Tuesday, August 16, 2011


The final project for the Crafts class was to design and print cotton fabric that would then be made into quilt faces.  Wild designs made for beautiful textiles!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


If you are going to go to the effort to design and sew a quilt you may as well dye your own cloth.

Procion MX dyes can be applied in paste form to prepared cloth
Students carved their own stamps....
and even printed one-off monoprints onto cotton.
Here are sets of textiles that will be turned into artists quilts.
Now the next challenge is composition.  Fortunately we had some inspiration from Karen Schultz's exhibition at Blackrock Arts Center.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Six :Field trip to BlackRock Arts Center.

Field trip to BlackRock Arts Center. Please note that I am going back to these older blog posts in order to re-enter photos that were taken off!
Our second field trip took us north to Germantown, MD to the Blackrock Arts Center to see the recently opened exhibition of quilts by Silver Spring artist, Karen Schulz.  Students are carefully examining her techniques and the structure of this particular work.

There was a great deal of discussion about how she dyed and pieced her fabrics and also how stitching added emphasis to the designs.

My favorite series are the peaches ripening on a screened porch , evidently a memory from her childhood.

We learned a lot as we move into art quilts and surface design on fabric.