Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Upcoming classes for textile and fibre arts enthusiasts at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning! Please come enjoy two fun-filled evenings with area friends and newcomers to the hand made felt and Indigo Dye esign-play arts.



Wet Felted Art Workshop with Bethany Garner

Thursday, October 24th 6-9pm
 Creating cloth with your hands is one of the most satisfying activities an artist can experience!
In this workshop, students will receive an individual kit of colourful wool roving and miscellaneous yarn fibres that will be used to create an original piece of wet felted art cloth. The process is hands-on, fun and EASY! Everyone will go home with a starting point for creating hand made felt on their own, experimenting and growing their skills as they PLAY!
The handmade felted cloth can be used for various projects including scarves, vessels, wall art, table accessories, a base for embroidery and more. Please bring a plastic container or bag to bring your project home. Ages 16+
 * Wet Felting Kit included.
* A comprehensive workshop handout is provided.
Where: Activity Room, 1st Floor, Room 108
Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning, 370 King Street West

Indigo Dye Workshop - For the love of Blue!

 When: Thursday, November 14th, 6-9pm
Artist: Bethany Garner
Bethany's sold-out class is back! In this 3 hour workshop, you will discover the magic of indigo dyeing as our "For the Love of Blue" Artist Instructor takes you on a journey you will love to continue at home. 
This class is designed to share multiple techniques that delight and stimulate creativity and result in a beautiful collection of hand-dyed fabric samples for you to work with after class. Everyone welcome.
Students learn about fabric preparation, stitching, clamping, and wrapping techniques. Enjoy instructor-led demonstrations and free time to create! The Workshop focuses in on ‘easy to use at home’, studio bucket dyeing methods that everyone can use and take away for further exploration as they develop their new skills.
* Dye materials included in class fee.
* A comprehensive workshop handout folder is provided.
* 1 M. of 100% Cotton, prepared for dyeing Sample Cloth included.
* Please bring a large container to take home wet papers/fabrics.
* Students are welcome to bring their own PRE-WASHED fabrics/yarns/threads. (Important for best results)
* Students may also purchase additional yardage of prepared cloth for $10 per metre, cash. (Provided yardage is pre-ordered through the Instructor at garner@kingston.net at least a week before class)
* Please bring a plastic container to take your wet projects home.
 Where: Activity Room, 1st Floor
Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning, 370 King Street West

Hope to see you there... bring a friend or two. Always great evenings filled with fun and very special projects to take home!
Bethany

Monday, June 10, 2019

Registration is OPEN and the seats are beginning to fill... so choose some time between August 19 and 23rd and come play at FIBRE FOCUS Arts Camp at the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall

Hi Everyone... 


 August 19-23rd
a FULL WEEK  RETREAT JUST FOR YOU! 



Fiber FOCUS Arts Camp - "MAKE ART TOGETHER" Gathering,
Five Days (or just pick and choose when you can join us!) 
August 19-23rd (in lieu of 'Colour on Cloth' at SLC this year)
at the Odessa Fairgrounds, Odessa ON

Classroom/ Hall and grounds space for outdoor work at the Fairgrounds Hall 
open 9:30 - 5 pm, Monday through Friday  

Choose YOUR own calendar of favourite projects and come for one day, two, three, four or definitely - all five days.   

Detailed information and registration form available by email to garner@kingston.net and the notification to the public will be posting to:
www.betrhanygarner.blogspot.com 
and here at www.fibreworkskingston.blogspot.ca

Fees: $190.00 for the full week covers your 5-day attendance, classroom table space and handouts, some workshop supplies and Instructor sharing 9-11 every morning. 

Supplies lists will be provided with paid registration.

(or plan your own workshop schedule: with YOUR choice of dates to attend: $50 for one day, $80 for two days, $110 for three, and $150 for four). 

Monday, August 19:  

Created by the amazing Heather Pregger and isn't this a perfect candidate for dyeing BRILLIANT colors...


DYE DAY -  

The 'gallons' of dye (16) appear and the workshop day is devoted to on YOU and creating a palette of color that will carry you through the next year of work. 

EVERYONE loves a dye day - so whether you enjoy flat dyeing, dye painting, colors on your favorite yarns and threads or hand painting garments like shirts and pants and jackets... this is your day to start a summer of sewing fun with your own hand-dyed fabrics!


Note: The gallons of dyes will be available all week, through Friday and refreshed as needed.


