Friday, June 17, 2022

 


INDIGO DYEING and ARTWORK CREATIVITY

Together Again... "FOR THE LOVE OF BLUE"

Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, 370 King St. West, Kingston, ON

JULY 30 and 31st, 9:30 am to 5 pm 

( Saturday and Sunday, two full play days)

Our beautiful Arts Hub welcomes you to enjoy time in our Activity Room/Half Gallery

with rooms on Level One, ground level near the Juniper Cafe (for your lunches if you like)

Registration link below:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/indigo-for-the-love-of-blue-a-retreat-weekend-tickets-368659168497

I am busy these summer days preparing to share my two-day Indigo Dye Play Retreat Workshop at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. Our Centre is steps away from the Lake Ontario Waterfront shoreline and is certainly an inspiration for students coming to enjoy learning and creating with our Resident Artists and instructors.

I have planned a fun-filled opportunity for you to come and enjoy an opportunity to learn about working with friends in our Community of Fibre Artists and those who are learning the art of creating with Natural Dyes (we will be using Jacquard Natural Indigo in this workshop weekend).

Mark your calendars and visit the Eventbrite link above to join me for these two days as our students will dye their pre-scoured cloth (2 metres of the beautiful white cotton lawn I use in all of my dyeing work will be provided to each student) or yarns of their choice with INDIGO dye the first day. 

On Day Two, students will enjoy time and space for creating new artwork at their own tables and with their cloth or yarns that were created on day one. A supplies list for what you need to bring for the workshop weekend will be supplied with confirmed registration. Sewing machines and related accessories including rotary cutting tools, scissors, and threads are needed. (or stitch by hand - your choice)

Hope you will join me as we share two great creative days together... dye play is exciting and learning the many various techniques for folding, clamping, tying, and stitching designs for your samples. The fun of dipping your cloth into the dye vats is a valuable skill. 

On Day Two, we will find students creating a new piece of their own original artwork... or perhaps a small garment or other items like Jornal covers, home decor items of your choice.

Seats are LIMITED to 10 participants and so, please don't wait! Do contact me with questions and I look forward to seeing YOU soon.

Bethany

Contact link for questions : www.bethanygarner.com






Sunday, June 5, 2022

 NOTE: A Special thank you to everyone who registered - Our Fibre Arts Summer Retreat is FULL... I am so excited to see our students!

Please do enjoy a two day with me focusing on INDIGO DYEING July 30 and 31st if you can! See my post from June 16th for details.

(Note the beautiful Inspiration in the red FINE ART quilt by SAQA Artist Heather Pregger above)

Hi everyone…

 INSPIRATION happens when everyone in a classroom is up for just some design play that has no rules and offers them the chance to create as they go... sharing, caring, and trying new things, open to improvisation and either the hand or by machine... what could be better!.  

The plans are underway for our Tett Centre  7-day FIBRE ARTS CAMP Retreat in late July, and it is to be the celebrated "return to almost normal" workshop series to be launched in late July!

INSPIRATION: A FIBRE ARTS RETREAT... 

Scheduled at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning the week of July 25-31st : (Check your calendar as only 12 seats are available)


Register on Eventbrite today!

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inspiration-a-fibre-art-retreat5-days-of-workshops-focused-on-textiles-tickets-357496300057

The Retreat plans include my Hosting/Instruction over five days of sharing five days of different technique classes and a SPECIAL two-day INDIGO Dyeing Party the last two days... and these FIVE DAYS are open to everyone who loves experimental art classes, sharing what we all love the most about fibre art with friends and focused play with various play time cloth activities ... no pre-requisites. 

We will start with a full day of  FLAT DYEING (Monday), followed by Mark Making/Print work (Tuesday), Natural Dyes, Rust and Eco-printing (on Wednesday), Wet/Embellisher felting/ demos, and Hand Stitching (Thursday), and we will create an Improvisational, Original Art Quilt (Friday). 

I will start each day with the demo of the slated techniques during the week, with the goal to get you excited about using all new and some of our fibre art friends' favourite techniques ... including overlays of dyed cheesecloth, embellishing machine accents (I would love you to bring your embellishing machine - time to get them going again!), exploration of yarn inserts, and yes, all the thread and needle play I can convince you to bring together with your imagination...

