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Fiber Arts Department

Debra Dolsberry

Debra Dolsberry

Debra Dolsberry


Instructor: Debra Dolsberry

March 9–11, 2018 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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You may register online until two weeks prior to the class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This workshop teaches silk painting using transparent dyes, Resistad and other water-soluble resists. Working with the primaries magenta, yellow, blue, plus black, students will explore color theory as they learn to mix transparent color both on and off the silk. Painting techniques of layering transparent colors over other transparent colors will be demonstrated. Additional techniques using water, alcohol and a variety of salts will be used to create texture. In this beginning-intermediate workshop, students will be guided in drawing with linear resist to create foregrounds and backgrounds with dye painting. We will create a scarf design by using a botanical motif such as the ginkgo leaf. Students will learn methods of how to set the color so that it is permanent. In class we use a dye-set concentrate and discuss alternative methods of setting the dye.


DEBRA DOLSBERRY pursues silk painting as her late-in-life career. Her silk motifs are largely drawn from nature and she often uses tropical themes such as hibiscus, plumeria, banana leaf and monstera in her work, with her favorite being the ginkgo leaf where she often experiments with color. She develops her own bias cut garment patterns as well as using Carter Smith’s wonderful bias cut jacket and dress patterns. She designs the motif; hand paints and sews each garment herself. She teaches classes in her studio as well as in art centers in the Western US and sells her hand painted silks independently and through boutiques in Hawaii.

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Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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