Tuesday, August 20:  

DESIGN PLAY with COLOUR ON CLOTH  
Making MARKS

Developing your own designs on the cloth of your choice including fabric painting and Thermo Fax/Screen-print work with thickened dyes. The use of various inks for monoprints and marking tools will be covered in this class. OR, make your marks on cloth with simply stitch if you are keen to use hand or machine skills to make YOUR OWN marks - I love the simplicity of the LINE  Some screens and the dyes and inks I use will be in the classroom for sample making... bring your own!

Create unique new cloth inventories and individual designs to accelerate your design play going into 2020. Details shared with all registered students.






Wednesday, August 21: 

ECO PRINTING - Learn this playful take on "making your own mark" using what you find in the local area (bring your own selection of leaves and 'found' natural plant life). Participants will supply their own wool, silk or linen for print work. 

Bethany will have silk scarves/some yardage available for purchase as your base. Details will be sent to all registered students.


LIMESTONE WALL by Bethany Garner - eco prinedt on 100% cotton with iron and alum mordant


Love adding your own STITCHES on an eco print cloth even more than just the plain cloth!
                  

 The beautiful print immediately above was "made by Barb" and you should check out her beautiful work at www.madebybarb.com/2019/06/09/why-i-love-love-love-eco-printing/

Odessa Hall has a wonderful kitchen with three full-size ranges for working with eco printing using boiled pots of plant life... students are encouraged to come and play with this technique and bring their own pots and hot plates to use outside - several areas on the Odessa Fairgrounds to PLUGIN!! 

I promise great fun and using what you have and find!!


Thursday, August 22:

MODERN QUILT DAY - and you create a Modern Quilt design
'HERE AND THERE' 

This quilt pattern is a Denise Schmidt design and my choice of a special bed quilt for my granddaughter to take off to University. 
My own version is underway and will be ready for your viewing and a MAKE IT DAY to get your own version started at Odessa... SIMPLE and GRAPHIC and a terrific way to use up those amazing fat quarters you have stashed away, or perhaps some hand dyed cloth you made earlier in the week!

Come Sew along with me as you create a wonderful 'Stash breaker' Modern Quilt design from Denyse Schmidt Studios  (Photo Below) and designed for every level of quilter. 

Create a wall quilt, or start on a bed quilt that will take your machine and stash into a summer day or two of fun stitching and creative design play... purchased pattern provided for table runner, baby or bed size project with paid registration.

         






Friday, August 23, 2019

IMPROV ART DAY: Paint it, Dye It, Piece it  
As we wind up the week, and some of you continue to use the facility for your own work, I will be playing with participants as they create all new work (and yes, our quilters will still be working away on their projects if they stay for the week or book a second day to continue to play on 'Here and There') .

Pieced with abandon....
Enjoy this day with me as I walk you through creating your own individual IMPROVISATIONAL ARTWORK, inspired by a favorite quilt you have seen along the way, or to use up your favorite fabrics that are haunting you as they sit on a shelf!

Creating YOUR OWN designs in art play make quilt making fun!  Use up some hand-dyed fabrics or bring some of that stash that is haunting you in closets and drawers... 

YOUR ideas and stash will underline the path you take on this fun day of cutting, stitching and maybe even finishing a new piece of artwork! COME PLAY!

ANN BAUER work with strips and squares - simplicity to celebrate!
MARKINGS II by Bethany Garner, IMPROV piecing with hand dyed and printed cloth

Your Registration form to mail is on the right sidebar here at the blog...copy and print to mail with your payment.

Drop me a note and let me know if you will be joining me at ODESSA FAIRGROUNDS in August... then pop off a cheque to secure your seat 

or send along an e-transfer to garner@kingston.net

Questions to me at bethanygarner.art@gmail.com




HAVE A GREAT SUMMER... Hope to see some of you at Quilt Canada in Ottawa this next week! I will be there touring the shows and in the SAQA booth Thursday and Friday.


Bethany

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Wet Felted Art Workshop with Bethany Garner

Saturday, June 15th 1-4pm
Register at:
Creating cloth with your hands is one of the most satisfying activities an artist can experience! In this workshop, students will receive an individual kit of colourful wool roving and miscellaneous yarn fibres that will be used to create an original piece of wet felted art cloth. The process is hands-on, fun and EASY! Everyone will go home with a starting point for creating hand made felt on their own, experimenting and growing their skills as they PLAY!
Handmade felted cloth can be used for various projects including scarves, vessels, wall art, table accessories, a base for embroidery and more.
Wet Felting Kit included.
Where: Activity Room, 1st Floor
Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning, 370 King Street West