On the 30th and 31st of July, we will have a separate event: INDIGO DYE WORK

A separate Registration will be on EVENTBRITE for the weekend event… or add it into your plans for all 7 days!

SUMMER CAMP Rocks!!!

TWO Indigo Dye Days - one day for the dye play and the second for creating your own artwork with samples of the cloth you dye...

Everyone, regardless of experience, is welcome at my 2022 Fibre Arts Camp... and you have every chance to take new steps toward art play or just time to be with friends and learn from each other!

Lots of room in the classrooms will include our use of the Activity Room and 1/2 of the TETT Art Gallery space on the ground level... and parking is available nearby...

Distance participants could stay with friends or drive back and forth if close by or living in the County... but there are many Hotels (and I suggest the "summer accommodations"  at the very close by St. Lawrence College Dorms...).

 So if summer days allow, consider a drive to Lake Ontario's Beautiful TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning and join me for 7 wonderful days if possible, or at least 5!

Cheers,

Bethany

 Contact: bethanygarner.art[at]gmail.com   or 613-893-0529 for mobile calls/messages/texts

( I have a pdf that I can send you with more information about each day's project work if you email me, and the Course Student Supplies lists will be provided to registrants after I have received news from Eventbrite.)








Thursday, February 24, 2022

 

KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS
 Please join the artists from the Kingston area 
for their ART THREADS Exhibition and Sale of artwork
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
Level One Gallery
April 2 - 30, 2022
Opening Day and Meet the Artists is April 2nd 10-5 pm
Demonstrations by several artists April 27-29th in the Activity Room next to the Gallery.
Everyone welcome...


 

Thursday, February 17, 2022



Hi everyone... hope you will make time to stop by my Facebook Page for some updates as spring moves closer here in Kingston...Classes will resume at the Tett Centre and beyond soon. https://www.facebook.com/garnerbethany/

Here is a little post to let you know what I am up to in the Studio these days!

Blue, and green and gold in woven wool cloth yardage for new garments - off the loom at home, created for jackets down the line, with silk painted by hand once again... and here I am at home today, hand stitching on wool going round and round in circles.

The winter days are still cold and wet some days, but today the SUNSHINE is reigning winner - blue skies are getting me excited to get some Indigo pots going.
I mixed two gallons of different Procion MX dyes and added in another half-gallon of chartreuse dye that is ready to go onto silk noil fabric. Finished stitching a piece of indigo printed fabric on the Janome 6100 (never fails) with bits of "LIGHT" streaming through to go into a new art quilt plan... and just making some steps toward finish lines.
The Kingston Fibre Artists Show is coming along soon...
“Art Threads 2022"
The Kingston Fibre Artists are so pleased to announce that we will hold our SPRING SHOW in the Gallery, Level One, The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning in Kingston, Ontario from April 2 to April 29, 2022.
Until then you can check out the images from our October 2021 show in the Gallery on our website!

Beverley White, Dale Tomlinson and 33 others
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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

 We welcome all of our friends and neighbors, from our Community and visitors across southern Ontario to join us at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning for our Resident Artists Exhibition in the Gallery, Lower Level from December 9 thru December 20th.

Come see what we have been up to this past year! Nine Tett Artists will be participating, including two new resident artists.
Mark your calendars for a unique holiday shopping experience.
Thank you to the Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning for donating the Gallery space.

Date: December 9-20, 2021
Mon. to Thurs. 11am - 5pm
Fri. & Sat. 12pm - 7pm
Sun. 11am - 5pm
Meet the Artists Friday, December 10th, 7-9pm

TETT Resident Artists:
Sasha French
Michelle Reid Art
Adele Webster Art
Natalie Bohnen-Twiddy
Bethany Lise Garner
Floriana Ehninger-Cuervo
Pengyuan Wang
Alice Melo Fine Art
Rhonda Evans
Location: Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, 370 King St. W.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

 

The ponds are refreshed with the rain waters that arrived in force last week. Traveling birds, fowl celebrate and lands are happily coming to life once again

So here we are in November and the days are getting shorter, the time clocks have changed to the FALL BACK range and we in Eastern Standard Time are struggling to try to remember that! The leaves are down and the trees are starkly grey and lonesome looking... with many gatherings of the birds and squirrels and small animals seeking shelter as the days are cooling.

