Saturday, March 1, 2014

Registration continues for this very special Workshop with Penny Berens in May 2014

Fibre Artist/Designer/Educator
from Nova Scotia 
May 21 and 22, 2014, Odessa Fairgrounds Hall
Course Fee : $175.00

Penny is a cherished and renowned Canadian Textile Artist and member of the CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS Group and brings to FIBREWORKS her more than 30 years of experience.

Penny's workshop is certain to excite both new and experienced students. Recognized for her work in both hand and machine stitching, layered and cut collage, dye and paint work, mixed media exploration and surface design, this is one Instructor you will not want to miss.
Her teaching career as a studio artist bringing the best of the best courses to students across Canada and beyond is a testament to her long career and the many awards she has been granted in exhibitions both here and abroad.

The magic of discharge for fibre is a skill that many have coveted studying and Penny is a master. Making sure that her students work in a safe and well ventilated area, Penny will guide students through a number of focused techniques sessions. “It’s so important to take the time to play and not take things too seriously… allow accidents to become an opportunity.”

Students will explore discharge on Black Kona Cotton, (or colours/fabrics of your choice) using both traditional bleach and discharge pastes. Stitching options will be shared for Shibori  results. Exploration of brushed and sponged techniques will take your fabrics to a whole new dimension. Spraying the bleach, exploring the new pastes that add colour back and certainly the over-painting and special dye techniques that fibre artists love will all be a part of the adventure over these two great days with Penny.

This is an experimental workshop, and results can never be guaranteed, but FUN can.

You will have a wonderful two days with Penny as she guides you through her favourite processes and as you take steps away from the fear of using standard home based as well as all new supplies to create dynamic designs on your fabrics. Your classroom samples will be the foundation for hand and machine stitching in future projects. 

A detailed supplies list is shared with registrants in plenty of time to gather supplies needed. The facility will allow both indoor and out of doors space for great ventilation and exploration of many diverse experiments with discharge.  Do know that we are committed to the colouration of fabric  in a safe and comfortable environment at this fun filled workshop. Bring a friend and Come Play!!!

Register early as only 18 lucky students will have this time with Penny.

Visit Penny's TANGLEWOOD THREADS blog for all of the inspiration one body could possibly stand! Her archive of blog posts and photos is so very inspirational.