Upcoming Fiber Arts Classes

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Fiber Arts Department

Merridee Smith

Merridee Smith

Merridee Smith

Merridee Smith

Instructor: Merridee Smith

May 24–26, 2019 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE! Please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar to register for this class.
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


We will discuss the production of botanical prints on silk and wool, including the use of simple mordants and ways to place, roll and tie the samples into bundles. We will steam or simmer the bundles to make the prints, then have the pleasure of opening them and seeing the magic! We will practice on silk and wool scarves before printing our felted shawls. If time allows, participants can print their own silk and wool items. Stunning botanical prints with beautiful color subtleties and patterns are our goal!

This three-day workshop will be a fun and intensive introduction to nuno felting and botanical printing. On the first day, we will use a wet felting method to fuse silk to extra fine Merino wool. The focus will be on making lovely scarves that are fine, lightweight and drapable, but that are also strong. Over the next two days, we will learn how to embellish the felted scarves with botanical prints. Lovely prints can be produced on silk and wool using plant materials found growing in our forests and back yards. While this subject can be happily explored at length, this class is an introduction to botanical printing on protein fibers such as silk and wool.


"I love fiber arts – the history, beauty, tactile quality, variety, and the common thread that links my hands to those of so many in the past! I was trained as a chemist, but I am also enthralled with fiber and plants. These combined interests have resulted in my second career in fiber arts: silk painting, botanical printing and feltmaking. My work with botanical printing allows me to walk outside to collect leaves, bark, roots, and flowers, process them on my textiles, and obtain lovely prints. I literally bring the outdoors inside. It is so satisfying to use the natural materials around us (and a little chemistry) to create beautiful cloth! As a feltmaker, 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. My work – paintings, botanical prints and felted pieces – are inspired by the beauty just outside my door in the Sierra Nevada foothills."

— Merridee Smith

Merridee has studied silk painting, rozome, batik, botanical printing and felt making from artists as far away as Japan, Indonesia, Israel and Germany. Her work has been shown in galleries in Northern California, the East Coast and Kauai. She was thrilled to have had her silk paintings displayed twice in shows sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. Examples of her work can be seen in Susan Louise Moyer’s book, Silk Painting for Fine Art and Fashion. She was honored to have been designated a Master Silk Painter by her peers in Silk Painters International.

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

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Instructor materials fee: $55 (see materials list for included materials)

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