INSTRUCTOR BIO – BETHANY GARNER

Bethany Garner has been designing and making quilts since 1976. She is a seasoned contemporary artist, traditional quilter, Restoration Specialist, Quilt Conservator, and is a Professor of Textile Design at St. Lawrence College, Kingston. She has inspired her students to take chances, try new things, and explore their favourite techniques in the classroom and at home.
Bethany has been sharing her favourite techniques in the classrooms since 1996, and brings her students a number of mixed-media, and cloth based colouring workshops based on the application of easy to use Procion MX Dyes, acrylic paints, inks, and silk paints for cloth, fibres and threads. Bethany’s courses are technique based, fun and developed to ensure that every student is accepted and feels included, supported and making their way forward on their own creative path.
Bethany served as a member and Board Secretary for the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning from 2015 to 2018. She is a Past Co-President of the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners and is a member of the Kingston Fibre and Fabric Cooperative, the Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild and the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners. She is a past president of the Canadian Quilters Association/ACC and was honored as the CQA/ACC Teacher of the Year in 2011.
Bethany has recently served Studio Art Quilt Associates, an International Art Quilts organization with 3400 members worldwide and has served as their Central Canada Regional Representative. Beth was selected as Curator for the first major SAQA Exhibition coming to Canada, and she is active within the Surface Design Association. She also enjoys her active membership with both the Kingston Fibre Artists, Quinte Fibre Artists, and CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists groups in Ontario. She exhibits her work across Canada and the US, often in gallery settings and with group/Association exhibitions.
Her work is in private and corporate collections across Canada and the US. She enjoys sharing her work in group and solo exhibitions when opportunities present.
Bethany travels and teaches for Quilt Guilds, shops, and women's groups by invitation. She is the Owner and Managing Co-ordinator for the FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Weekend Workshops Series which has brought the very best of the best Fibre Arts Educators to Canada since 1979.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Kingston Fibre Artists 
cordially invite you to attend Art Threads 2019
from 
April 8th until May 5th

Show takes place at the Tett Centre for Learning and Creativity located at 370 King St West, Level 1. This is the 22nd annual exhibition for the group and features new work by 17 local artists, including a group challenge featuring fibre art using a favourite quotation as inspiration.
Walk & Talk
Friday April 12 at 10 am

Experience the exhibition with a tour and discussion with some of the artists.
Demonstrations
Friday April 12 from  1-4 pm

Watch some of the artists demonstrate their creative collage; using an air pen; chenille technique; modern embroidery; and using a knitting machine.
Opening Reception

Kingston Food Bank's Sandy Singers
 will open the show at the reception being held on Saturday April 13th from 2pm to 4pm. Food bank donations will be welcome at the reception and for the duration of the show.
Art Threads is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm until the show is taken down Sunday, May 5th at 5:00 pm.

For more information or to arrange a gallery tour for a group,
please contact 
info@kingstonfibreartists.ca


Art Threads is made possible by the generous support of the Ballytobin Foundation.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

REMINDER: for all area quilt and fibre artists - Please join me in submitting YOUR entries to the 2019 GRAND NATIONAL Fibre Art and Quilt Exhibition "STILL" - the deadline is drawing near and this is an outstanding opportunity for our Canadian artists!


The Grand National Committee and the Portage & District Arts Centre invite quilt and fibre artists from across Canada to participate in their 2019 thematic exhibition. 

STILL 
The Grand National is “Still” an entity and the committee challenges you to create a piece using the theme “Still”. 
For example, your piece could celebrate the longevity of a place, event or idea; demonstrate the ability of an object to be motionless; slice out a millisecond of time in which a continuously moving object can be viewed as frozen in time or let your imagination interpret this theme some other way.

Entry Submission Deadline: April 13, 2019

Acceptance Notification by May 14, 2019, Exhibition 

Opens: July 6, 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, July 6, 2019, Show Conclusion: August 10, 

2019 Entry Requirements and Entry Form are available at www.grandnationalquiltshow.ca 

For info: grandnationalexhibition@gmail.com, 250-923-8875


Entry Requirements pdf here:

http://www.grandnationalquiltshow.ca/Grand%20National%202019%20Entry%20Requirements.pdf

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Kingston and Belleville Fibre Arts Professionals share their spring exhibitions with the Belleville and Kingston communities with their spring Shows. !

QUINTE FIBRE ARTISTS
 Opening Reception  
Saturday, February 23 
2-4 pm. 
John M. Parrott Library
Belleville Public Library, 3rd floor Gallery
254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

With an invitation from the Quinte Fibre Artists to join them in 2011, a truly wonderful group of friends has become a very important part of my arts filled life. I love being with all of these amazing artists - learning new skills, being inspired by their art and their dedication to the skills they have chosen to feature in their new work.

