I offer Art Classes and workshops throughout the tri-state area at Arts Council of Princeton, Moven Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, Abington Arts Center, and Peters Valley School of American Craft.
March 4th, 201710-4
Hand-dyed Textiles using Stones
Experiment creating texture and visual interest in fabric using rocks, stones, and minerals as resists in silk dyeing and printing on fabric. Join Master silk artist Lian Sawires in a unique exploration of hand-dyeing and printing techniques including stamping, rolling, and streaking, as well as a form of "stone shibori". Stones can be inked and used for mark-making, or tied into cloth to create organic shapes and ghost images. The motifs of stones in design, exploration of rough and smooth and joining rocks and fabric will also be engaged using binding, drawing with resist materials and fabric inks.
BATIK Craft: Crazy Color with Wax Dyeing
March 2, 9 and 16: 6-9pm Abington Arts Center
Using wax as a resist in dyeing cloth is an ancient art and can be done simply (waxing and dyeing) or done with a more complex result in mind. This class with Master Fiber Artist Lian Sawires will explore planning, waxing, dyeing and repeating the process to produce complex, multi-layer artworks, rich in color and visual texture. Over 3 Thursday evenings you will develop and produce one painting, two scarves, as well as quite a few samples pieces, gaining lots of technique with waxing (including crackle, lining, shading and overwaxing) color theory for over-dyeing, as well as an Indonesian technique for complex marble-look batiks. Bring in an idea for a design in 3 colors and be ready to take your batik work to the next level.
Class filled (look for a repeat of this class in the summer schedule)
HOT TEXTILES Workshop
Saturday March 18th Arts Council of Princeton (to be posted on ACP site soon)
Interested in form, layering, texture, color and distressed materials? Work with Master Fiber Artist Lian Sawires, exploring the fascinating techniques of using heat guns, irons, soldering tools, paints and dyes to cut, shape and distress recycled materials and synthetic fabrics, producing stunning, unpredictable results. You will learn how to build structure with tyvek and bondable webs, texture with foils and plastics, synthetic organza and more, add rich color with disburse dyes, metallics, transfer paints and embossing powders, creating layered paintings, beads, vessels and free-standing forms. Dive into working both large and small. You will end with knowledge of hot textile tools and materials, and samples to inform future work, as well as several great pieces (fabric collage, beads and vessels). A wonderful starting point for working with these innovative materials and tools! Beginner and up. .
Modern Shibori & Dyeing Intensive
Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Abington Arts Center
April 6-20 (3 wks)
Ancient art form meets modern aesthetic in this intensive Shibori hand dyeing and surface design workshop. The class will focus on blending traditional and modern techniques to create a truly unique textile art. Master fiber artist Lian Sawires will combine five Shibori resist methods (winding, knotting, and folding) as well as tray-dyeing to create texture and patterns. Henna, acid dyes and Procion dyes will be explored as they interact differently with fabric, allowing you to achieve interesting and complex results. Overdyeing (using color theory), discharging and dye blending take you to the next level artistically. You will produce a dyeing and patterning workbook, as well as samples and 6+ finished pieces. Bring your own fabric, in addition to what will be provided, for a more personalized creative experience. Beginners and Advanced students welcome. Materials fee $45, paid to instructor. No prior experience needed.
Natural Indigo Dyeing and Batik
Saturday, April 29th 10:00am-4:30pm
All experience levels
Why not treat yourself to a fun, ancient art experience-namely indigo dyeing in the great outdoors. This spring, weather permitting, we´ll get out the pails and the hose and do indigo dyeing outside at the beautiful carriage house of Moven Museum in Princeton. Learn about the mysterious dye-stuff and other natural dyes, do some binding and winding with natural resists to create amazing patterned, bright blue and white fabrics! Soy wax batik will also be taught in conjunction with Indigo dyeing, giving you a range of skills to create traditional, ethnic batiks, as well as modern, edgy designs. Everything is provided including samples, handouts, 2 silk scarves and a cotton Tee that you will dye and take home. Bring in your own undyed fabrics to play with, as well. 35.00 material fee payable to instructor. Please note this workshop takes place at Morven [55 Stockton Street in Princeton]. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; for more information and to register, please visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org For more information on Morven Museum & Garden, visit http://morven.org/. Member rates apply to current members of either organization. Register here: http://classes.artscouncilofprinceton.org/class-detail.php?id=CLA04005695&html=1
Location: Morven Museum, Princeton, NJ
Modern Silk Dyeing and Scarf-Making Workshop
Tuesday, May 23, 6-9 PM
Ambler Art Center
Artistically dyed clothing and scarves are everywhere this year. Why not experience the process hands-on? The ancient art forms of Japanese Patterning (Shibori) and hand dyeing combine with today’s modern esthetic in a half-day workshop.
