fiber fabrics to work on as well
Thermal Screen Printing
Like traditional screen printing, but easier, faster and more cost effective! In this workshop create a custom screen from your own high contrast photo copy or drawing Or choose from a variety of screens provided by the instructor. Then learn to dye print your own original beautiful and high quality textiles. Students will leave with a yard or more of printed fabric as well as some printed art paper You will also take home a custom thermo silk-screen that can be used to print hundreds more images . All materials including fabric and paper will be provided by the instructor, but students are welcome and encouraged to bring their own fabric, t-shirts or other items to print on. Enroll
Eccentric Silk Screens
In this fast and fun workshop , you will explore new and intuitive methods of creating original images with silkscreens. The instructor will provide a plenty of screens with a variety of images and textures for you to use. You will learn to quickly create your own screens to personalize your creations by adding your own unique mark. You will work with dyes and paints on fabric and paper . All materials including fabric and paper will be provided by the instructor, but students are welcome and encouraged to bring their own fabric, t-shirts or other items to print on Enroll
Textile Design Visit Class
In this six week series learn how to create your own beautiful textiles and upcycle thrift shop garments to create unique wearable art. You will be introduced to a variety of ancient and contemporary techniques commonly used by textile artists, including silk painting, shibori dying, batik, silk screening, mono printing, photo transfer, foiling and more. After learning and practicing this variety of techniques, you will be guided and encouraged to combine, layer and improvise the use of your new skills to create your own “Art Cloth” and wearable art. A considerable emphasis in this class will be placed on learning the proper use of professional quality dyes and pigments to obtain vibrant, colorfast fabrics as you create several unique pieces that you will be thrilled to frame and display in your home or incorporate in your creative projects.. . All Materials provided by the instructor.
Silk Painting and Shibori Visit Class
I In this fun workshop, we will take an adventurous and playful approach to the Ancient Japanese art of shibori dying and silk painting. You will learn to mix, blend and layer dye pigments on silk in ways that will result in amazing complex color pallets. You will leave this workshop with at least five beautiful, one of a kind, large silk scarves to wear with pride or give as a special gift.” Enroll
Silk painting and Shibori 2
This workshop is for Students who have already taken Shibori and Silk Painting and would like to delve deeper into the craft of painting with dyes on silk. In this workshop the students will learn to work with various resists, silk screens and thickened dyes to obtain more controlled painterly effects and images. They will also have the opportunity to perfect and expand the shibori techniques learned in the previous workshop to obtain a wider range of colors and patterns. This class will be tailored to each student’s goals. All dyes and tools fabric and silk scarves will be provided by the instructor. But students are welcome to bring their own 100% silk fabric and/or garments to up-cycle as well.
An Innovative Approach to Appalachian Basketry Visit Class
You will learn the techniques early American Appalachian basket makers used to construct a traditional ribbed basket while having some fun breaking from tradition. You’ll get to choose from an abundance of local natural and found man-made materials. Then discover how to adapt materials and, combine colors to create an expressive and unique basket. Enroll
Artful Basketry Visit Class
In this class you will create at least one traditional ( of course with a few creative modifications) and one original sculptural basket. But depending on size, choice of materials and pace at which student chooses to work it will be possible to complete more. In this class we will cover selecting dying and preparing reed and wood, collecting and preparing natural materials as well as incorporating re-porposed man made materials. Enroll
Ceramic Sculpture and Handbuilding
You provide your imagination and Bonnie will guide you through the do’s and don’ts of hand building and provide you with a large variety of sculpting tools, armatures, cutters, sprig molds and everything else you need to create unique ceramic sculptures dinnerware, jewelry, garden art or whatever else you can imagine. Although the class room atmosphere is friendly and informal you will get the attention and instruction you require to complete projects More info and enroll