Upcoming Fiber Arts Classes
Fiber Arts Department
Instructor: Merridee Smith
Day 1 of this workshop we will focus on wool and silk fibers using ferrous sulfate (rust) and/or alum as mordants and on Days 2 and 3 we will shift our focus to Cellulose fibers which are not as receptive to dyeing with natural materials as are protein fibers, therefore, additional preparation steps must be taken to obtain good results.
For all fibers, participants will learn ways to place, roll and tie the samples into bundles. They will steam or simmer the bundles to make the prints, then have the pleasure of opening them and seeing the magic! Participants will have the opportunity to practice the techniques and experiment with different plant materials, then they will print a scarf, shawl, or other items of their choice, perhaps a simple cotton shirt or an item from a thrift shop. Stunning botanical prints with beautiful color subtleties and patterns are our goal. We will discuss scouring to prepare the fabric, and different ways to mordant the fabrics to get the dyes to adhere to the fabric!
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
As a silk painter, Merridee’s particular passion is painting flowers. She finds silk painting is an excellent medium for capturing the colors, patterns and iridescence of flowers. She has been designated a Distinguished Silk Artist by her peers in Silk Painters International. “As a felt maker, I am thrilled with the tactile quality of the wool and other fibers, and love that felt making is an ancient and very usable medium,” Merridee says. “I enjoy combining natural printing and dyeing with silk painting, batik, shibori and felting.”
Merridee works at the Old Library Art Studios (OLAS) in Auburn, California. Her work can be seen in the Auburn Old Town Gallery and in the Big Island Glass Gallery in Honokaa, Hawaii. Examples of her work can be seen in Susan Louise Moyer’s book, Silk Painting for Fashion and Fine Art.
TUITION & FEES
There is a registration fee of $25 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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