You will create 3 stunning or edgy silk scarves, learn silk dyeing methods, pleating, and 4 patterning surface designs, blending traditional and modern techniques to synthesize a truly unique textile art. Spring is here, gift yourself. No prior experience needed. What you create will amaze you! Register here: http://www.artcenteratambler.org/
Shibori Hand Dyeing and Beyond - 5 day intensive
Peters Valley School of American Craft
This traditional Japanese art of mechanically patterning cloth before dyeing results in wonderful layers of design that can be combined, overdyed and discharged. This intensive Shibori hand dyeing and surface design workshop is focused on blending traditional and modern techniques to synthesize a truly unique textile art. Learn by combining eight Shibori resist methods (winding, knotting, stitching and folding) to create texture and patterns, while exploring four unique types of dyeing. Henna, indigo, acid dyes and Procion dyes all interact differently with fabric, allowing you to achieve interesting and complex results. Overdyeing (using color theory), discharging and dye blending take you to the next level artistically, resulting in an expansive surface design palette. Some printing and hand coloring will also be included. Beginners and advanced textile artists alike will both find a wealth of inspiration and creative possibilities. You will produce a dyeing and patterning workbook, as well as samples, and 7+ finished pieces. Creating and exploring your own artistic themes is encouraged, as well as pushing the boundaries of technique within a supportive structure. Register here: http://www.petersvalleyworkshops.bigcartel.com/product/modern-shibori-hand-dyeing-design-intensive
Batik Flower Painting: Learn through Doing
All Levels, Jun 12 - Jun 14
Arts Council of Princeton
Workshop takes place three consecutive evenings 6/12, 6/13 and 6/14 Monday to Weds.
Using wax as a resist in dyeing cloth is an ancient art and can be done simply (waxing and dyeing) or done with a more complex result in mind. This class with Master Fiber Artist Lian Sawires will explore planning, waxing, dyeing and repeating the process to produce complex, multi-layer artwork, rich in color and visual texture. We will use a flower design (mine or one of yours) to guide you through developing the understanding and techniques to create wonderful colorful batiks. Over 3 evenings you will develop and produce one painting, 2 scarves, as well as a few samples pieces, gaining lots of technique with waxing (including crackle, lining, shading and over-waxing) and color theory for over-dyeing. Bring in a photo or drawing of a flower with lots of contrast. and be ready to take your batik work to the next level .
Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
Modern Shibori and Dyeing Workshop
All Levels Sat., June 17th
Ancient art form meets modern aesthetic in this Shibori hand dyeing workshop focused on blending traditional and modern techniques to synthesize a truly unique textile art. Work with master fiber artist Lian Sawires in adapting 5 shibori resist methods to create texture and patterns, while exploring 2 unique types of dyeing. Henna and acid dyes interact differently with fabric, allowing you to achieve interesting and complex results. Overdyeing, discharging and dye blending take you to the next level resulting in a virtually unlimited surface design palette. Beginners and advanced textile artists will both find a wealth of inspiration and creative possibility in this full day shibori intensive. Bring a lunch and your own fabrics to add to the three silk scarves we will provide. What you create will amaze you! $35.00 material fee payable directly to the instructor. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; for more information and to register, please visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. Membership rate applies to current members of either organization.
Location: Pennington Waterdshed
Creative Journey Textiles- Developing Original Designs
Take a creative journey with Master Artisan Lian Sawires and discover how to create and use your own designs, resulting in a book of incredible motifs for textiles and stunning unique textile pieces. Through quick creative exercises exploring shape, form and color, and the techniques of transfer-dying and surface design, you will build print blocks and isolate patterns while developing your own graphic style. Textiles are a great tool for this adventure, because the learning curve is short, the results immediate and interesting, so that you can focus on your reactions, preferences and inclinations. Take homes will include some nice fabric pieces, samples, notes, handmade stamps and a book of original designs—a tool you will use again and again in any medium. Level: beginning to advances in any art form. All supplies included