class descriptions

New Materials, New Techniques  Part I

New Materials, New Techniques Pt. I

DATES: February 7, 8, 9, 2020

TIME:  Friday 12pm - 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am - 4pm
COST: $350 plus material fee $25.   Material fee includes creative exercise materials & some of the materials used to make samplers.
LOCATION: Studio 201 – 1610 Clark Drive, Vancouver

When I work my goal is to find ways to create a seamless and meaningful integration of non traditional elements with the hand hook surface and the narrative.  For more than a decade I've been exploring ways that subject, form and content can be enhanced and altered when new materials and techniques are introduced. This 3-day class is inspired by this experimentation.

 

Each day starts with a short theme based digital presentation followed by a creative paper-based exercise with the intention to consider design and the creative process in new and unexpected ways.  Late mornings I will demonstrate techniques and then you will begin your own experimentation based on the technique(s) demonstrated. There will be lots of time for you to experiment and work independently.  You will be encouraged to discuss and share your work and process with your fellow students.  Registration begins September 10.   Spaces still available.

Please  contact me to register.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have.  

In this exploratory class you will:

  1. use creative and technical processes to explore design, technique, and materials in a 2-d format  

  2. start each morning with a digital presentation based on a theme

  3. engage in a series of paper-based exercises designed to stimulate new ways of thinking about the design process

  4. create a design board and use it to draw inspiration for your work in this class

  5. be a contributing member during group discussions about the creative process 

  6. observe instructor demos

  7. discover which techniques and materials are applied in a structured format and which ones are applied and evolve through organic exploration

  8. explore how to seamlessly integrate your materials and techniques in your work

  9. engage in group discussions about how to use layering, overlapping, repetition, rhythm, and mark making to enhance your making process and narrative

  10. find that there is lots of time for hands on experimentation
     

When you complete the class you will take with you a set of skills that are easily transferable to your own work along with paper based samples, textile based samples, and print resources. 

NEW!  New Materials, New Techniques Part 2

DATES: TBA

TIME:  Friday 12pm - 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am - 4pm
COST: $350 plus material fee $25 (taxes included).
LOCATION: Studio 201 – 1610 Clark Drive, Vancouver

This NEW class is for hand hooking artists who have taken the New Materials, New Techniques Part 1 class.  What makes Part 2 different is the increased level of experimentation.  You’ll be introduced to a range of new materials and techniques with an emphasis on attachments and altering a two-dimensional form into a three-dimensional one.  You will also learn the technique I use to install zippers into my work.  Some prep is required.

Please  contact me to register.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have.  

 

In this exploratory class you will:

  1. use creative and technical processes to explore design, technique, and materials in 2 and 3-d formats  

  2. start each morning with a digital presentation based on a theme

  3. engage in a paper-based exercise designed to stimulate new ways of thinking about the design process

  4. create a design board and use it to draw inspiration for your work in this class

  5. be a contributing member during group discussions about the creative process 

  6. observe instructor demos

  7. discover which techniques and materials are applied in a structured format and which ones are applied and evolve through organic exploration

  8. explore how to seamlessly integrate your materials and techniques in your work

  9. engage in group discussions about how to use layering, overlapping, repetition, rhythm, and mark making to enhance your making process and narrative

  10. find that there is lots of time for hands on experimentation

 

When you complete the class you will take with you a set of skills that are easily transferable to your own work along with paper based samples, textile based samples, and print resources. 

 

Materials you will work with in this class:  wool fleece, roving & yarns, silk, fabrics, leather, metal, beads, object, embroidery floss, zippers. 
 

Techniques you will explore:  needle felt wool & silk, hand stitch, applique, some leatherwork, installing grommets and zippers, building small 3-d objects .

 

Please note preparation is required.  You will need to bring a hand hooked surface approx. 24” x 12”, edges unfinished, that you can cut up and reverse hook.  It can also be an old piece of hooking.  Keep it very simple, nothing detailed.  If possible keep it to a couple of colours.  Use whatever material you want, again keep it simple, it can be wool fabric strips, t-shirts, yarn, stockings.  The width of the strips for the purpose of this workshop need to be ¼” or smaller.

Back to Basics: Intro to Rug Hooking

DATE: January 12, 2020 (This class is full.)
TIME: 10am - 3pm (Sunday)
COST: $105 plus material fee $50 (taxes included).  Material fee includes hoop, hook, backing, materials.
LOCATION: Studio 201 - 1610 Clark Drive, Vancouver

DATE: January 11, 2020  - FULL (This class is full.)

TIME: 10am – 3pm (Saturday)
COST: $105 plus material fee $50 (taxes included).  Material fee includes hoop, hook, backing, materials.
LOCATION: Studio 201 – 1610 Clark Drive, Vancouver

BACK TO BASICS is a great way to check out a new hand craft, kinda like dipping your toe in the water without having to put on your swimsuit and fully submerge.  After twenty years I still love  teaching this class – I learn something new every time from my students!  This one-day class is for anyone who wants to learn how to make functional hand hooked rugs for the floor.  It’s also a good class if you who want to brush up on your basic technique.   

 

In this one-day class you’ll make a small sampler and try out a few different materials, and learn the traditional technique used to make a functional hand hooked rug.  You’ll be using a rug hook to pull fabric strips up through a loose weave linen backing to create a versatile loop pile.  I will also demonstrate how to create a durable finish for the edges of a rug.   We will talk about the different types of materials you can use and where to get them.   

This class can be the starting point for designing and  making functional pieces or the inspiration for a  more indepth exploration of materials and techniques.   You may want to sign up for the five session OPEN class which begins January 15. 

Please  contact me to register.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have.  

Note, you will NOT be learning how to punch needle or latch hook in this class. 

NEW!! Open Class

DATES: January 15, February 19, March 18, April 15, May 20, 2020 

TIME: 6:00-9:00pm (Wednesday nights)
COST: $275 (taxes included)
LOCATION: Studio 201 – 1610 Clark Drive, Vancouver

In this five-session class you set the pace and select your own hand hooked project.  I will help you with design, colour planning, how to transfer your design, the creative process, techniques, selecting materials, dyeing, and finishing for both the floor and the wall.  You may be working on a new design or have a piece that is already a work in progress, you choose.  Registration begins September 10.   Spaces still available.

Please contact me to register.   I am happy to answer any questions you may have.