Along the Catarquit Trail, Perth Road Village link, Ontario

The Kingston Fibre Artists Show at the TETT was a huge success with many of our art pieces finding new homes, and I have a wonderful new piece from Janet Elliott hanging in my home...

Her's is a story of angst and fires raging through Western Canada, but a reminder that we are not immune to tragedy and are the keepers of the land. This artwork will be passed along to my son and his son and hopefully, the message will travel forward - the EARTH is our responsibility! The trees, the fields, the birds, and the small and large animals.. all on our collective responsibility list! (Janet's piece is on the left in this show photo below).

Other works on this wall of beautiful art were created by Robin Law's Field, Seymone Armstrong Lori Everett and Wilma Kenny. Well done ladies - so beautiful.


The Kingston Weavers and Spinners had a wonderfully attended show from Thursday Nov. 4th through Sunday the 7th and we extend so many thanks to all of the many visitors - some who had never been inside the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning and happened by, as well as the devoted fans that can't wait to shop the KHWS Sale each fall. Congratulations ladies.


Laurentian Lake #8, Joan Reive, Belleville, ON 2021

I had the pleasure of visiting with friends in the Quinte Fibre Artists group a week or so ago, and while on my way to Belleville, stopped to pick up my treasured artwork painted by pal, JOAN REIVE, and bring it home to add to my collection. This work is a treasure as Joan is a renowned Ontario and Canadian Artist - I am blessed.

Me - well I have been housebound due to a back injury for almost a week now, but mending nicely. 

Hoping to have some additional walking photos to share soon... see below... Cataraqui Trail. Until then... lots of HGTV, some reading including some new planning for weaving when I can get back to my looms. Looking forward to the last of fall days watching the weather change and my Lake Ontario view outside my Studio window tell her story!

Bethany





Monday, November 1, 2021

 Good news from our KINGSTON HANDLOOM WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD Sales Team.


https://www.khws.ca/
TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning
370 King Street West, Kingston, ON
just east of Sir John A Boulevard and the Kingston Penitentiary (your landmark)

Our KHWS MEMBERS are invited to an 'early' opening on Thursday, November 4 beginning at 3:00 p.m. MEMBERS only - so this special two-hour event is a wonderful reminder to join in the fun of seeing the gorgeous displays and adding some amazing artwork pieces to your gifting (or personal stash).

And, we would love to have you consider joining our active and very wonderful Guildm at the TETT if you are not a member!! There is so much to learn and many wonderful, sharing members to teach and support you as you learn to weave, spin, make felt, and dye your cloth/fibre...It will be great to see you!

For everyone else in our Community of Fibre and Weaving lovers:
Our Annual KHWS Sale is the Rehearsal Hall on the second floor at the TETT Centre Art's Hub at 370 King Street West, just off Sir John A Blvd. in Kingston, and doors open at 5 pm Thursday!
- NO admission fee - we accept cash/cheque/credit/debit
- proof of full vaccine required with ID and sign in for contact tracing

Public hours are here below...
Thursday Nov. 4 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
Friday Nov. 5 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday Nov. 6 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Nov. 7 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm



For updates... follow us at FACEBOOK:https://www.facebook.com/kingstonhandloomweaversandspinners/posts/1865037040366460

The objectives of the Kingston Handloom Weavers & Spinners Guild are, to promote interest and education in weaving, spinning and related fiber arts.

Monthly meetings that feature guest speakers, demonstrations, show and tell, take place on the second Wednesday of each month, except July and August. There is a social time at 6:30 pm, followed by the general meeting at 7:00 pm. Members of the general public are very welcome to attend.

Members may take advantage of our workshops, equipment rentals, a fully equipped weaving and spinning studio, and an extensive library that includes hundreds of books, magazines and videos which cover topics such as spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and basketry.

The Guild welcomes all levels of interest in traditional and contemporary weaving, spinning and other textile arts and crafts.

Come see what we’re all about!