Number of Lessons: 5
Price: US$ 50.00
Tutor: Elizabeth Barton
Start Date: 2 June 2017
Weeks Open: 7.5
Highlight: This class is stuffed with exercises for designing many different kinds of abstract quilts… plus a great introduction to the wonderful abstract paintings of female painters so often overlooked. You will end up with enough designs for a whole year of quiltmaking!
Have you ever wanted to be an abstract artist? Let’s explore twentieth and twenty-first century abstract art to gain an understanding of the design processes and the artist’s intentions that lie beneath the work. In this workshop, Elizabeth will show you how to make many different abstract designs suitable for quilts. In evaluating the designs for strengths and weaknesses, you will put design principles to good use and thus gain a deeper practical understanding of them. Elizabeth's aim is to show you how to apply the knowledge that artists have gained over the centuries to art quilts with solid, practical examples. She will also explain how to use value and color to make your quilts exciting and dynamic. All levels are welcome - designs can be simple or complex - though some sewing experience will be very helpful.
Access to the internet.
Pictures, photos, sketches are all inspiration for design.
Make a notebook of any interesting pictures or ideas you come across – start collecting! These can be abstract paintings, designs on floors or walls or t shirts, ideas in advertisements, photographs of strange objects in the tool shed – anything!
Plain paper (white) for sketches and notes. (at least 50 pages).
Sheet of ordinary brown wrapping paper.
Sheet of black construction paper.
Colored papers (from glossy magazine images) – torn out pages are fine!
White chalk pencil: General’s charcoal (white) is available in most art stores.
Ruler, pen, pencil. Pencil sharpener.
Glue (any kind, school glue, glue stick, tape etc).
A light grey, a medium or dark grey and a black felt tip pen for value studies. (if you cannot get grey then look for light brown, medium brown, and dark brown).
Camera (cell phone is fine).
Your usual fabric collection.
Batting and backing fabric.
Rotary cutter, board, rotary ruler guides, spare blade – or scissors.
Marking pencil (White Charcoal is good, most art supply stores carry it) (or silver) for marking fabric for cutting.
Usual sewing supplies: thread, needles, pins, scissors.
Optional: Freezer paper (only if you prefer to make templates).
Optional: fusing stuff – if you are a fuser!
Sewing machine in good working order.