Please join us for the Opening Receptions or take a drive and enjoy the colours of spring as we mount all new work and share the joy of working with fibre and stitch!





I have been a part of the Kingston Fibre Artists Collective since 1996 and have enjoyed so many wonderful opportunities to share space on gallery walls with the most amazing area fibre arts professionals. Seventeen amazing friends have brought together a collection of all new fibre art that will be featured for the April 8-May 5th period in the Community Gallery of the TETT Centre and welcome your visits. 

Teams of our artists will be present in the Gallery throughout the show to chat with visitors, walk through the exhibition and share some information about the various techniques used in the artwork. and help with the opportunity to arrange for artworks to be purchased.

Friday, April 12th, we will share an "Artist's Walk and Talk" from 10 am to 12 pm. Later that afternoon, a group of four talented artists will share some of their favourite skills during a demonstration scheduled from 1-4 pm. Please plan to join us for either or both events.


 KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS 
Opening Reception
on Saturday, April 13, 2019
2-4 pm
Community Gallery, Tett Centre
370 King Street West
Kingston, ON





Wednesday, January 23, 2019

When a class is cancelled, that leaves time for creating art - so off I go. Heading into my usual piecing frenzy for two great upcoming shows!!!

I have been notified by the TETT Centre that there were few responses to Hand Dyed Roving - it's just the wrong time of year for those who think about hauling home wet fibre at the end of a long cold 'winters day'. So, our February 10th workshop at the TETT Centre is cancelled - but I will continue dyeing here at home like I have been doing several times a month since summer. The cupboard is getting really full of beautiful hand dyed fibres...

AND I have a great stash for the scheduled WET FELTED ART workshop … have a peek and see if your calendar will allow you a chance to come and play along!
 Thursday evening,
 February 26th at the TETT... 
6-9 pm



We will be creating landscapes that can be mounted and shared on canvas or framed and set inside a frame. LOVE small art landscapes in felt!!



Making small landscapes is sooo much fun... and I supply all the wool for the class. Come join me and have some fun!  Layering, wetting, rubbing, layering again - so easy and you can take new skills in any direction you want!

And


When the calendar has openings, that means I can get busy and make ART! The cancelled class at the start of February means I have time for creative play time at my house!  I LOVE that!

The QUINTE FIBRE ARTISTS show is coming fast now, with art work delivery due in Belleville February 16th. 

I hope you will mark your calendar and join us for a visit - this is a grouping of artwork by very talented artists from Picton, Belleville, Tweed and Wellington. (and yes, I am honored to be included as the Kingston area member - so much fun to work with these wonderful women!

 OPENING Reception
 Saturday February 23, 2019 
from 2-4 pm...




Then comes the KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS Show and Sale "ART THREADS" Opening April 8th at the Tett... lots of stitching on the machine and by hand. Loving working with WOOL this winter... what a perfect choice on these cold wet days.

Enjoy these winter days for your own special stitch time... can't wait to see what you have been up to!
Bethany

Monday, January 21, 2019

Hand Dyed Rovings and Wet Felting classes coming during February at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning - Come play!!

I will be providing the sample wool for the dyeing of the roving in the classroom (included in the fee for the class) and you may bring additional wool or alpaca roving for dye work at this 6 hour workshop in the Activity Room at the TETT.

The colouring of wool roving is magical  -as the Dye is simply drawn up and into the fibres of wool and immediately brings visual, excitement and joy to the dyers. The process is simple and not difficult to remember for at home practice following the workshop...

Do look at your calendar and see if Sunday February 10th is open and would allow you the fun of creating a beautiful palette of fibre for your arts projects,,, spinning, weaving and fibre arts.

Hope you will come along and bring a friend!
Bethany




And later in February - we will be playing with WET FELTING at the TETT - Thursday evening, the 26th of 


Learn the basics of creating your own felt for hand made projects including scarves, vessels, base fo embroider and other forms of art... Love to have newbies in class to share in the fun of this creative process... Kits are included in the price - so all you have to do is come and play! 

We will be working on small landscapes in this evening class...

Register online for both courses at the TETT website here: 







FOLLOW-UP...

I LOVED working with a terrific group of fifteen arts students at the TETT Centre this past Thursday evening - and we had the best results ever in a MARBLING CLASS - such great enthusiasm and true arts savvy displayed in the trays of carrageenan as the artists (some who have never created ANY artwork) worked their way through prints on the surface of thickened seaweed and applied the DHARMA TRADING Marbling Paints... Awesome!





Join me at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning for a full day of dye play on Sunday February 10th - all levels of experience welcome. I will be taking Dye Workshop participants through all of the steps for preparing and