Wednesday, September 18, 2013

PENNY BERENS shares new photos of her summer 2013 discharge prepapration for FIBREWORKS Workshop


Please make time to visit Penny Beren's blog, TANGLEWOOD THREADS, as she shares news of her summer 2013 focus on creating the samples for her FIBREWORKS KINGSTON workshop MAKE IT YOUR OWN WITH DISCHARGE scheduled for May 20/21, 2014. Penny is a master of the use of discharge processes to create all new and original fabrics. This sampling is both exciting, deeply patterned and beautifully coloured, and is representative of the focus Penny brings to creating all new fabrics that will lend dynamic interest to her new work.

Discharge Samples, Penny Berens 2013
Penny would be pleased to have YOU share two days with her in May 2014 as she walks her students through all of the materials, techniques and exciting opportunities for removing colour from fabric. You will be adding exciting patterning using natural resists, shibori technique and as always, adding your own special touches as you prepare your cloth for its evolution as a focal point in all new work.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Workshops are filling fast - ARE YOU JOINING US THIS SEASON?

We are thrilled to say that the lineup of courses for our 2013-2014 Weekend Workshops Series is proving to be hugely popular and know that YOU will want to be in the classroom with our Guest Instructors as they bring you the very best of the best techniques and inspiration here in Kingston, ON. Please don't wait to register...

NOTE: Penny Berens workshop: DESIGNING WITH NATURE is now filled, with many thanks to those who have reserved their seat. A wait list will be maintained in case of a cancellation, so please let us know of your interest.
MAY 20 and 21, 2014:
Discharge work has always been a bit of a mystery for most fibre artists and can be a bit off-putting when the fear of bleach fumes and using products that can be harmful are involved in the processes and techniques. Please know that the opportunity to study with a master fibre artist like PENNY BERENS can take the mystery and fear out of working to change the colour and preserve the integrity and hand of fabrics. The magical transformations of cloth when using the new colour removing techniques that Penny will share in her workshop MAKE IT YOUR OWN WITH DISCHARGE are exciting and easy to manage in our safe and well ventilated classroom setting.
Now is a great time to reserve your seat and not take the chance of missing this terrific two day workshop with Penny. She will be travelling to Kingston from Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia just to share her wealth of knowledge and years of practiced expertise with her workshop students. Will you be in the classroom?
PAMELA ALLEN returns to FIBREWORKS in October for two days of FUN!!
October 18-20, 2013
When you are sorting through your photographs and albums of online pictures of vacation venues or recalling special travel that has touched a place in your heart, do you think that you would like to preserve those special places in cloth? Pamela has the masters touch when it comes to "storytelling in cloth" and will lead you through the planning, inspiration and quick fire exercises that will take you into auto design mode in her two day workshop.
You need to collect a few special memories, make some notes, gather the stash fabrics that will help you tell your story and get ready for a rocking weekend of fun and stitch with Pam. With a long and well honed background in Fine Art and the innate ability to guide her students to the initial sketch phase and selection and cutting of fabric for your pictures in cloth, Pam is the perfect tutor for beginning a new series of fibre art. Details just seem to come to life when you have a great palette of fabrics and some great photos or a picture in your mind's eye that you want to bring to life in cloth.
Former students will attest to Pam's fun filled, lively and productive classroom inspiration, and you do not want to miss this opportunity to share the journey with other like-minded fibre artists. Come Play! Registration is open and a great fall weekend with friends is what will get your new series underway!
Drop a note to Bethany Garner for a pdf copy of the 2013/14 FIBREWORKS brochure  and view each of the Workshops detail pages on the sidebar here at the blog. email: